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A lot of stairs at the beginning. The river was beautiful! Very dense forest and we had to climb over and crawl under a lot of trees that were blocking the trail. The trail does not take you to the waterfall and you cannot see the waterfall while on the trail itself. You can see the waterfall from an overlook before getting on the trail. Very nice trail and it was beautiful!

hiking
6 days ago

Had an amazing time up here today.
Taking forest road 27 to the trailhead is super easy: there are signs for both the upper and lower trailheads. Lower trailhead was crowded on a Saturday morning, but we were able to squeeze into one of the last spots around 8:45am.
Trail is definitely a hard one, but nothing unmanageable and well worth the spectacular views of both the Olympics and Cascades.

backpacking
12 days ago

This was an awesome trail. Trail was easily walkable for the most parts. There were several little creeks and maybe a couple medium sized creeks to get across. Shade covered the trail most of the way, which was really nice. Mosquitos were barely an issue. Only very few existed for about the first half of the trail near the water then a few more popped in the second half of the trail. But it was far from the nuisance level even when at the water. They even did not bother my dog, which was the opposite from other places with water and mosquitos. Farther down the second half of the trail was quite lush-y with tall ground plants where you will need to lift your arms as they bow along the trail quite a bit. We stopped at Bank Shanty for our lunch and camped at Camp Jolley. Both sites were pleasant and near the river.

Incredible views after the first few miles! This is a tough trail for novices, we were pooped when we got back to the the car. But smiling!

wouldn't really consider this a trail, more of an overlook. campground ou'd temporarily closed but just park next to the gate and walk in

easy trail quiet and peaceful me and my dog gauge to notch pass and back 6-21-18

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to find trailhead. I think the directions on the WTA site are a bit less confusing than the directions on here. Anyway, the trail is in great shape. You are in shade all the way to the top. There are a couple of viewpoints along the way that are worth time for a photo op. I wouldn’t say it’s incredibly steep, but it has a few decent inclines. The summit, as the description states, is wooded and lacks great views. However, we took the spur trail heading south and we were rewarded with great views of Mount Townsend, all the way north, and even a peekaboo view of he north Brother. A great place to have lunch. It was a pleasant hike. The rhododendrons are just beginning to bloom. Pretty good day.

Beautiful and perfect

The directions from google maps took us down an extremely narrow, unmaintained dirt road filled with huge potholes. The sides of our truck are all now scratched up because of all of the branches sticking out into the road. If your GPS tells you to turn down an over grown unmaintained narrow road DO NOT TURN....I REPEAT, DO NOT TURN! The trail was good exercise but that is about it. Barely any view at all. Not sure where these pictures were taken from but it is highly deceiving. The entire hike was through the forest. Once you reach the top, the view is 95% obstructed by trees. Very disappointing considering I was expecting views like the ones in the pictures. Wouldn’t recommend unless all you’re looking for is a decent cardio workout.

Trail was in good shape even in the rain. Like mentioned recently there are some trail wash outs but they have been repaired and you can easily pass through. Also there is no drop box for the fee so make sure you have you pass in advance.

Trail was in very good shape the flowers were showing off and the river was beautiful there were two slides but the trail has been repaired

Cruiser hike! Great camping spots near mile 2.5 and mile 4.5. Followed the creek for pretty much the entirety of the walk about. Tail halfway point is the parking lot of the upper trail. In that case, a bit anticlimactic. Nonetheless beautiful hike. Would do again and maybe do a trail run. 10/10

Quite the hump from 27190 to the top. Seen a mountain goat at the top of the Townsend. Definitely get there around 0200-0400 to get a good parking spot. If you have those who are out of shape in your group plan on making a lot of little stops due to how steep it is. Beautiful views well maintained trail.

It was a beast!!! BUT so worth the long and hard trail...I don’t usually hike and did it. Make sure you bring anything that takes pictures because if you don’t...you’ll regret it. Start early!!! We hit the upper trail head at 3:30am...so worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

A grind up for someone with asthma, but every rest stop had a spectacular view. it was cloudy but that didn't take away from the experience at the top. Snow in some places towards and at the top but not enough to obstruct the trail.

Lots of rocks on the trail, but a great hike. River is beautiful, sun shines through the trees on nice days. Lots of green. Second fork you want to go right, we went left about 6 miles and had to turn back to get back on track. Got a good scenic drive in as well. Watch out for the pot holes. Happy hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very easy trail, in fact it is one of the easiest 10+ mile hikes I've done. The footpath is gentle and the slopes are gradual. The bridges are in excellent shape, so crossing water is not an issue.

The hike is peaceful and beautiful with much of it along the river. There is an area just over the bridge by Camp Jolley which should hold a tent or two. Sites to pitch a tent at Camp Shady Bark, about 2.8 miles in from the trailhead, are more plentiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was in great condition yesterday! Took the two dogs with me. The 1.8 miles to get to the top, is a straight incline. Small viewpoints here and there on your way up.

hiking
2 months ago

April 26, 18. Road 010 not marked and has some deep potholes.
Enjoyed the challenge of straight up. Loved the lack of people and nature sounds.
Heard Barred Owls chatting ran in to only 1 other hike group. Trail in good shape.

Very difficult for beginners but a great introduction to a summit hike. Was very disappointed from the peak as the view was obstructed and covered in snow. 3/4 of the hike was through snow as well. Do not recommend for this early in the season.

We went all the way down to the water and we definitely weren't prepared for the difficulty of it. It's really steep going down and especially coming up, some of it gets a little rough, but there are stairs for small portions of it. I don't recommend bringing kids unless they're old enough to really have the energy for climbing! It was a great trail, just definitely wasn't easy.

Awesome hike! We had a group and had kids with us. The river was beautiful. Found a little beach off the trail and cracked a cold one. The incline going up was a little hard for the little ones but there was plenty of time to take breaks. Definitely worth it and would do it again. Thumbs up! Oh! Also we did the 0.4 mile loop at the top thinking that was the hike... the trail head to the river was actually the first trail to the left behind the map board. Have fun y’all!

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this hike! The trail was in great condition. No snow on the ground, but it did start snowing heavier when we reached the top. Perfect for a cloudy day mid winter. Steady incline all the way up, and not a lot of views. Also, the road just before the trailhead from Port Angeles had a lot of pot holes.

hiking
5 months ago

I give this 5 stars because it's a fairly tame hike for the most amazing views. I don't think this should be rated as hard compared to the average hiker. Yes, it may be hard to some who are out of shape or new to hiking, but definitely not hard in general. If you get a clear day, you will be blown away by the 360 degree view. I definitely recommend!

How do you get to the river?

Great trial for kids. The campground is closed because of root disease, but the grounds and trails are open for day use. Parking is limited and was full by the time we left.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

The road getting in was covered in about 6in of snow, with one set of tracks heading to the upper trailhead through about 10in of snow. We decided to risk the upper trailhead. Getting in wasn't as bad as getting out due to the steepness of the first slope out. So be careful if you're headed here in the wintertime. Call the Forestry Service and ask them how they think the road up there will be. We started with microspikes for about 2-3mi, then when the heavy switchbacks (by the waterfall) began we transitioned to snowshoes. It was SLOW going from there, tracking new path (on route) through knee deep fluffy snow. Wasn't terribly difficult to stay on route because below the treeline the cut trees/brush are good indicators. Took us about 6hrs with only enough time at summit to eat a sandwich and hydrate the pup. Be very careful to know the weather at summit because you've got systems coming off the sound or through the Olympics that turn on a dime. Overall, the views were spectacular and made for a wonderful and secluded voyage. Highly recommend. Completed on December 27, 2017.

backpacking
6 months ago

Hiked in to Home lake on 7/24. Took side trip on Charlia lakes trail up to the magnificent viewpoint. 7/25 dayhiked up to the high ridges and basins at the head of Heather Creek and Home creek,but not down to Sunny Brook
Meadows.The views include Mount Mystery,Mount Olympus,the headwaters of Heather Creek,Inner Constance and Warrior.Also Mount Rainier,Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens.Also Mount Anderson.7/26 Went up to enjoy the great scenery above Constance Pass again,then moved camp down to Boulder shelter.Used the Charlia lakes trail.7/27:Went back up the Charlia Lakes trail and over to the top of Boulder Peak.Magnificent views! Volunteers replaced the Royal(Roy)creek foot log in July 2017.Yours truley keeps a saw near Boulder shelter and brush out nearby trails also.

The last time I hiked up this trail was back in the mid 90’s. What I remember most was how far out you can see over the whole Puget Sound area. Of course only when the weather is clear, which it was that day. Otherwise you won’t see much because the altitude up there is above the clouds and when they roll in, you won’t see much. Another thing I thought was memorable is when you look to the west towards the other Olympic mountains, you’re right up there in the same altitude as they are, which is in the neighborhood of 5500 ft. It’s well worth the effort. Dress warm and bring lotsa water. I didn’t think it was that difficult a hike, but that was over 20-years ago, and unfortunately, we all change over time.

This trail is challenging but is very beautiful and makes you feel accomplished. I definitely recommend it!

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