hiking
scramble
snow
43 minutes ago

This one burns the legs. Don’t let the ropes intimidate you- it’s not that bad. Snow starts just past the scramble up the ropes and it got deep. Did this hike without any special gear. The lake was still covered in snow- wouldn’t know it even existed if I didn’t read ahead. I will come back in the summer. Hiked this trail in the second week of May.

This should be called lake of satan hahaha. The trail is very steep, rocky and rooted. Ropes involved!

hiking
21 hours ago

Great trail conditions, no more snow on trail. Road accessible to all vehicles. I’m an experienced hiker and the trek up is definitely a leg burner! Come prepared with water and food, while giving yourself adequate time to get up and down the trail. Views are well worth the struggle up!

Be aware there is a 5 dollar fee to hike this trail. That being said, traffic was light to moderate, even on a cloudy day. Trail is occasionally rocky and has exposed tree roots that are easily tripped on so be mindful while gazing at the scenery while hiking. The trail is mostly switchbacks until you near the lake. The lake is absurdly beautiful and makes this one a must-hike for the serene seeker!

Trail is a bit longer than advertised, but it is beautiful the whole way.

hiking
1 day ago

Trail was in great condition. Was a hot day so I went early. Passes by quite a few people on my way down. Was a tough hike!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Snow conditions are not ideal even in the morning. Ice axe and crampons are a must. 2 technical areas on the climb require 100% focus. Don’t get complacent. View from the top is killer

hiking
2 days ago

The trail was very steep but well worth the view at the top! We went on a clear day and the view was beautiful. We hiked the first 2 miles at a 40 minute mile pace and the last mile to the summit was a bit quicker. It levels out a bit before the final push, giving your legs nice break before you climb to the top. We took our dog and she did fantastic even though it tired her out! I highly recommend this hike!

Trail is in excellent condition!! What a great day for a hike and paddle on the lake. Brought my packraft up and found a small beach to launch off of. Trail has a few streams crossing but not overly muddy and one down tree across trail that someone has put a notch in to help boost yourself over. All in all a great time!!

Camped here on Memorial Day weekend! Fantastic Trail and plenty of campsites.

Steep but beautiful! Once you get to the loop go left or counter clockwise. The elevation is easier as it's spread out over a longer distance. Hiked this on a clear day and saw Rainier, Adams and St. Helens.

Trail up to the lakes can get steep at times, especially with a full pack. But the lakes and surrounding scenery, sawtooth range if I recall are gorgeous, and it proves a great spot to camp for a few days. We encountered quite a few bears at higher altitudes, come prepared

Nice & Easy family friendly hike.

hiking
fee
3 days ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Hard trail but worth the hike to the top for the views. Still a very small amount of snow near the top but wasn't a big deal at all.

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Hiked 5/26/20 morning. Road to trailhead is in great condition (any car could make it). 1 other car there when we arrived just after 8am, probably 8 or so cars when we left. Hike took us 4 hrs 26 mins (which includes a 23 minute lunch break near the top). Pretty cold up at the top. Some patches of snow on the trail but very small. Pretty muddy coming down (we took the loop clockwise). Overall great hike (though the weather wasn’t great). No view this morning (besides clouds) but I’m sure the view is great if the weather is right. People aren’t lying when they say it’s steep - a quad burner for sure.

hiking
blowdown
fee
5 days ago

This trail is beautiful and so is the lake! No bugs or ice at all. It lives up to the gorgeous reviews and it’s not easy so make sure your in decent shape. There was one large fir tree we had to navigate but, not an issue. There’s also a 5$ fee you need to pay if you don’t have NF pass so don’t forget it’s located at the trail board. If you’re going just for the day pack lite water and lunch is quite enough. If you have poles it may help you but are not necessary. The BIGGEST THING is this trail is HEAVILY TRAVELED! We left at 9am it’s 2 hours up spent an hour at the lake and 2 hours back and no kidding we must of past 100 people and 50 dogs! We had our German Shepard with us and that was annoying on a narrow trail. Keep your dog on a leash we saw and heard several flair ups with dogs. If you want a secluded hike and plan leave your dog off this one isn’t for you. Enjoy.

hiking
blowdown
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
5 days ago

24May2020 This trail is difficult from beginning to end. More of a climb than a hike. In the lower half it’s climbing over slick roots and rocks up the steep trail. In the upper half it’s some decent route finding with loose snow over steep slopes. There is still allot of snow up top so make sure you bring gaiters and gloves. There are two sections beneath the final ridge that demand some good ice axe knowledge. All in all an awesome mountain for those who want a little more out of their trails. Ice axe and crampons required (helmet as well if you’re smarter than us).

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