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Make sure you got sunscreen if it is a good day. It could be super hot so wear light.The last 2 miles or so are exposed in the sun. The view is great tho cos you can see Rainier! See my pictures. Regular hiking boots can handle everything. I suggest to use poles due to some snow patches in the last mile. The road condition to the trail head is with potholes so make sure you have a good SUV and drive slow.

My dog & I headed up a couple days ago. FR 26 is open most of the way. We had to hike the road in 3.7 miles to the trail head. Only did a bit of the trail then headed back. Saw 2 herds of elk & no one else! Beautiful area. I would like to come back when the road is completely open.

hiking
snow
13 hours ago

The first 3.5 miles of the trail are dry and easy. After the creek the trail is covered in soft, wet, slushy, and sometimes deep snow, making the trail difficult to follow. We had snow shoes, microspikes, and poles and relied on them to get up and down. Beautiful views but I’d recommend being prepared for the snow. Both lakes still covered in ice.

*Currently closed due to COVID* Difficulty: moderate Mileage: ~5 Parking: Lot, overflow lot or street parking Fee: Free View: Other mountain peaks to the west Pets: Dog friendly What to bring: small bottle water Way up to Equine Incline, pretty easy ascend. Once you follow equine it gets a bit rocky, and little more moderate (rather than easy). Come early, parking lot opens at 7:45. We ran into a coyote. Usually pretty cloudy or foggy when we used to go before it closed. Not too popular that it’s overflowing if you go early.

My daughter and I did this hike in February. The views were nice and the hike gave us a good workout. This is definitely a hike to do Feb-April when the wildflowers are blooming and everything is green otherwise I think it would be too dry and hot. We did it counterclockwise and it took us about 3 hours to do the 7.8 mile hike.

Nice trail with plenty of shade. Some parts were a little steep but nothing too bad. I was disappointed by the amount of trash by the bathroom and the bags of dog poop along the trail.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
14 hours ago

Attempted to get to the lake today 29 May, lots of snow, the snow is getting soft, post holed a few places, fell hip deep into snow pockets a few places, could not find a suitable crossing point on the creek so opted to turn back. Flew the drone up to take photos of the lake and it is frozen but stunning!

Don’t go! The police were out here ticketing all day! I went early in the morning and got there before sunrise. But when I came back the cops were posted up. Got a 1,000$ fine along with my two friends!

Great trail! Really kicks your butt since they closed down the lower parking lots. Crowded though so make sure to bring masks. The waterfall is also extremely crowded. Otherwise, loved this trail! Dogs are allowed on leashes, but once you get up to the cliffs, be more careful since it can become narrow. You have to also cross multiple mini streams. Parking is hard to find so come early.

Freaking brutal. Awesome sights. We saw quite a few bison, which im not going to lie, was super cool, but I did make my husband go first...you know, just in case. All in all, I was 6 months post having a baby...and I was stopping to pump every 4 hours...I was in terrible shape..and I made it! If I can do it...anyone can.

hiking
snow
14 hours ago

Great trail conditions, little bit of snow but perfectly packed down

hiking
14 hours ago

The waterfall is worth the hike. Beautiful and you can stand on some or the upper rocks of the falls to get a nice selfie. Some of the wooden steps or bridges are very slick so be careful. Not too rocky with each step which is good. Nice hike

5 starts because the end is worth it. We got a little confused exactly where this trail was at times. Started this at 4pm and it was still really hot for the first half of the trail. As others have said, it gets shadier and cooler the further in. Trail is definitely narrow closer towards the grotto. There are ropes. There’s a nice shallow stream that would be a good stopping point for younger kids to hang out and then go back. Would probably do this with my 7 year old but not my 3 year old. We passed one couple on the way up. Perfect for social distancing or if you just don’t like crowds.

walking
15 hours ago

A very leisurely walk around the lake. Fish were jumping and the views of the mountain are stunning. Good family walk

hiking
15 hours ago

May 29 Still with some patches of snow and multiple areas where the trails are running with water. We wore waterproof hiking boots and we managed to keep our feet dry. Also utilized our hiking poles to make sure the snow we were walking on were packed and thus avoided potholes. We did walk on the edges of the trail on some areas to avoid some of the snow/stream. We checked our all trails most of the time and the 2 or 3 times that we didnt as we were pretty sure we were following the right path is when we got lost. The most obvious area that people get lost in is right after the 2nd lake as we saw other people tracing back to look for the right trail. (We weren’t paying attention to the stacked rocks that paves the way, we got distracted by the beautiful scenery around us). Otherwise, the lakes are so beautiful and so serene, another wonder to behold.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
15 hours ago

Awesome hike. Dog-friendly. The scramble at the end of the trail to get to the view is well worth it. A bit slippery in the rain, which is to be expected.

mountain biking
fee
no shade
over grown
15 hours ago

Beautiful. Rode bikes through the area. Be cautious of wildlife. Saw lots of beautiful plants. Sandy path but fine with bikes.

very nice hike. a few wet spots but not unmanageable. plenty of flora and wildlife. nice forest, prairie, and river views.

My brother and I took this loop and modified it into a 38 mile loop over 4.5 days - this is the most mileage we’ve ever set out to complete in one backpacking trip. We did 35 miles in Yosemite last summer. I consider us to be moderately experienced but very enthusiastic. We both used ultralight packs from Gossamer Gear and Zpacks. Dates: 5/23 - 5/27 Clockwise Route: Cowels Parking Lot —> Winsor Trailhead —> Spirit Lake —> Lake Nambe —> Lake Katherine —> Stewart Lake —> Lake Johnson —> Exit at Cowels. That was the plan, but of course, things didn’t go completely as planned and we are both totally happy about the unexpected adventure. Our first day went great, tough uphill the whole way to camp. We camped at the intersection of the trail to Stewart and Katherine. Only saw two other tents and it was Memorial Day weekend. Perfect weather. Beautiful stream 40ft. away. I had to hang a bear bag and it was challenging to find a spot but manageable. Second day we hiked to Spirit Lake. Got cell service halfway there. Trail got rocky and more granite-like. Spirit Lake was beautiful and plenty of camping spots but we kept moving. Headed up to Nambe Lake - hardest climb of the whole trip. Plenty of snow to hike over but never sunk into it. Nambe was rugged and epic. We planned to camp there and found possibly the only spot around the lake to pitch a tent. The air was freezing cold and we were up there and set up by 4pm. Laying there in the cold, we decided to move back down the mountain to get to warmer air for the night. Found a great green meadow to pitch. That night a bear came near our tent and scared the crap out of us. It was a good thing we moved down from the lake because that night it hailed and the next morning it snowed. I can’t imagine how cold it was up there at Nambe. The plan on the third day was to hike up Baldy and then to Lake Katherine from the upper trail. We got up to the sub summit of Baldy and the weather turned quickly into snow and hail. The storm overtook Baldy so we decided to go straight to Katherine. That soon turned sour too - the trail was blocked by a huge snow glacier cliff - totally impassable without some serious snow climbing gear. We looped back around to Spirit Lake and planned to go to Katherine from the lower trail. Our map mislead us and we hooked a left after the creek crossing too early. Ended up hiking up some side of Baldy on a treacherous trail with hail pounding us. Turned back to avoid hypothermia and to get under our tent out of the hail. We sped down the trail and passed the sign to Lake Katherine with much disappointment. Camped at the same place we camped at night 1 and got about 4 inches of snow that night. Definitely didn’t expect that and only had shorts with leggings and our Nano Puffs. Luckily our bags were 15 degree. Day 4 the skies were blue and sunny and we were praising God! We let our stuff dry out while we hiked up to Katherine. NOTE: Katherine is further up than the little pond you hit. There’s a ton of snow but you can get there. Hiked back down, grabbed our dried out gear, hiked to Stewart, then up to Johnson and back down. You need to go to Lake Johnson. Finally, the plan was to camp somewhere along the final stretch back to Cowels but we never found a flat area along the 4.7 mile stretch. That day turned into a 15 mile day all the way back to the car only to find that there was no camping allowed near the trailhead. Ended up sleeping in the car and heading back to Texas in the morning. Overall, an epically unforgettable trip to celebrate graduating college. I wish we had done more weather forecasting. You need to look at the forecast in the mountains, not in nearby towns and cities. We probably should’ve studied our route more closely beforehand because the map was too vague and led us down a couple wrong paths throughout the trip. 10/10 would do it again.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
15 hours ago

We love Washington State Park. Several trails to choose from. Lots of wildflowers. Down fall is most of the trails are close to other park areas including the roads. This leads to hearing cars, people, etc while trying to enjoy your hike.

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