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Woof this trail is an ass kicker. The stats here are wrong, it's 4.5 miles up (9 miles roundtrip) and 3950 elevation gain. I made the late decision to hike up, leaving the trailhead just before 1pm. The lower part of the trail on an 80ish degree day is sooooo hot, I about heat stroked, but at least as I hiked up I caught more shade. July/August HIKE EARLY or LATE. I was so happy to reach some shade on the old logging road halfway up, which is the only break in the constant incline or decline of this trail. There is still abundant water along the way, I crossed the spring twice more above the point where the little trail sign apparently marks the last of the reliable water sources. There were a handful of trees across the trail, nothing very daunting to cross, but I was glad I had left the bigger, less athletic dog at home, while little sporty dog ran circles around me. There was almost no wind, even up top, and the bugs were pretty horrendous. I coated myself with 30% DEET before heading up and I got eaten alive on the way back down in late afternoon. Wildflowers are blooming, not a a real attraction of this trail but more of a nice bonus, there are far better trails for flowers. Saw western tanagers and bluebirds, stellar jays, and 4 of these large, dull/dark colored birds perched on branches, calling to each other up the hill and which I have no idea?? I wish I had worn trail runners instead of boots, the bushy stuff didn't bother me in shorts and there are only a few wet areas on the trail anymore, and it's not super rocky, but I would have appreciated the lighter shoes--I was whooped at the bottom. Glad to have trekking poles on the descent. Straightforward hike, nothing technical and obvious route. Enjoy! 

hiking
11 hours ago

Love seeing the flowers and trees everywhere, ran into one rattler. Took a gazillion breaks, so many cool swimming holes along the way. Once we got to the top I felt incredible, it was bliss, it was beyond beautiful! I would recommend getting in shape before striving for the lakes, I was a bit sore the day after, HOLY TEMALES!

Should start earlier on these beautiful sunny days, but great hike.

My favorite hike

did this hike on a rainy day last week but it was so worth it. the 3 mi drive on the dirt road isn't great, but i quickly forgot about it once i saw the the abundant wildflowers and varied scenery on the hike. a good workout but not too strenuous, the perfect length for a day hike. little eightmile lake and the actual lake both very beautiful

hiking
4 days ago

Mosquitoes were brutal this weekend. Nice viewpoint into the valley about a 1 1/2 miles from the TH. Trail is overgrown in several sections around the lake.

backpacking
4 days ago

absolutely incredible. simple as that.

Stuart & kulchuck are amazing! creeks, rivers, waterfalls, surrounded by awesome mts. & the lakes are of the best I've seen in high country. fish friendly too, how can it get any better? Now that I found out about the glacier hike past kolchuck i'll add that to the list!

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike. Got to the trailhead at 11:30 and the lot was full. Had to park 1/4 mile down the road. Nice cool day at 63 degrees. Lots of people, but still a pleasant hike with beautiful vistas. A bit of snow on the trail at 5,000 ft.

backpacking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Good hike! Some fallen trees blocking the trail occasionally but nothing we couldn't get past. Scariest part for me was going through some very thick underbrush alongside a sheer drop into a ravine -- these are the times where it would have been nice to have seen the trail.

Very steep towards the end, I was huffing and puffing, but I'm not in the best shape, so results may vary.

Also, at one point about a third of the way in the trail cuts across a trickle of a waterfall, but it deceptively LOOKS like the trail keeps going up alongside the waterfall -- very easy to get off the trail by accident here, it actually happened to several hikers we were on the trail with.

Also note: Significant amounts of the trail are unshaded, you're just baking on a mountainside as you climb. Those of you who burn easily, pack accordingly.

Went this past weekend (6/10/17) and the road was blocked off. we ignored it thinking it was probably placed there a while ago. As we went up to the trail head (dirt road) there were at least 4 spots that had bear feces on the road. Just a precaution. Snow made it impossible to reach the trailhead but was very close. We got 1/3 of the way up the trail and hit snow though. Since the trail was hidden we made a choice to turn back. Heading out again later this summer! Very pretty area near Lake Wenatchee.