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3 days ago

Beautiful hike. One of my favorites close to Seattle. With the snow we had recently, I would STRONGLY recommend spikes, at the least poles. The packed down snow is quite slick.

about 2-2 1/2 feet of fresh snow on the trail. parking lot is completely covered and inaccessible. snow shoes were needed

I went on February 2nd when it was still 50° out. It was really pretty. The sun came out right after I reached the end/upper falls and remained out on the way down. I really enjoyed it.

15 days ago

Beautiful waterfall hike. ♡ Mud was expected but not bad at all. There is a shop at the park entrance with a few little items for purchase. Only down side is that it can get crowded on weekends and that makes for very limited parking. That said, we will be back.

Beautiful day for this hike. Trail is in good shape, some trees have fallen over trail, a bit icy as you reach the lake. Used poles without cramp on and we were fine. Warning - Bathrooms were locked!

Just finished this hike about an hour ago and it was AMAZING!!! The view was so pretty and the trail is pretty well maintained. We were warned by the “ ice” by other hikers and it was definitely pretty damn icy. The lake was frozen over but totally beautiful!!! I would definitely recommend this hike!!! Loved it! There’s also an area for the falls and some really cool little “ mini waterfalls “ leading up to the lake. We did hear someone blowing a bear whistle so not sure if there was one or not, but I’d be prepared with Bear mase or what ever just in case.

23 days ago

Hiked this on January 19th. The hike itself leads to Small Falls, and Wallace Falls. As the name implies, Small Falls is very small. Go there, get a few pictures, you’re done. Continue to the Lower Falls for some decent shots just to look up and see the main fall. Continue to the Middle Falls and this is where 90% of the photos were taken. The Upper Falls wasn’t worth going to for me personally, as it seems you mostly just look down the waterfall from that viewpoint. Overall a great day hike, and easy for dogs (we saw a ton and loved every second of it).

24 days ago

Well maintained beautiful trail. Was quite popular this Sunday but everyone we passed was friendly and accommodating. We only made it to the Middle falls because my 7 year old simply wasn't up for the climb to the upper falls. Still great views.

Insane views. semi-steep with the occasional patch of snow approaching the lake.

got to the trail head at 830. there was light rain but not much. the trail was in great shape. a few muddy spots but nothing that couldn't be worked around or walked through.

the falls were all especially strong today. the lower falls are great with a view of the middle falls in the distance.

the middle views are what you come for.

the trail to the upper falls is more difficult than the rest but nothing more than difficult moderate. the upper falls are great as well.

the valley overlook is also stunning.

This was a thrilling and energizing hike. Wasn't too sure how to pack for this hike, (ie. Snowshoes, yaktrax, or micro spikes), but I packed my yaktraxs, and was glad I did. The last 1/4 mile was covered in packed snow. You can get away with good hiking boots alone, but the extra traction helps with the slippery accent and decent. The frozen lake was a great site, but even more amazing was all the avalanches occurring across the lake. We started our hike at 1:30 pm, and reached the lake at 4:10. We were back down at 6:45 pm. Head lamps were a must, and very much used. It was exciting to hike back down in the cover of night, and moonlight.

Hiked up about 1.5 hours at a slow pace and did not quite make it to the lake. Trail was in good condition; wet and rainy but no snow or ice. Saw other hikers both solo and in groups. Seems well trafficked for a Thursday and therefore great for the solo hiker! Lots of parking (2:00pm Thursday). Bring Northwest Forest Pass. Bathrooms still closed. Beautiful hike!

Woody trail is beautiful, leading to spectacular views of 3 falls, lower, middle (wow!) and upper. There are also panoramic views of the Olympics and Seattle to be enjoyed on a clear day, should you choose to add a huge loop to your falls hikes, and head toward Wallace Lake. Record high, clear day in winter and the parking lot was packed, trail busy, but still lots of quiet spots. Dogs had a great time and other owners were conscientious. Really well maintained and signed trails and great facilities at the parking area.

1 month ago

Weather on the trail was perfect, no need for poles or yaktracks. The trail is super wore down and good for a person looking for a stroll or a family. The upper falls is worth the extra ~1 mi to the top. Also we started our hike at 8:30am and was completely alone most of the time, trail didn't start to get heavy with people until around 10:00.

We hiked on 1/12/19. Clear trail most of the way with slick rocks and compacted snow near the top. We managed with athletic shoes, but more traction is highly recommended. Much colder and windy at the lake, but beautiful. High foot traffic. Bathroom is locked due to the government shutdown...

Doing this hike again, after 5 years. This time we are doing it with Daughter, our 8mth old puppy and more friends. Going Saturday January 12th 2019. This will be the 3rd hike of the new year.☺

1 month ago

Road to the TH eventually became too snowy to drive on in our Ford Edge. We got stuck and once out we ended up parking and snowshoeing 3.4 miles to the TH- though views on the way up were spectacular and even more so on the way down because it was sunset.
Once we got to the TH the path was pretty much fresh snow the whole way up to Sunrise Mtn. (About 2.3 miles). Most of the time you could pick out where the trail would be but in one section. With a lot of trees the trail was difficult to navigate and we ended up going off course and eventually finding our way back to the trail. On the way down it’s easy to attach into another trail going down so if you head too far right that’s where you could end up.
We were the only ones on the mountain all day. Quiet and the views were beautiful from the top. Sunrise summit has trees but the views are still really good. From there you could see Glacier, Mt. Ferrow and Baker. Scorpion appeared to be in a cloud and with the added mileage to get to the trail we didn’t have enough daylight to attempt it.
Minimal avalanche danger due to hiking along the ridge line.

Beautiful trail, we hiked it on Jan 9. Majority of hike has slushy snow on it - it rained the night before which made some of the spots fairly slick. Decent amount of steps as well as occasional rocks. Microspikes encouraged. Beautiful lake - we had it all to ourselves!

Did this Jan 2, 2019. Beautiful views! I’d say there’s not snow until 2/3 of the way up? Maybe 3/4? Not a lot but enough that micro spikes made life 1000% easier. Would be tricky to do without, especially coming down - the snow is packed down enough on the trail that it’s quite slick and you’d be sliding down. The lake was very pretty and the views were lovely the whole way up. I’d say this is moderately difficult, with the last couple miles to the top being quite steep. It’s also closer to 9 miles according to my Strava recording. Took us about 4 hours to do with a snack break at the top.

1 month ago

Completed this a few months ago. Was great.

1 month ago

Lots of logging, not much trail left.

Well maintained trail. Stairs at a lot of places add convenience but feel not belonging there. waterfall first. if you feel you have exhausted less than 30% energy, go for the lake. On 1st Jan, the last one mile had snow requiring microspikes. I did without them but had to struggle a lot. Ample parking space and toilets in parking as well as when you reach lake serene. Mesmerizing view of lake serene from lunch point in winter.

Such a gorgeous trail all through. One can hear the sound of river pretty much from the entire trail. the views of water gushing on the rocks and the waterfalls are to unbelievable! Middle falls are the most pretty but lower falls are quite a beauty too. Upper falls has a much steeper climb but not the views as impressive as middle or lower. Also if you go to upper falls, the total trail length is 5.5 miles. I think the 4.4 miles mentioned in the description is only till middle falls. But Valley overlook point is beautiful, after middle falls and before upper. The trail condition is very good. Various bridges, stairs and paved paths all through the trail. Hiking poles were such a savior. the climb is steep on this trail, so if you can take the poles, please do!

1 month ago

Great hike on a beautiful and maintained trail. Being that it was New Year’s Day and free day at state parks we were still lucky enough to find parking.

We had some sunshine and a bit of blue skies. We saw a lot of cool fungus.

Hiked with our two kiddos, ages 5 and 7. The ranger station has a fun scavenger hunt to complete.

Amazing hike. The hike to the waterfall is filled with clear ice so extremely slippery. The lake is beautiful! Try going on a clear day if you can.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike. Avoid the crowds and go on a weekday.

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