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My wife and I did this trail today with our two dogs. Really, a gorgeous area with plenty of flora and fauna. The trail is not clearly marked and is fairly overgrown in places. It also mingles with wild game trails which make staying on the intended path difficult at times. Staying near the creek the whole way worked excellently, allowing our dogs the chance to rejuvenate whenever they pleased.

Be weary, however; we did find a 3' rattlesnake in a bush right next to the trail about 2 miles in. It warned me only as I came well within striking range. We unfortunately felt obligated to 'take care of' the snake, given the close call and risky location it was in. With the trail being overgrown, we advise you to take appropriate precautions if strolling through here.

canoeing
7 days ago

Not bad. Probably not enough water for the boys. But good for me. Flowers were out in bloom.

Not a gimme...pretty good climb the last quarter mile which was even tougher going back down. Worth the summit views at the end. Beautiful wildflowers!

Great hike watch for rattlesnakes. I saw 4 on trail yesterday.

hiking
17 days ago

amazing views of Ellensburg. a bit windy when we went, but when isn't it?

Great hike but definitely challenging. Very steep in some spots. Tons of bugs, especially at the top. I got up there, took a few pictures and immediately started back down. Just bugs all over me. Gorgeous views all along the way and a nice sprinkling of other hikers.

Great first hike of the season! Took my mom and enjoyed the wildflowers and the views thanks to the clear, calm day. The babbling brook made it that much more charming!

Made it about 3.5 miles up. Good for all ages our party ranged from 4-64 in age. Some loose rock at the beginning.

Amazing views at the top! Perfect time to go is now! So many wildflowers, water was running, and not too hot out! Must pay $5 to park for the day- the discover pass does not work there. It was about 70 minutes to the top!

A great workout with gorgeous views! There a various ways to get to the top, there is a straight up, a switchback and a couple others.

Great weather and trail condition. Dry trail, light rain, abundance of wild flowers. Appreciated the alternate trail for return trip, it was damp but not wet or slick, and provided some landscape change with the forest canopy over the trail for some of the trails length.

Wildflowers were JUST beginning-otherwise it was beautiful.

Good hike. Beautiful view at the top! Last half mile is a little more difficult than "moderate". Worth the effort!