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This was an awesome hike but I could only give it 4 stars because of the weather. It was a slight overcast and a bit cloudy so I will have to do this one again to give it 5. This was the first time I’ve seen a gang of people on a trail which lets me know just how popular this trail is. I’m not sure if many people know but the main ledge that everyone goes to is not the only cliff to hang at. Once you leave the middle ledge follow the trail that leads to the right next to the sign. While everyone was at the main cliff I sat at this one by myself for like 15 mins. Going up is a workout for sure but going down was pretty much all down hill. Recommend starting early as most people were going up as I was coming down. I will be back when the weather is better for sure

7 hours ago

I love this park!

Great place to picnic

Great hike with the kids.

Took the kids & went with my walking group a few weeks after. Was a really great light hike for the kids to get the season started❤️

We hiked the Lava Canyon Loop and crossed the suspension bridge. It was beautiful. The bridge was a little scary looking down on the river, but totally worth it. A little bit of rock maneuvering at times, but worth it!

hiking
8 hours ago

The view at the lake is breathtaking. Pictures don't do it justice. The mosquitoes were very bad. I'd recommend a head net and long sleves/pants. I wore long sleves/leggings, a buff around my head, and repeated used quality big spray.. that helped deter them but I still came back with plenty of bites (not nearly as many as my husband who was in shorts and short sleeves). I'd consider the trail very heavily trafficked but as others have mentions it lightens up after you turn off Colchuck. Nonetheless, we went on a week day and I'd say Stuart was still fairly moderately trafficked. This trail is more difficult then other "moderately" rated trails in the area.

Went on a cold, rainy day and it was really a beautiful hike. Good distance. Nice challenge. Beautiful viewpoints. One of our favorites.

hiking
10 hours ago

Beautiful trail and met some great people along the way. Like others have said, it’s pretty steep so we took our time heading up top. Recommend going early and packing lunch to have before you head back down the trail!

Amazing! And hard. Make sure to go in summer when huckleberries are out - out won’t have to bring lunch! And you can sleep in lookout tower at top if you want. Requires a little bouldering at end - I wouldn’t plan on summiting with a pup

Such a great dynamic hike for being on the short side!

hiking
11 hours ago

Awesome trail. Not many views until top. Great hike and gorgeous lake!

Beautiful trail, however due to snow & my inability to find the trail I was unable to do the full thing. I started the ridge near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center & it was absolutely beautiful, great completely different views on both sides. I went as far as I could then turned back & drove to the Switchback trailhead, as expected it was a challenge. I climbed through a lot of snow & eventually wasn’t able to continue, I conveniently stopped on some boulders & had a great view of the lake from above. The first part of the trail on the ridge was my favorite part; wildflower, snow covered mountain & Strait of Juan de Fuca views all at the same time.

THIS WAS TOOO SNOWY AT THE TOP, and bordering was much needed

So I didn’t do this trail, but I did go to this area. And when you pull in the first pull off for a scenic view on the left has an incredible sunset opportunity. The day I went there were two eagles flying above us the whole time. Also, right down the street from this rec area, if you drive down the road close to the coast, you’ll come to the end where you can take a sharp left turn down the hill. This is also an amazing view of the spit during sunset/sunrise. Enjoy!

This was an incredible view at every step of the way. There are lots of places on the way up to the visitors center to take photos. For this trail, the trail head is 1.6 miles after the visitors center. There is parking there. There are animals everywhere! No snow on the trail and was faster than I thought. The first area to go off normal trail, is worth it for the view. And it gets you away from all the people on the trail if you want some peace and quiet. The chipmunks will definitely try to get some food on the top! Enjoy!

By far my favorite day in ONP! These falls are a site to see. Don’t miss this one!

18 hours ago

I enjoyed this one! I made it to the bridge with the waterfall and turned back so a total of 5.8 miles round trip. Very scenic and magical.

18 hours ago

I loved the photography here! Very easy hike, and definitely a great spot to easily access for sunset or sunrise if staying near by.

hiking
19 hours ago

This was an amazing adventure. The trail is difficult. The last mile is grueling, to say the least. A pretty intense incline over rocks and roots. But there are plenty of amazing view points to stop, stretch, water up, and snack before continuing up. The pay off of the lake at the end is completely worth it.
Started at 7:30am, we reached the lake by Noon, with a very slow and steady pace, taking plenty of water breaks. (Had a newbie with us, didn’t want to push too hard.) Doable in 2 intense hours. 3-4 hours comfortably.
Two of us continued on to reach Colchuck Peak after having lunch by the lake. We reached the top of the snow chute by 9pm, made it to the summit by 9:40pm. The views of the Enchantments, Mount Rainier, Cashmere mountain, and Mount Stuart were unbelievable.
The descent is much quicker, (even in the pitch black.)
BUG SPRAY IS A MUST HAVE ITEM! Otherwise you will get eaten alive by mosquitoes!

Still a lot of snow at the top. Pretty fun sliding down on your bottom on the way back though! Got the last parking spot at 10 and saw a lot of people on the trail. Towards the end of the hike the snow started smelting making it a pretty wet hike.

backpacking
21 hours ago

never BBC ral lk y done to much of this stuff really just jumping in head first. had as grest time although there was more snow than i anticipated and so was ill prepsred to make it to the top. i will try again though

hiking
21 hours ago

4 star hike with a 5 star view from the peak. Well maintained trail with nice views starting 500 feet below the pass and amazing views from the peak. Last half a mile from the pass to the peak is strenuous. Take the right at the split. Keep going right. Trail should be marked better as there are no signs of the trail that reference Navaho peak or pass. Main trail from the parking lot is called Stafford creek trail.

Stunning views. Trail is pretty well maintained. Plenty of deer, marmots and chipmunks on the trail too.

hiking
22 hours ago

SO AMAZING! lower cave was mellow and dead ends, still tons to see and explore. Upper was quite the adventure! Scrambling over rocks and climbing 8ft walls... all worth it! Such a cool experience and my 8 year old brother was able to make it through, with much assistance of course. Head lamps are a MUST and it’s cold! The weather said about 75 up top today, it felt like 40-30 in the cave. Layers are your friend.
Keep the trail cleaner than you found it! It’s sad how much trash was seen today.

hiking
22 hours ago

Gorgeous solo trip and first up of the day.... Love the falls too!

backpacking
22 hours ago

With the intention of hiking Marmot Pass and Buckhorn mountain, we made last minute changes due to weather and chose Gladys Divide as our overnight destination. Seeing Flapjack Lakes rated as moderate, having finished the trail we would definitely say it should be rated as hard(ish), especially if you have the intention of bringing gear to sleep the night and travel the extra 3 miles rt to Gladys Divide. Around 3.5 miles in (cake walk), the trail junction for Flapjack Lakes is on the right hand side and immediately forces you to gain plenty of elevation over 3.7 miles. The last half mile is brutal and we got lost at the Black and White Lakes junction that splits off to Flapjack. On our way back we saw the sign post face down on the ground so I think that’s why we initially got lost haha. Make sure to turn off right before the last Creek you encounter that drains off Flapjack Lakes. We ended up crossing the creek and then cutting right and bushwhacked through terrible Alderwood until we met the trail. A few blown down trees obscure the trail, but it’s not too long until you reach the lakes. It’s beautiful with Olympic Sawtooth mountains overlooking the lakes. However the 8.2 miles clocked in didn’t feel “worth it” in all honesty since those 8.2 miles are without any views until you make it to the lakes. I injured my LCL on the way up and our plans to daypack up to Gladys Divide the following morning was thrown out. By the looks of it, Gladys Divide would of made the trip worth it, those jagged peaks and marvelous meadows past the forest have got to be beautiful this time of year and probably will continue getting more and more pretty. We met a few groups that saw a Bear in the forest towards the Divide so be cautious. Plenty of bear wire around to hang scented items or just bring a bear canister to be safe, that’s what we did. A group next to us said they think they were stalked by mountain lion the previous night after seeing reflecting eyes everywhere they went as they wandered back to camp in the dark. Overall, this place is true Olympic Backcountry and I enjoyed it. However, not completing Gladys Divide made the trip decent at best! Those looking for a moderate overnight hike should know that this “moderate” hike is physically demanding for backpacking.

hiking
22 hours ago

Super easy hike, the lake is gorgeous at sunset. Went on a first date here in formal clothes and got lots of strange looks lol

hiking
22 hours ago

Went with a friend, it was his second hike, I've done a few dozen hike now. We got to the top in just over an hour and a half, trail was nice and gradual.

23 hours ago

Attempted the drive on 6/21. 41 Bridge was closed at the campground. Went up 1100 but couldn’t traverse the washout on 4109 in a Subaru. Another SUV and a Toyota Tundra also failed to get up it. We all decided we’d either pop a tire, get stuck or high center. Take the southern route instead.

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