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Jennifer Rhizor
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Emma Orness
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this hike! It was a good leg burner and the wild flowers were stunning. Overall great hike even though I didn’t get much visibility at the top! Definitely bring •sunscreen •extra water •snacks

Sean Riley
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Lindsey MacKender
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HikingClosed

A simple walk to a railing view of the falls.

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Jamyne Richardson
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Rocky

I loved this trail. It is challenging especially coming down. It gets a little tricky when meeting other hikers especially with dogs. The trail is narrow and it can be a tight squeeze in some areas to get by but there are several areas to get off the trail and take in the beauty. Be prepared to layer your clothes as it definitely gets cooler as you go up.

MsPhit 1
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HikingClosed

With a “sign” saying “You Will Be Fined”

Sara Sbarbaro
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Hiking

Wonderful trail. The path is either tricky footing and steep or easy and flat. No I’m between. Up and down with a beer at the lake in 3 hr 45 with a dog. Bring poles for the decent. Everything is wet and the roots can be slippery. Look at the weather it can be cold and wet at the lake! Suggest bear bells if you’re going early in the morning. I didn’t see anyone on the trail until 11:30.

Christina Bonine
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Jessica Bratcher
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Hiking

My two dogs and I completed this in about 4 1/2 hours counting the additional/accidental 2 miles going down the wrong trails at times, be careful because the new trail interweaves with the old at times. Thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, walking along the creek and of course the fun trek up the rocks/roots, and though it wasn’t a clear day it was still serene and peaceful at the lake. It went from short sleeve weather to rainy and shoot I wish I brought gloves, so bring your layers. Looking forward to next time along with seeing lower Silver lake!

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Sylvia Cook
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Hiking

6/29 started at 8:30 (Monday) lot filled up as myself and 2 other cars arrived. Trail wasn’t crowded at all and 90% used face coverings. The first mile goes through beautiful rhododendrons lining the trail, then the last miles are pretty much wide open views! Steady uphill, some places steeper than others. Wildflowers are out at peak now, so many different kinds. After arriving at the top, continue up to the right for more amazing views! Absolutely gorgeous! No snow, trail is in great shape. Not a perfectly clear day, so views in the far distance weren’t the best, but still wonderful. Trailhead bathroom locked.

J Bo
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Hiking

Great trail. More people drive out to this than you think. Lot packed at arrival of 9am. No services, so prepare yourself. That doesn’t mean leave your trash in front of the closed pit toilet. And for the love of god, please learn how to properly poop in the woods. Pack it in. Pack it out. Sad to see unnecessary hiker trash. 10 essentials! Look it up. Water, we had passed more than one group without or ran out early. I think some people underestimate the trail elevation gain. It’s no walk in the park. Lastly....Hiking etiquette 101 pull over for ascending and dogs on leash. (Dog may need water too) Sorry for the rules reminder. And I know “the people you want to see this probably won’t” But I’m afraid if we don’t continue to post these reminders (especially with the increased hiking traffic due to Covid) we’ve lost out on the chance to educate at least one more enthusiast & encourage an increase of respect for these beautiful areas we cherish.

Beau Lynn-Miller
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BackpackingGreat!

Spectacular is too light of a word for this area at this time. The weather was great, the trail was fine, and the wildflowers -- especially on Constance Pass and the ridge of Tubal Cain Mine trail right by Marmot Pass -- were amazing! There was a little snow on the Tubal Cain Mine trail and a little on the Constance Pass hike, but both were quite passable and melting quick. I never felt the need for microspikes. I also thought the road was just fine. Yeah, there's definitely some potholes, but for a forest service road I thought it was actually pretty good. Compared to some of the other roads on in the Olympics, like the one to Mt. Ellinor, this thing was a race track.

Ximena Arellano
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06/26/2020 - 06/27/2020 Backpacking trip. On a Friday morning at 9:30am, had to park to the side of the gravel road. Trail is in great condition. Beautiful views of the mountains for the second half of trail going up. On a clear day, there’s views of Mount Rainier and if you look closely even Seattle. Sunset and sunrise were worth every sore muscle—and sunburn. If backpacking, it gets cold at night so dress warm. Hiking down the next morning it was VERY foggy and misty (a rain jacket would’ve helped). Be prepared! It’s worth it!

Tahnee Orcutt
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Princess Carpio
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Hiking

Very beautiful hike. Steep switchbacks. Very cold at the top. Bring gloves! Parking space is very limited.

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Rachael Hines
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Hiking

Beautiful trail!

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Brodi xx
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HikingSnow

Well paved and maintained trail! We got to the trail at 9:45a and there already 9 cars and took the last spot. When we got back, people had created a bunch more. You’re immediately greeted by the sounds of running water when you get onto the trail. Once you hit about a half a mile, you will start making your climb up. Which is perfect to get you warmed up a bit. We caught all different elements on our hike — rain, snow, clouds, sun. I personally enjoyed the variety. At one point it was sunny and a bit warm, so I took my shirt off to get some sun since that’s rare to get. 30 minutes later, we were in the clouds and then caught a light mist. Once you get to the top, you think you’re done but don’t be fooled! Even thought you have a few good views, the summit is another .25 miles (to the right) and for the most part no incline. This is where you’ll hit patches of snow, a lot of fog (it’ll roll through pretty fast if you’re patient), and quite windy and chilly. At this point, my shirt was back on with a rain jacket as a layer. The views can be hit or miss. We had lunch up there so we had time to take it in. This hike was done in mid June

Desi Holmes
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Hiking

Went Monday June 22. Beautiful hike & stunning view! Make sure to wear proper gear, hiking shoes, & hiking backpack. I wore a regular Nike back pack & my shoulders & lower back were killing me the next day!! Also bring bandaids w/ you if you do decide to wear tennis shoes! Learn from my mistakes

Amy Marie
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning views from the top, I was struck by how gorgeous the hike was the entire way. From the rhododendron covered beginning to the alpine wildflower hillsides to the panoramic views at the summit. The hike was very hard for me, felt like constant elevation..the way up was long with many breaks needed for me and my pup. The way down was about 1/2 the time. Dogs are allowed but if going the entire way ensure they are prepared and accustomed to elevation gain. 10/10 would do this trail again

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Baileigh Longwell
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Jess C.
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HikingGreat!

Wonderful combination of forest trail, alpine meadow with open views, and rewarding views from the top. The Upper Townsend trailhead parking lot was nearly full in the morning when we arrived and absolutely crazy overloaded with cars on both sides of the gravel road leading in/out when we left in early afternoon. The parking lot toilet is closed. Please be prepared.

Lucas Avery
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Hiking

Great hike! Trail follows the creek to the lake which makes for such a peaceful hike. There are a few spots where the brush is infringing on the trail but it’s not bad. Still able to follow the trail. There is one spot earlier in the hike where the mud is pretty bad. Had to veer off the trail, which others have done as well. The lake is beautiful and very serene.

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Jessica Sullivan
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Hiking

This was a great trail to hike, the new trail head definitely is a lot more muddier and overgrown at the beginning than the old trail head, I would have preferred to start at the old trail head, but we finished there instead. Weather was great, it was foggy/ cloudy, cleared up, foggy again etc. about 1.88 miles in is where the toughest part comes in- climbing the steep rock trail, luckily it doesn’t last that long , but once past it, it’s easy from there. A lot of slippery roots! The views and different scenery was 100/100, you had the meadows, the creek, the “rock climbing”, the lake and more. The lake is so quiet and majestic, when we got there it was clear and somewhat warm, after stopping for a lunch break the wind started to pick up and the fog rolled in, luckily we were wrapping up eating lunch so we could head back down. A great trail in my book. Some snow patches, none in the way of the trail however. Pretty quiet in the morning, when we got back to our vehicle there were a lot more cars, but saw maybe 6-7 people/groups total.

Michelle Taylor
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Highly recommend trekking poles as the inclines are steep and slippery. The creek it follows is beautiful and there are quite a few waterfalls. Lake was mostly fogged in but did clear up for a while. Otherwise great weather.

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j w
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BlowdownBugs

6-20-20 trail was good some blow down on trail but not bad. Lots of bugs once we got 5 miles in an stayed pretty thick till lake. No snow at lake an pretty quiet

Sage Rylander
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Hiking

great hike

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Sawyer Hardebeck
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Hiking

Thursday 6/18 — Arrived at the trailhead just before 9:00. Road had lots of potholes. Bathroom still closed at trailhead. Parking lot was almost full upon my arrival. Nice, gradual and/or incremental elevation up to Royal Basin. Trail was a little overgrown with nettles in some places but a conservation crew was working on it that day. You’re hiking along a river and crossing many streams so there are plenty of water options. There were a fair number of from Royal Basin until just before the final push to the upper lake. It gets snowy for the last half mile or so. I did not have poles or spikes but would probably recommend poles just for a 200m section. It’s well worth tackling the snow for the upper lake. It’s still mostly frozen over, but the peaks behind it are gorgeous!

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