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Chris Allen reviewed Vesper Peak Trail
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Great adventure. lots of variety. challenging but gorgeous! Bring micro spikes for the snow fields toward the top. Probably my most favorite hike - tough but rewarding with the most variety because you feel like you are experiencing an four seasons in one hike!

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George Wallace reviewed Heybrook Ridge
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Anusha Srivastava reviewed Vesper Peak Trail
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

This hike is amazing probably my new favorite- you get phenomenal views all the way up and today was the perfect day. Left the trailhead at around 6:30 am only one other car- first bit through the forest has a few stream crossings and then climbs a bit more with switchbacks through the meadow. Keep a lookout for rock cairns once you start heading deeper into the valley and the trail becomes very rocky and hard to follow with loose pebbles and rocks everywhere and the grade steepens. You won’t see the pass at first but as you get closer you’ll approach a bunch of switchbacks heading up over the ridge- those are a good leg workout and once you crest it keep going for another mile or so to the summit. Next section has a few snow patches and relatively flat until past the frozen lake when it starts to climb more intensely and you look up a snowfield and the last push to the summit. Snowfield looks very steep but it’s quite manageable with a good set of spikes and poles. The summit itself is clear of snow and there is plenty of space. Coming down is fun- bring a rain shell or something to glissade down but be careful as it’s quite slippery and hard to stop- there is a real danger of falling down the right side. Overall I got a solid amount of sunburn but totally worth it, this hike was definitely unique along the ones I’ve done so far and I def recommend coming early to beat the heat

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Katy B reviewed Heybrook Ridge
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Great trail. Short, easy to get to, kid friendly. Beautiful views, wildlife, and few people. Only drawback are the buzzing power lines that detract from soaking in the views at the top.

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David L. reviewed Heybrook Ridge
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Cody Cruz reviewed Bald Eagle Loop Trail
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BackpackingBlowdownBugsOver grownRockySnow

Must take Beckler Road near Skykomish to get to trailhead. Google Maps will take you a route that is no longer passable. The Bald Eagle trail is extremely overgrown with a couple easy-to-get-lost places. Would highly suggest including the PCT section on your loop rather than following the north fork skykomish river trail the whole way. Very beautiful, extremely fun. Count on the loop being 5-6 miles longer than the map states. Blue lake is gorgeous and worth a dip, though freezing cold. The blue lake high route is awesome (unless you are afraid of heights, steep slopes, small steep trails etc.) Snow is melting fast. Bugs were pretty ferocious-- bring spray and a head net. Hiked July 24-26. Enjoy the views!

Keren Hunt reviewed Vesper Peak Trail
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HikingRockySnow

This hike was amazing but also challenging for a number of reasons. the trail head is accessible in any car. We took a Camry out and only had to be careful in a few spots. The hike is pretty steady the whole way but is your typical 'harder trail' (Rocky, tree roots, and some big steps up and down). But it was still a physically tiring hike with elevation gain so do not expect it to be easy at all. Definitely bring sunscreen and bug spray. You hit quite a bit of direct sun in the meadow and in the rock quarry and see mosquitoes the whole way. The trail over all is in pretty decent conditions. The rock scramble is well marked with cairns, however the area right before Heedle Pass has a lot of tight switch backs a looser dirt/rocks so be careful in that area. The push to the summit is still complete snow covered. I had crampons that I used and hiking poles and they came in very handy! While it isn't a requirement to have either, since two of my hiking partners didn't, it is definitely helpful and makes the trek easier. Once you get to the summit (after the trek in the snow and a bit of a Boulder scramble) you are rewarded with views in every direction. Be careful on the way back down! the loose dirt with the rocks, which makes it kinda like gravel can be very slippery and tricky to walk down on. Overall, a fantastic but exhausting way to spend a day!

Olyvia N. reviewed Vesper Peak Trail
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

This is the toughest hike I’ve done by far. Bring sunscreen, you’ll be in the open when you’re going through the meadows and rock scramble. When you’re going through Headlee Pass watch out for falling rocks, or the potential of knocking rocks over the side. I accidentally did that when my friend was at the bottom and thankfully he moved a few feet away before the rocks fell where he was standing. The last .5 miles to the peak is covered in snow and I managed without micro-spikes but my trekking poles helped a lot. The view at the top of the summit was worth all the struggle going through the snow. On the hike down I fell multiple times on loose gravel so be careful and take your time.

Carolyn Burch reviewed Heybrook Ridge
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Pär Åkerblom reviewed Vesper Peak Trail
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Enji C. reviewed Vesper Peak Trail
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HikingBlowdownNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Summary: 1. Wear a mask. 2. Do not hike if there are more than 10 cars along the road. 3. NW Passes aren't required as this _isn't_ a USFS maintained trailhead. 4. Have experience traveling in slushy/icy snow (depending on the time of day). 5. Now how to self-arrest and have appropriate self-arresting tools (ice axe, trekking poles). 6. Don't hog the summit; there is insufficient space for everyone to enjoy it while observing COVID-19 restrictions. 7. Watch out for rockfall at Headlee Pass. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report-2020-08-02-9818736669

Anne Gilbert reviewed Vesper Peak Trail
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

A lot of sun exposure so I would recommend starting the hike early! We used micro-spikes for the final push in the snow towards the summit, but it could have easily been done without them. Hike took 7 hours in totally (counting multiple long breaks). It was easy to find parking at the trailhead and a Northwest Forest Pass is required. A tough one but totally worth it! I would 10/10 recommend.

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