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on Mount Dickerman Trail

hiking
13 hours ago

Always a challenge! July 15th, 2018. Started at 1pm. Back to the parking lot 9pm, spent a lot of time on the peak, absolutely stunning views, peaks, snow and green. One regret, forgot insect repellent! The trail is well maintained l. A little snow in the end felt good in hot humid day. Bring a lot of water, mosquito repellents. One note: it’s for sure longer than 5.5 Miles. My phone says over 11 Miles

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail! Backpacked my 2 year old the entire 6 miles. Easy, minimal elevation. Beautiful views of the river most of the trip. Shady, sandy beach area towards the end where we stopped for lunch. Only complaint was dog owners not picking up poop.

July 8, 2018: Ah yes, bugs, snow, and VIEWS!!! The snow patches' well beaten paths are passable without spikes or poles; just be cautious of the water below the paths weakening the snow, not that you'll fall to your death or anything, it'd just be an inconvenience. One dead end path to note, but it was an easy remedy.
Other than that it's pretty straight forward. I would call it the lower end of a hard rating.
A clear day like today provides amazing views of Baker, Glacier, Shuksan, and even Rainier.

hiking
27 days ago

I hike this trail every year. Great views and wild flowers for probably the top 1/3 of the trail. Epic 360 views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

It was gorgeous and we had the 13 mile walk to ourselves. Flat and peaceful. Hardly any views of the mountains though. Some river views. I wouldn’t do the hike again, but the drive in was well worth it. The views from the amphitheater were great, which is about 3 miles in. Once you’ve hit the amphitheater you’ve pretty much seen what the hike has to offer. I recommend turning around there.

Went up the winter route. Snow started at about the 4000' mark, the slog up the slush is worth the view. Nice clear day. Beware of holes up the creek bed, starting to open up.

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

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.

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.

hiking
5 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

hiking
5 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 !!

walking
7 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! :)

hiking
7 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.

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.

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

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

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked solo to mount Pugh.

Road in very good condition, I've arrived from Darlingtonn side, not Mountain Loop Highway, much less gravel road this way.
Started at 11:30 and reached the top around 3 pm, returned to trailhead at 6pm. I did couple stops - at small lake and at boulder field. I've met three or four people going up as well, but seems they all turned around at scrambling part, to be honest I also thought about it all the way up since I don't have lot of scramble expirience, all scrambling I did before was much easy. I met last people going down when I scrambled the ridge and I climbed to the top completely alone and stayed at summit almost half hour also alone, the mountain was mine :) Views around supposd to be just awesome and you should see many peaks and mountains, but bad thing is that smoke has returned again and I've seen Galcier peak and Baker little bit.

some notes from me:

1) Bring a lot of water, there is only one accessable stream at the begining, nothing more. I brought 2.5 liters and was out of water at half way down.
2) Go early to avoid oncoming cars at development road, it too narrow.
3) Watch Pugh scramble on youtube before and If you decide you ok with that, than go! Apart that scramble most of the trail is pretty boring, neverending swithcbacks just killing me sometimes.
4) Way to the true summit from the false summit easier than way from the ridge to the false summit.
5) Way down on scramble part was easy than way up, usually vise-versa
6) Bring light backpack, I brought mine 38 liters osprey with all essentials, too heavy for scrambling.
7) Don't forget to put your name in notepad at capsule on the top.

hiking
11 months ago

Make sure you take your bugspray with ya, few biting flies in the woods, tons of them up top.

backpacking
11 months ago

Hiked today. My pedometer read 11.5 mikes roundtrip. It was one of the hardest hikes I've ever done and most satisfying. The views just kept getting better. Two bear sightings, tons of people and dogs. Some bugs but they weren't bad. Great views at the top. Lots of loose rocks on the trail. Overall one of my favorite hikes

hiking
11 months ago

I am not sure hoe to describe this hike. I think this hike could be anywhere from a three to five star rating. I happen to do it on a five star day. There is no parking lot but there seems to be ample parking on the road and you might have to add a few hundred yards to your hike. The trail starts and ends in the shade so that is a plus. The part through the trees and past the last is one of the best trails around in regards to upkeep and no obstructions. Once you enter into the boulder field you are pretty much exposed the rest of the hike. On a really hot day this would suck as I am not one for hot hot days in the sun, so more of an opinion. The hike to the pass now begins and before you know it you are at the pass. We caught a window where the wildflowers on this hill were incredible with the wide variety of colors. The trail from the wooded section to the pass is rocky and not as stable as it could be in places. I think it took about 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to the pass. After the pass you continue up through some switchbacks. If you felt vertigo at the pass you might want to turn around there. After a few switchbacks you are put on a ridge line that you travel along for a ways. I have a little fear of heights but I did just fine despite the possible drop to once death at many points along this hike. This ridge line is solid and takes you across a saddle where you see the false summit. After the saddle requires some scrambling for a short bit and then you are on a trail the remainder of the way. Here there were more wildflowers but not as vivid as the ones to the pass as the elevation has stunted them. I reached the top in 3 hours and 30 minutes. My dog, which resembles a Corgi with her short legs had no trouble with the hike or the scrambles other then some minor assistance, which she probably didnt need.

Incredible views in all direction from the top, Baker, Adams, Rainier, the Olympics, someone said Whistler/Blackcomb but I am not sure. Anyways, it was a five star day. There are other hikes that I prefer, like Vesper. I cant say why though. Its a hike that all should do if they are up for a challenge and an awesome view. I did this hike last year and we hit snow so we didnt get much past the pass but seeing what lies ahead of the pass I am glad we didnt press on. This hike is a must do but only if you are in shape and its a NICE CLEAR day. Dont get me wrong, I am always up for a work out and a challenge but on an overcast day I would just hike Dickerman nearby.

hiking
11 months ago

First I will say that the mileage listed here (5.7 mi) is out to lunch. It was easily 8 miles, which is almost exactly what WTA lists it as.

Anywho, I arrived at the trailhead at 9:45, hoping against hope there'd be a spot. To my surprise there were several! At first I wasn't impressed. The first two miles go through forest switchbacks, and except for the places where the trail passes by or under some massive rock cliffs, I felt like I could just be at Mount Si. However, after about the two mile point, the trail opens out to a beautiful meadow covered in wildflowers and some truly spectacular views. The summit is spacious and the sights incredible. On the way down, I saw my first bear!

Gorgeous views and wild flowers made the climb well worth it!!

hiking
11 months ago

awesome views and the summit is attainable easily enough. the big challenge here seems to be the gain and fitness needed, I seemed to passing everyone. the trail is not technical though it is moderately steep with roots, loose rock, and huge rocky steps. overall easy trail to follow, just long and vigorous, is all. but don't give up till you've made it! took me 2:15 up and 1:30 back down, amazing views at the top, great intro to the mountain loop peaks!

One of my favorite hikes. So beautiful!

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