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This was a “lost dogs” hike. We didn’t do the whole hike. At about 1.5 miles the owners were hauling ass up the trail because they said the dogs were up past the boulder field. They got loose below so that’s where we were looking. I forgot how beautiful this hike is, even in the rain and fog. I’ll be back, hopefully snow covered.

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

Arrived to the trail at 10am and finished at 1:30pm. It started out pretty icy so we had microspikes the whole way up but on the way down we took them off for some spots since it had melted a bit. Hiking poles we're really helpful when I didn't havd the spikes on since it was still frequently slippery. Foggy today with no view but still just good to get out and hike- the fire tower was open and nice to have a covered Bench to sit on but the shutters are down so you can't sit inside and look out. The road is certainly very very rough with potholes most of the way up until it becomes paved for the last little bit. Thanks Pilchuck for a good first visit.

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3 days ago

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4 days ago

An easier trail that dips down into a canyon and has lots of cool history to see. Easy to pair this hike with another short one if time and daylight permit, or take your time and have lunch down on the rocks by the river!

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5 days ago

Hiked today (11/30) on a blue bird day and had the place to ourselves! Very quiet, only passed three groups total. Holy moly this hike is amazing! About 2.5miles in is when the real views start, frozen waterfalls, snow capped mountains..truly a winter wonderland at the moment. Foggy lake is starting to freeze over but still looked unreal. An update on trail conditions -the road to the trailhead is icy for the last mile or so. We had an AWD and did fine but drive carefully. I’d check the roads before you leave as I suspect they will be closing the road soon -the trail is covered in a mixture of snow and ice, strongly recommend traction/spikes and poles -up around the basin is deep snow but manageable if you don’t mind postholing -there is a defined boot path the whole way up -we didn’t get our car windows smashed (yay?!) -it was super cold, 24 at the trailhead, dress accordingly Otherwise highly recommend! Would love to come back and camp in summer

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5 days ago

Absolutely wear shoes that can handle ice! Very slick up towards the top but beautiful.

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5 days ago

The final 0.5 mile road leading to the trailhead has huge craters - proceed carefully. The trail is a good one and Heather Lake is gorgeous (currently freezing over), but the trail is dangerously icy. My friend and I both fell - even with crampons.

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5 days ago

Despite the iciness and rockiness, this was a gorgeous hike. We couldn’t make it all the way to pinnacle lake, but on the way down we took a detour to Bear Lake and it was lovely. Definitely requires a 4wd vehicle to get to the trail, the adventure begins before the hike.

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5 days ago

This is always a great trail, but right now it is VERY icy. The view at the end is worth it (frozen lake, frosted white mountains behind) but you will slip and slide your way up and down in several spots. Micro spikes might help, but we did without them today, just make sure you have good traction shoes.

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

Beautiful hike today! Views of all the mountains. Very icy from start and snow on most of trail to top. Wore spikes whole time but didn’t need poles. Potholes are bad on road up so take it slow!

on Boardman Lake Trail

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6 days ago

Apparently the forest service doesn't want us using this trail. Tons of brush and small trees have been cut and piled on the trail and through the forest. I bushwacked for about 30 minutes, but it didn't clear and had to go elsewhere.

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7 days ago

One of our favorite hikes, gorgeous day, fantastic views. As always the road is a maze of potholes. You can probably navigate those with a car with reasonable ground clearance, but ... when you clear the pothole sections you’ll soon be into the snow line and the road is snow covered and icy. You can make it up without 4WD or chains but I put my 4Runner into 4WD on the way up. Coming down several people slid off the road into the brush. I had no problems but I kept it in 4WD, low gear, and kept my speed down. So play it smart & you will be ok, be an idiot and you will be in the brush or put your chains on. The trail is in good shape, snow covered most of the way. The first few hundred meters is a sheet of ice. You can pick your way up but spikes highly recommended. I didn’t use my spikes on the ascent but put them on at the summit for the trip down. Again, you can pick your way down without spikes but there are icy stretches and even though the snow was dry it can be slippery, it’s a rocky track, if you go down it is not going to be a pleasant experience. Remember, it’s winter conditions, if you can’t make it down under your own power you better have gear enough to stay warm for 12-24 hours until you can be rescued.

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7 days ago

Decided to spend Black Friday hiking here instead of shopping. The road in is in good shape. The last 7 miles are gravel but it's been recently graded so it's in really good shape - no washboard and no potholes. The first two miles are flat and follow an abandoned road bed covered with pea gravel. Then the next mile or so is straight up on switchbacks. The switchbacks are well graded and there are steps on the steep parts so it's not difficult. Then it's up to the lakes. Once we were up to the elevation of the lakes there was a few inches of snow, and with lots of icy patches on the trail and lots of (frozen) water on the trail, microspikes were very helpful and let us travel faster. Overall, the lakes are pretty, and as promised it was very quiet - we only saw two people all day. It's at least as pretty as some of the popular hikes in the area (Lake Serene, Lake 22) but much quieter!

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