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

great short hike but if you're more ambitious you'll see a branch off to the Eastside trail as you head to the Grove. steady incline on a nice path that 3.5 miles in will take you to an incredible waterfall and footbridge. Eastside is empty!

Just did this trail because we were routed off the PCT due to fire. Parts of this trail are beautiful but there was too much loose gravel for me to really enjoy it.

Such a beautiful hike! My husband and I climbed to the top of the waterfall and just soaked in the view. The water is a pretty blue green color. The trail is fairly easy. I highly suggest this hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Very nice views of Adams to the south from the base of the old lookout and even better views of the Goat Rocks if you follow the trail to the north end of the peak. The trail up to the ridge was in good shape and the short side trail up to Nannie Peak was easy to follow and not overly difficult. Still smoky from the wildfires across the state but the bugs weren't too bad.

Great hike...good workout...decent elevation gain! The signage could be better!

Did this hike earlier this week. This was an ok hike. Cool suspension bridge crossing about half way to the grove. I expected more ancient trees there and was a little disappointed. The trail was extremely busy for a Monday during a non holiday weekend.

Nice trail with Crystal clear water next to it. Took us about 45 min to do the whole loop stopping and taking pictures. Easy elevation and great for kids

backpacking
9 days ago

This was an overnighter to Heart Lake on Lily Basin Trail #86 from 7-28-19 to 7-29-18 for a 15 mile round trip, not counting the time in camp, that took 5hrs going in and 2500ft elevation gain and 3.75 hrs return.

FR48 is in good condition with few potholes but there is one spot around 5.2. miles in with a deep runoff rut that crosses the road. Tricky for low clearance vehicles. One person had to unload his horses from the trailer and slowly drive across then reload. There were 4-5 cars at the trailhead with not much room to spare.

The start of Trail #86 is a gradual incline for a few miles then you start hiking on the forested ridge. The trail does have some steep grades now. At 4.2 miles you get good views as the trees thin out. You’ll cross the ridge once and cross back then finally lose trees. There is plenty of water here…but no flowing water until this point.

At 5.2 miles in your hiking on the West Slope of Johnson Peak following a cirque around to Angry Mountain. This section is 90% scree and crosses 4-5 glacial runoffs. In years past…there was a deep one that required hiking down 10ft into the runoff, crossing the water, then a wall of dirt, mud with no handholds to get out. Difficult to cross. HOWEVER, this year…it was fixed!!! I ran across someone with horses with Back Country Horsemen clearing blow-downs making his way for Heart Lake. He told me last year they dynamited that section making it VERY EASY to get across. IT survived the winter and was a breeze to get across! THANKS!

The junction with Angry Mountain Trail #90 is beautiful and a great place for a rest. Your on the alpine ridge. An old sign marks the junction and the views are everywhere. From there it’s only .5 miles to Heart Lake taking an unmarked trail down to the right. I saw one tent on the way down and ran across a 10 person Boy Scout Troop visiting the area on a 8 day trek starting at Packwood Lake. It took a long time, but they found a good spot for all of them.

There are 5 or so established camping sites here. One right off the lake in the meadow, one near the lakes entrance, one near the outlet and a couple other smaller sites above either side of the lake. However, it WAS BUGGY!!! You couldn’t sit still without being swarmed with flies. Long sleeves were a must. I camped off the trail in a dry grassy area with a fire ring. No matter where you were, meadow or forest…it was buggy and DEET didn't help. Wind helped a lot but was not constant. Bring long sleeves.

The night was beautiful! Clear view of the cirque around Heart Lake, the stars and a Moon Rise over Hawkeye Point. Gorgeous.

The return trip was uneventful and quick. You don’t realize how much and gradually you climbed until you’re going back. A fun trip…however next time I’d like to pass Heart Lake and camp at Jordan Basin near Goat Lake, for a 2-3 day point-to-point.

hiking
10 days ago

This is always an amazing hike. Added on the grove of the patriarches hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Absolutely stunning

12 days ago

This is a fun hike. At the top you get some great views.

Prism Duro Sport

Great hike! Beautiful trees and creek. A nice place to hang out by the water. Going over the bridge was a little scary at first but fun! I thought it would be a higher drop off but it wasnt. Nice scenery and easy trail to do. I enjoyed it! Great for kids and not too hard.

Great trail! Plenty of incline and declines! Beautiful view of the waterfall!

We really loved this one.Just watch for rocks and roots at the beginning of the trail.the board walk is after the bridge.

Great hike for kids. Mine enjoyed playing in/on/by the very clear and cool river, the swinging bridge, and the impressive trees. Cooler shady hike to do on a hot day.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy little loop. Not that impressive. Best part was the swinging bridge.

Beautiful trip up to some incredible scenery. For those waiting for the big wild-flower blooms, they are starting to happen but not quite there yet. No snow on the trail until you hit the snow fields above the tree line. Lots of people in the snow grass flats area up to Old Snowy. Not the place to go if you want to get away from it all (at least on the weekend). Views are spectacular as you head toward the summit of Old Snowy. Route was clear all the way with a bit of scrambling as you reach the summit.

The hike itself is good. The trail had it’s up and down slopes, not many rocks on the trail so it’s fairly even ground to walk on. The views of the lake are awesome. The only thing I didn’t like was the drive to the trail head. It’s about 15 miles on gravel roads.

The view is a 5 star view
The hike is a 1 star hike

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better view within the park. Maybe at the top of St. Helens. Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt Rainier are all very large and visible from the peak. Mt. Hood is in the distance quite a bit, but still clearly visible on a clear day (it was for us).

The reason the hike is a 1 star is because you have to book it up the mountain until you clear the trees so as to not be a stationary target for mosquitoes. They are vicious, and in numbers. I was trailing my wife and could see 30-40 swarming her at all times. Another review commented to wait a few weeks until they clear out. I'm not sure that will happen anytime soon. It's pretty dry there (not sure it's rained in some time) and they're still really bad. Once you clear the tree line it's just the flies, so we took our time at the top.

When you get to the top, you'll get a good view of Rainier and Adams. You'll then want to keep going on the trail until you see a trail that doubles back to the top of Juniper Peak. It's pretty steep, but the view is worth it.

We shared the summit with a few mountain bikers, but didn't see any other hikers. It was 90-95F in most places yesterday, but only 75F through the trails and at the summit. Nice way to beat the heat!

The trail also claimed my favorite pair of sunglasses. Not sure where i lost them, but if you find them, you're welcome. :(

backpacking
28 days ago

as of june 2018 part of the road broke away but park on the side and the walk is about 2 minutes till you get to a tee in the road go RIGHT for the trail. left takes you to an old logging road. boo. the hike is in view alongside the river. one part leads you strait to the river where you can sit and take a break or just take it all in. continue on and it leads you into the open forest, a continuous trail. then you're alongside an area with huge boulders all around. it leads to the lake but you can't really explore around the lake (a long time ago you could) as theres debree from old logs and brush. you can fish or theres open areas for camp and bon fire.

great for whole family

This is one of my Favorite Hikes in WA (thus far)! I’ve hiked it 3 yrs in a row now, twice in April when the creek is running strong- which is beautiful- & once in early July when much of the creek is dried up. Angel Falls is simply breathtaking, esp. if you can carefully & safely climb up to the very base of the falls. Reviews are right-on about the steep switchbacks to reach the falls, if you take that particular route. But you can also come at them from the other way, which is also a very cool portion of the loop. The 2 bridges are indeed gone this year, but makeshift rocks, etc. are in place that make the crossings quite easy. Trekking poles came in very handy though!

hiking
1 month ago

So beautiful. I give it all the stars possible. Easy trail with big rewards in view. Got there about 7:30 had the trail mostly to ourself

Challenging and very rewarding hike with breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier.

Great day on a beautiful trail. Got an early start , only 1 other hiker/photographer at the lookout . Clouds came and went the whole time we were at the top. Flowers just starting and NO bugs. By the time we were back at car all clouds were gone and it was very clear !! Still a perfect day in the PNW ❤️...(no snow ... no water)

hiking
1 month ago

we did this after hiking 6 miles on goat ridge and phew were we tired! the climb is definitely not for wimps as there are no switchbacks and lots of elevation gain in a short three miles. never mind that you’re already at a little altitude to start. you’re basically slow marching, knees up! there are even steps cut in with stone in a few spots. we had to laugh as we descended because we were again surprised at the incline in some spots. nice trail, beautiful lake, amazing basalt walls. the dogs had a blast swimming and there wasn’t a sole in sight so it was quiet. be aware of the road leading to the trailhead, it’s small and barely hanging on in one spot.

hiking
1 month ago

Review for back in September 2005. Awesome trail, but challenging due to steepness, especially if wearing heavy packs like my friend Dave and I were. We hiked up to high camp and stayed the night there. The glacier started right above the camp, and we did a bit of exploration there (and took AWESOME photos). We decided not to go to the summit because it was completely covered in snow and ice going up. We were equipped for a summer hike and nothing more. I nearly froze overnight and seriously thought I might die. Didn't sleep a wink. I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts and had a seriously crappy sleeping bag. Make sure to check the overnight temperatures and plan accordingly with the proper gear. This was one of my earlier backpacking trips, so I didn't know any better. Part of the resulting situation was due to planning a completely different hike nearby and doing this one only after failing to get to that other trailhead due to crazy rough road conditions.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike in to this beautiful and powerful waterfall.

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