Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Naches with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

beautiful, challenging, saw a herd of mountain goats!

Be aware that the sign that directs you to Spiral is missing. You'll need to keep a close eye for the Y that sends you left up to Spiral.
Also a section of the trail to Shellrock lake is under water so you'll need to find away around or be willing to get your feet soaked.

Great trail. Didn’t make it to the lake because of snow, but went to a nice snow field about 3 miles in and enjoyed blue sky views of rainier through the trees.

Easy short hike to a great view. The road to trailhead is very wash boardy but gets you up high before you start to hike.

Getting to the top was the difficult part but, the views and stillness of the forest make up for the struggle to get away from every day life. You pass a quiet and peaceful pond at your first scenery. Next is a clearing with meadows and flowers. Next time we go, we're going to hike the whole trail. We went 4-5 miles in and back. Getting back was so much easier!

Great trail. Long way to get to the lake.

trail running
Saturday, August 19, 2017

12 Aug 2017: clear trails, no mud, snow-free.
Follow the PCT south from US12 and skirt the edge of White Pass ski area on your way up. Once out of the forest those views hit you smack in the face and it is beautiful. I was giggling to myself after gaining the ridge above Hogback Mtn. Totally worth the effort, mosquitos will find you so keep on truckin'!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I did this several years ago. The trail was in extremely poor condition and very hard to follow due to the excessive deadfall. Then near the top I see all kinds of people young and old coming down and they turn left at the section 3 Lake trail jxn. The trail from section 3 Lake is much nicer even in its worst condition infinitely better than the Conrad Meadows trail Plus it's half the distance with 3000 feet less vertical. For the same views would recommend the section 3 Lake trailhead. If you want a 14 mile route with 4,000 ft vertical that will challenge your route finding ability through a maze of dead fall and poorly marked trail then go for it

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bring Bug Spray in the early spring and a beer for the top to enjoy the view at the top of the cliff overlooking Dog Lake.

It is bit of a boring slog to get to the butte, and on the way back the last 3 miles seems to stretch much further than you recall.

A couple things to note: Stay left at the first Y in the trail, and the trail for the Butte after that is on your left and marked with a sign for the lake. We missed the turnoff and ended up ascending a nice scramble to intersect the trail.

As a trail runner, watch for horses. It would be easy to spook them and we saw plenty of them.

Overall, a nice training hike with a beautiful vista for you to enjoy a cold, well earned Varietal Beer!

~ Yakimaniak

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Quick hike and trail was in good condition except for a few trees down. The trail is steep and you're hiking up the whole time which makes coming down a breeze! Great view of Rainier and Clear Lake. You can also see the tip of Adams as well which was pretty neat. Took us a little over an hour to get to the top with one break for a backpack switch and about an hour to get back down.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A lot of snow on the upper half over Memorial Day. Wear waterproof boots unless you enjoy wet feet. Look for orange ribbon on the trees to help you stay on the trail. The views were great at the lookout.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This was an absolutely beautiful trail. During the summer time there are a huge amount of flowers blooming like lupines, asters, penstemons, colombines, and rhododendrons. The view is amazing when the skies are clear. Even though I am very athletic this trail was difficult, if you don't hike or run very often I would not do this trail. Where there are no trees the wind is violent. Some areas the gravel is lose (so watch you step), I almost fell down the side of a steep part of the trail.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wasn't too bad of a hike. Pretty good views. Nothing spectacular though. There was a lot of birds in the thick areas. They gave the forest an enchanting feeling cause they would sing back and forth. It was a nice day hike and pretty good views of Mount Rainer, Rimrock Lake and Clear Lake.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

great view at the top

Monday, June 27, 2016

excellent weather...a few downs trees but the spectacular views were well worth it.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

So awesome! The views at the top were amazing!

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Fantastic trail! Loved the views from the top and while the cell service was annoying, I guess it was comforting just in case.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wow what a gem! This trail is about 14 miles like the others say. The trailhead is off 12 just East of White Pass; the trailhead aka Columbia Canyon/White Pass/PCT #2000.
It's a well-made trail, great for running, with a consistent but mild incline. It's a long hike but filled with many different panoramas, you won't get bored. A few forks in the trail, there are signs of you look closely. This is a breath-taking hike I am amazed it's not crowded. Not a lot of parking and no outhouses.

Monday, August 10, 2015

This was a really fun hike! Pretty steep in a few spots and there were quite a few rocks. But it felt great to make it to the top! And you can't beat the view!

Monday, August 03, 2015

We did this hike on a cold, cloudy but mostly dry afternoon. From the parking lot the convenient trail leads mostly through the woods with 2 or 3 nice look outs. The views from the summit were curtailed due to the mid -summer drizzle and fog of an unexpected rain cloud. However, the smell of wet earth was awesome. About an hour into the hike, we came across an amazing 5ft diameter fallen tree and about another hour after the fork we thought about going back but then decided to hike the rest (about 30 minutes) to the summit. As soon as we arrived there we were happy to have reached our destination after a 2.5 hour hike including some short breaks. The outlook was worth the effort even though we couldn’t see Mt Adams or other mountains because of deep clouds. We were able to have a view of Crystal Lake and Rimrock Lake which we enjoyed as much as our satisfaction of making it to the summit. I calculated our walk back to the parking lot for at least 1.5 hours but we were surprised to make the 2.8 miles in 1 hour.I think dogs were only allowed on leash ☺ . It´s a nice afternoon workout but please do your kids a favor and choose another trail: they might get bored and overstrained especially because of the gain of elevation of 1,700 ft along the 2.8 miles.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Outstanding lookout/day hike. The trail to the top is nice, but nothing special. After you get to the top and see the base of the old fire lookout, keep heading north to some outcropping that offer STUNNING views of Rainier, Adams and the Goat Rocks.

We broke the rules and let our dogs run off leash ;).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Great trail, not many views on the way up, but from the top it was beautiful!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Went up again to the top and took a buddy. Great day up there. Saw a good spot to camp that over looks Hwy 12 to the north.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Had a great day trip to the top of Round Mountain. Easy trail to follow, gets a little steep and rocky but well worth the view once you get to the top!

Friday, August 01, 2014

We had our girl’s weekend at Indian Creek Campground and made Shoe Lake our hike for Saturday. And what a gorgeous hike! It took 6,5 hours to complete this 21km (13 miles - not sure where 8.5miles came from in the description) hike! Love! The trails were a bit muddy before you got to the ridge and once on the ridge you had to really carefully cross 5 patches of snow. This was terrifying but exhilarating as well! There were so many wildflowers that I loved taking photos of: magenta indian paintbrush, indian paintbrush, alpine lilies, tiny alpine lupin, etc.

The only bad thing about this trip was the mosquitoes. Now, being from Wisconsin/Finland you sort of get use to mosquitoes.. let me tell you, I was moving 100% of the time whether we were stopped or not. Swarms by the thousands descend upon you and only the minute breeze at the top of the ridge let us eat lunch in peace for about 10 minutes before we turned around and hiked back. We went through nearly a whole can of bug spray and we still ended the hike looking like we had contracted chicken pox. A mosquito net and 100% DEET bug spray will be my new addition to my hiking backpack.

The views are stunning, the snow was not a problem ("slow and steady wins the race") and the hike is great. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone.. so long as you bring proper bug repellent.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What can I say about Shoe Lake? It's beautiful! It's also buggy this time of year. Bring a head net and wear something loose with long sleeves if stopping for any length of time.

There were few wildflowers and the trail is moderate with a slight elevation gain the whole way. The trail is easily traveled but there were many blowdowns within the first 2 miles to Ginnette Lake. Made for some good yoga moves going under or around. After that the trail levels out traveling next to a few beautiful meadows. After you pass the Chairlift trail 1112 junction you'll start traveling along a ridge with stunning views and many viewpoints! Soon you'll see the chairlift. An interesting surprise but it soon disappears. In about a mile the first views of your destination appear. A saddle to access Shoe Lake. We ran in to more and more snow patches along this ridge but those were easily traveled, until you skirt Hogback Mountain. Viewpoints show you this section of trail. Along this section, the trail skirts the ridge-line on its steep slope and there were 3 large patches of snow that are dicey to travel at best. Poles made it easier. Be careful crossing the snow. If you slip, it's a long slide down the slope with rocks here and there. This is were we turned around, making it half way across the first snow field. It was too late in the day to continue, and moving on wouldn't be safe. We were about 1/2 mile from Shoe Lake. So we try again next month when there is less snow and mosquitoes.

All and all, this is a great hike. Beautiful in all it's glory and a must see! Go later in the year if snow is an issue.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I meant WEST not east. We went west bound. I stand corrected because there's no option to edit.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Went up this trail last week. Halfway up the trail was snowed in but the snow was melting so it wasn't too bad. However, the trail came to a "Y" with on trail continuing east and the other north. We went east and damn was it steep! The trail came to an end so we followed the elk trails until we got to the top. There were a ton of down trees we had to go over and under. It was a tough trail/no trail but my wife, 4 month old baby girl and 6 year old son did it.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Very steep climb that took awhile. The view was worth it at the end.

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