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on Navaho Peak

1 day ago

Longer than 10.4 miles!

on Lake Ingalls

4 days ago

Beautiful larches. Left seattle at 5.30am, trailhead at 8.15. 2.5 up. Top for 1 hour. Little over 2 down.

hiking
4 days ago

No bugs, just a few nice people, a perfect alpine lake. What more do you want?

Obstacles include mud at the bottom followed by a very steep climb up to Rachel and then the fork to Lila / Rampart / Alto. It’s a full click more rugged than trails with more switchbacks and better trail work.

Warning is I got confused on leaving Lila lake as there’s several trails out, so be sure to have a map. One option is screen shots of the all trails map, or of course buying all trails pro. There’s no cell service out there and very few people on a weekday, so be ready to be self sufficient. Apple had “helpfully” offloaded my compass app so I was without that. The ground at Lila is partly frozen so I imagine an unprepared overnight would not be fun. Fortunately I figured it out by back tracking and got to the car at nightfall.

Great hike! I clocked in 8 miles with 2400 ft in gain. Great views at iron peak, will do again sometime!
Went on a beautiful October Saturday, only ran into three groups, 2 groups of 2 & a group of 7. It never felt crowded though. Road was fine for an vehicle. Lots of washboard made for a bumpy ride! My sedan made it up NO problem.

hiking
7 days ago

Enjoyable hike in perfect fall conditions. Started hiking around 10am with air temperature just above freezing so dress appropriately. The trail is in good condition but lacks any signage so be sure to follow the directions, particularly bearing to the right at the T. Arrived at the ridge around noon.

There are not much in the way of views on the trail to the pass but once you reach the ridge the views are magnificent. The trail to Navaho Peak is steep but well worth the extra effort, Rainier and Adams were both clearly visible.

Be aware, modern firearm hunting season is now open and there were hunters walking on the trail during my return. I wore my orange jacket and hat to ensure I was visible.

7 days ago

Very beautiful ! it was harder than I thought , especially it was no trail , muddy and rocks before we see the lake

8 days ago

Went there today. Very beautiful golden larch. Parking lot was full when I got there at 8:10. I had to park my car on the side.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing colours. Not lots of people. No bugs. A bit muddy. Better to wear waterproof walking boots.
At Rachel lake, got a bit lost but found the trail to Lila lake. Look for a small sitting area just before reaching the edge of the lake. There is a sign with “trail” written on it. I was alone at Lila lake. Just beautiful. A bit cold up there in spite of the sun.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike. Tons of people, but still had sections of quiet solitude. Golden larches against the snow were beautiful. Micro spikes were helpful for a quarter mile section.

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome hike, the road up was pretty wash-boarded. If you want to go all the way to the lake, bring micro-spikes -- the trail gets snowy/icey at the end

Stafford Lookout Trail: The road up is paved most of the way which was quite nice. I used the gps coordinates from the wa trails site to the lower parking area. Once there, there is a road to the left that goes up right to the trailhead. Many steep-ish dips in the road would make it iffy for lower clearance vehicles. I did the Stafford Lookout trail. Once you cross the bridge the trail appears to go straight ahead, but veering to the left is an old road that heads up. It is a moderate grade the whole way up, but a shorter hike. Maybe 1.5 miles one way at most. Few fall colors, lots of leaves on the ground but the view at the top is great for the little effort required to get there.

Overall great hike. Was able to get to Rachel Lake yesterday (10/7) but not all the way to Rampart. Around 4500' we started to encounter some snow patches. Snow on the trail was compacted down to around an inch for a couple of the last switch backs. Extremely difficult to pass without poles because it is VERY slippery. We were able to do it without poles, but only very slowly and almost face planted several times.

If going on a weekend, be sure to get there early, as the parking lot fills quickly.

Beautiful!!!!

Hiked here on a Saturday, 10/06/2018. Got to the trailhead around 830am, and only 4 cars were there. The trail had snow about 5 inches high. I didn’t have my spikes but wish I had them. After the first half a mile the trail is all snow until the Lake.

The effort was 100% worth the reward. Stayed the night next to the lake. Woke up to a beautiful morning. Fall colors were everywhere. Could not have done this hike at a better time of the year.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice view all the way to the lake !

hiking
22 days ago

It was spectacular!!!

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail and easy to manage, even in the dark. Arrived at the trailhead at 4am and managed to make it up to the lake by 7am for the sunrise, which did not disappoint. Dozens of goats near the boulder fields but they were quick to get out of the way when we shouted at them. Would definitely recommend this hike for anyone wanting to do a Larch March!

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful hike. However, I was absolutely disgusted by how many blue plastic bags full of dog shit were left on the trail - I counted five on the way in.

Show some respect, people. Unbelievable.

Gorgeous view at sunset!! I used google maps, which didn’t take me far enough along the road, although I figured it out based on others reviews and continued going - but I also had WTA directions on the well, which are accurate. Took me about 35 minutes to drive up the dirt road in my Dodge Neon, and about 25 to drive back down - it’s a bit bumpy, but nothing impassable at all.
The trail is steep but very short, and has great views. The lookout was locked when I was there, but I sat on a little log looking bench for about an hour and watched the sun set. Gorgeous, and for such a small effort!

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike! It’s a little tricky to get to the far side of the lake where the camp sites are. I had to traverse a steep slick rock face. The lake is beautiful.

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done; incredible mountainous views the entire hike. Gorgeous lake, big fluffy white mountain goats. The trail becomes a boulder hill the last mile or so, so watch for the carrans (stacks of rocks that have been strategically placed to show you where to climb) or follow other hikers for the best way to the lake if you're not sure.

I didn't think this hike was that difficult. Long? Perhaps. But it's so breathtaking that every mile should be savored as you take in the views.

Great hike! Saw some goats. Lots of rain but worth it for the sights... autumn colors were popping. The larch trees are turning too. So happy we stuck it out for the next morning because it was sunny with some awesome moody clouds above Mount Stuart’s peak

Great place!!

on Red Top Lookout Trail

28 days ago

the directions in the app are wrong. takes you to a place along the road to this trail that isn't correct. continue to the very end of this road, total 5 miles from first turn off. this hike is easy yet a little challenging. easy because it's so short. challenging because it's a steep hike up the whole way. very worth it. the views are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

A few too many people for my liking. Hard hike but the view was pretty.

Great hike for my puppy and me, great view too!

hiking
1 month ago

It looks like they are working on the road to the trailhead. All types of vehicles are able to make it to the parking lot and trailhead. Very nice paved road until you get about 12 miles from trailhead. From there, no big rocks/ruts, but very washboard! I drove very slow much of the way in a Corolla, some people cruised by going 30mph. Very nice trailhead area with bathrooms. It was full with about 20 cars along road as we left.
4.4 miles, 2 hours roughly to lake, another .5 miles to the far end of lake.
Dress for fall, on our way back, saw people going up in shorts, tank tops, sandals, and little gear. They were already looking and commenting on being cold. It was cool and breezy at the lake.
No mountain goats out today.
Didn’t catch any fish. Had a bite. Tried some slow spinning flies, spinners, and power bait. We’ll have to do more research before fishing there again.

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