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Short hike, beautiful view!

Nice well maintained walk until the big broken bridge. We couldn’t make it over with a baby so couldn’t get to the lake

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As of 4.14 the mountain loop highway was closed 10 miles out from hike.

1 month ago

Lots of snow, but managed to get to the lot and had a decent hike through the woods.

1 month ago

Great easy hike along the Sauk River. Great views on the drive in and even from the main parking area. There are a lot of new trees that have fallen and make the trail a bit challenging in some spots.

All around beautiful trail! The drive in Darrington is worth the trip itself, what a awesome time. I can't wait to go back. Very easy and flat. My daughter, dog, and I went on March 4th so there was snow on the trail but still fun.

It’s a long hike but the lake is beautiful. The water reflects the surroundings and it looks like a mirror.

Visited this trail on 3/3/18. There was still plenty of snow but it was a beautiful sunny day and the trail is fairly easy to traverse with appropriate footwear.

3 months ago

Snow stopped us on the road at about the 3000' level adding about 1.5 miles to our planned hike. No trees across the road. The trail up thru the forest had plenty of snow 1-2' deep. Once we got up in the meadows, gorgeous views, lots of snow, and lots of signs of past avalanches - we were up there when risk was low, so I wasn't too worried. We tromped around a bit near the tree line and then headed back down.

Nice trail for winter time. Very very easy trail to walk with no elevation gain. No snow and not a muddy or water logged trail. Some nice views of the rover but is really a mossy forest trail.

3 months ago

Nice stroll on a rainy Washington day. Didn’t see anyone else, loud and fast river to your side nearly the entire way. Finishing out at Murphy’s Creek was a bit disappointing, but you get what you get. A few downed trees and only one is a little tough to climb over, other wise a nice 2 hours in nature

3 months ago

This is from November! Now the road is closed. We hit snow about half way up and through on the spikes. My favorite time to hike Dickerman is in the Spring after the road has reopened and there is a still a winter route. You cant go wrong with this hike on a clear day.

hiked Dickerman trail today.
the snow at the top is soft and deep.
started the hike really early this morning and had a blast plowing the trail.
snowshoes required and ice axe a must in some areas.
It was 4 of us who had the mountain to our selves.
the northwest provides !!

5 months ago

Not our intended trail for the day, but due to the road being closed this is why we ended up. only saw one other person and enjoyed a nice peaceful walk along the river nothing really exciting at all but we were outside and it was a nice day that's all there is to it! :)

6 months ago

Good trail for kids. Not too long. No switchbacks. Very flat. Trail was well groomed and no trash.

Fist half is snow free, second with 2 feet snow. This weekend trail was broken well, no snowshoe needed, but it may change at any day. Seen nothing on the summit since snow fall and clouds around. Choose good weather day to hike Dickerman.

6 months ago

Hiked on 9/23/2017

This was my third time on this trail and to my surprise there was a lot of people. The autumn colors are gorgeous right now. The creek crossings are very simple, just be careful when stepping on the wet rocks and logs. They can be very slippery. Once the trail ends and you get to the scrambling part near the summit, there are small patches of snow. Either follow the cairns on your way up or go your own way. Just remember the summit is to the far right. I chose a really shitty way to the top and had a few scares, but coming down was a lot easier for me. Hopefully you will have more solitude at the top than I did. There were at least 15 people up there with me, and some very rude assholes. Despite this, I had a very nice gentleman hike back to the trailhead with me, as it was getting dark (I did this hike solo). Bring gloves and layers and plenty of snacks and start as early as possible. I lost some time due to following some cairns that were more than likely placed as a joke by some asshole. Took me way too far up the hill on a bunch of loose shale. I had to carefully make my way down and it was not fun. Another hiker said he had done the same thing. This one took me 9 hours total and it was worth it.

As the previous post said. I also w hiked 12 miles. I took upper Elliot, followed it around until I got to thed fork of the goat laked trail and lower Elliott trail. Went towards goat lake. When we got through most of the forest, there were many trees down that we had to climb over to get to the falls. Was a bit disappointed that we didn't find the lake but the trail wasn't very easy to see with all the fallen trees. we did gert a really good view of the falls. Came back to the fork and took the lower Elliott trail. Again, lots of trees down and blocking the trail. A lot more up and down on this trail and some of it was steep. Other than that, not a lot to see. Couldn't really see the mountains because of the tree coverings.

Ive done this hike in summer and spring, but this was my first time hiking in the fall. It was so beautiful! The first three miles were clear, but there’s a lot of water on the trail. The last two miles there was a lot of snow. It started out patchy, but eventually got up to 3 feet deep. I recommend packing hiking poles and snowshoes, or micro spikes for the top. It was beautiful and we had the summit all to ourselves.

7 months ago

Awesome sauce, if you like a good hike and don’t mind walking up a few miles of forest road to the trailhead then this place is awesome.

7 months ago

Challenging hike but d finitely worth it. Gets windy and super cold at the top. View is absolutely beautiful. Totally worth it

7 months ago

Great hike, if your new to area plan on taking the whole day to enjoy the view and hike. I hike, a lot took about 8 hours total with two stops for snacks and two stops for view....well maybe more, lol. Absolutely beautiful!

Would agree hiking poles are a win, and you can get lost a little so plan the route. If you have bad knees it’s a killer on the way down!

Snacks, and plenty of water at least 2 liter to get you through on a warm day like yesterday!

7 months ago

I hiked Vesper peak last weekend and it was absolutely incredible. Definitely one of the hardest hikes I've ever done but it was so rewarding once I got to the top!

It was super easy to follow all the cairns, I didn't get lost or off track at all. The only part that was somewhat hard to follow was near the very top with all the boulders.

A few things to note:
- The road leading up to the trailhead is "closed" but I kept driving and had no problems. I made it in a car just fine.
- This hike clocked in at about 10 miles total, not 8. Prepare for a longer hike!
- The last mile or so you are just climbing up rocks. I wish I would have had hiking poles for the way down.

7 months ago

Love the view! Long but easy, mainly flat trails. Waterfalls along the upper trials are a plus. A lot of space to relax, unwind & take in the amazing lake.

My first real hike in a decade. I absolutely loved it. 4 1/2 up 2 1/2 down. The weather was fantastic. Make sure to bring water. I went through 3 1/2 liters.

Good hike, dog friendly and to sit by the river was beautiful with the views here. Not a lot of bugs either.

Didn't read the reviews before hand, my bad, listen to the one below this. Road is COMPLETELY washed out, there is no way around and it's 2 miles before the trail head.

unfortunately it was cloudy up top. it's a grind!

8 months ago

- Mid way the trial is relatively flat and easy
- Dog friendly
- Waterfall pit-stop

- A lot of bugs (highly recommend bringing good bug repellent)
- We couldn't find the lake because we lost the trail after the waterfall
- First and last part of the hike has a lot of climb

Overall for someone like me who has only hiked twice this summer this was a decent hike. It was a little disappointing not getting to the end but we were still satisfied with the waterfall. Our black lab definitely enjoyed himself at the waterfall. I would go again just so I can reach the lake.

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