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I'd say the first two miles are Moderate as the trails are identifiable and in decent shape. After that it's a crap shoot of being able to even find the trail, let alone being able to scramble up it. Lots of loose rock and scree as the author notes, which could be fun if you're looking for an adventure. A HARD adventure.

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.

Trail description says NO DOGS, but this trail is technically outside of of the park boundary and according to WTA.org, dogs on leash are allowed. I suggested an edit, but there was no place for comments to explain the edit.

This is not moderate in my book. Lots of loose, sliding shale. Trail is definitely NOT moderately trafficked. You are on your own, unless rattlesnakes count. This is for dedicated backwoods hikers who like a little more challenging terrain. Discover pass required.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is in good shape with short sections of rock, sand and blown down trees. Amazing lake and worth the effort. Starts out on sandridge trail which is a good climb. Trail levels out and is easier after the first 2.5 miles. Awesome day!

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

the hike was beautiful, however in July come prepared for a ton of mosquitos they are horrible, layer ip and a net fir your face will be your saving grace. The trail is at least 5 miles one way not 6.7 there and back as indicated in above discription. FYI.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

My wife and I loved this trail. We only went about 3 miles in but we loved it. 3 major waterfalls that are downright gorgeous. We went on a Monday and had the trail to ourselves. After crossing the stream at the beginning, the next mile or so is steep switch backs and quite a climb. Will give you a workout. The rest of the hike was a very comfortable slope. Beautiful stands of pine, spruce and cedars stand over creeping Oregon grape, moss, huckleberry under stories. Trail is well maintained. The person who gave it 3 stars unfairly needs to realize that the best parts of the trail came after the steep beginning where they gave up and turned back.

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Love this hike. Fairly easy to lake but a pretty good work out to the gap. Keep going through gap and stay left on the trail. There's another gap with lake and view of Rainier. No dogs past that point. National Park boundary.

For how many people use this trail it was in pretty good condition. The views are great and the area very clean. I went with a scout troop and even the youngest made the hike to the lake with a pack with only a few breaks. It was difficult to find an empty camp site because we arrived late Friday (around 9pm) but the trail was easy to follow. I will be taking my family up here in the near future.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

This trail was great! It pored rain on us but we went 6.5 miles up and back. Would recommend this trail.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Trailhead is very easy to find, just past the restroom at end of parking lot. Very nice hike, no bugs in September. Can be a bit dusty if no rain recently and you are following hikers. Suggest hiking past the gap towards Crystal Lake for views of Mt Ranier. Sheep Lake is very picturesque and a great short hike.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Loved this hike. Started off with some steeper switch backs and then leveled out a little bit more, amazing waterfall within the first 10 min of the hike. The next few miles are slight up and downs with amazing views, when you get about 3 miles in you hit another amazing private waterfall. Wish we could have kept going to the end but we only made it about 4 miles in. We don't hike very often and I didn't think it was that hard. The hardest part was the switch backs in the very beginning.

Such a nice hike

I couldn't find the trail head. anyone know where it is.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great trail with wonderful views, the first 30 minutes is covered with downfalls and several times you have to leave the trail to make it around, but once you get past the down falls it is a great trail with spectacular views all the way.

It was a nice hike. The majority of it was uphill, with a lot of rocks and roots. Great views and smells. One downer were the mosquitoes. When ever we stopped moving they would swarm.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Shellrock Lake is beautiful. But getting there today was made more difficult by 89 downed trees on the trail! No joke.

Most were easy to step over, go under, or go around, but it was a constant problem.

This trail is mostly in the trees until it opens up for the last three miles to the lake, then it is classic William O Douglas Wilderness -- open forest, small trees, small lakelets.

I had the parking lot and the trail to myself. it was a solitary, great day on the trail.

hiking
Saturday, December 12, 2015

My wife and I went up the end of the 2nd weekend of October. Temperature was excellent, and once you make the rock falls, you can begin to see out over the terrain. Hike is only moderate, but it does climb most of the way in. The bridge is washed out and seems like it has been all summer and maybe longer. There is a trail developing to a fallen tree about 75 yards upstream from the bridge footings. Parking was no problem in October as the campsite had just one occupant. The William O. Douglas Wilderness boundary is just a half mile in or so, so we filed a permit at the trail head.

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