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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 day 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
3 days 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
5 days 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
5 days ago

Easy hike in to this beautiful and powerful waterfall.

Falls are beautiful. Supposedly, the trail up to the lookout is down at the moment but they are trying to get it finished. My dad lives about 1 mile from this hike so I do it quite often. Great workout. Can't wait until we can hike all the way to the top.

So here’s the deal folks. If your a novice/ intermediate hiker and have been “cherry picking” day hikes to meet your abilities or maybe even trying a harder trail and not finishing it out, then this trail is for you. It is awesome with amazing views of Mt Adams and the Goat Rocks. So the first 1.5 miles is fairly hard. Just take your time because the next mile is still a good climb, but not near as steep. At MP 2.5 you get your first amazing view of Mt Adams and Goat Rocks. The next two miles are just small rolling hills on the back side of Nannie Ridge that ultimately pass a couple really cool small ponds and eventually end up at Sheep Lake. The views are spectacular just make sure you bring plenty of bug spray and sun block because once you break out of the timber the sun and bugs are a little intense.

My nine year old and myself did the whole loop, and it was an easy hike.. Absolutely gorgeous!

backpacking
6 days ago

This trail is definitely uphill both ways. We went Saturday and camped for the night. Even though this is a short hike I’d say it was difficult especially carrying 30 to 40 pound backpacks. The lake is beautiful and the water was very clear. We were disappointed that you really can’t hike around the lake and there really only seemed to be one spot you can camp which was right on the trail. I’d say this hike is best for in and out hiking and not camping.

Short easy walk. Several areas to access river bed. Our kids really enjoyed this and there were several families swimming/wading. The trees were amazing with a beautiful boardwalk and great informational placards.

Great hike. Beautiful nature, but a lot of mosquitos!

hiking
13 days ago

Outstanding view up top but would NOT recommend right now. Mosquitos! Tons of them!! Even with bug spray, they'll lay siege to your ears, nose... one even flew straight down my throat. Seriously. There are very few breezes (which also means it can get hot) until you get to the very tippy-top, and even then a couple still tracked me down. Tenacious buggers! And it is fairly steep, so unless you're built like a mountain goat, you'll be like me - huffing and puffing and a total easy target. The steepness lets you run down the trail on the way back though!

The trail is rutted due to motorbikes, but I've seen much worse in the area (and I didn't run into any on a Saturday afternoon). The drive to get there is fine - there are many weird 'speed bumps' along the last 4 miles of road (some on blind curves - very annoying). If I were driving a sedan I might've worried about scraping, but I saw a car had made it just fine so what do I know. But yes, the view is worth it... maybe just a wait a couple weeks for those bugs to clear out.

Very easy hike yesterday... Trees were majestic, amazing, almost ethereal... Cool one person bridge.

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome hike yesterday... Took the east side trail from Grove of the Patriarchs... Nice easy hike in and out. Falls were amazing.

hiking
15 days ago

We had 5 small kids age 5-11 and only did the 1 mile straight hike to the falls. We did not continue on throughout the 4 mile loop. This hike did have an elevation change of 300 feet throughout the trail. Some parts of the trail are narrow and right along the edge. But the Silver Falls are amazing. We went at the end of June and the colors we bright and vibrant. It was pretty heavily trafficked too. This trailhead was somewhat difficult to find as it was tucked in to the trees. But it is directly across the street from the Grove of the Patriarchs trail parking lot and the Eastline Trail sign. Definitely worth the short hike.

Some beautiful large trees and a lovely green river! Family loved skipping rocks!

Gorgeous

Love this trail!

Beautiful scenery!!! The falls are great and the kids loved every bit of the hike. This is one I will do over and over again.

Awesome hike! Very beautiful with lots of amazing views. Only gave 4stars due to lack of directions...got turned around and didn't get to complete the full hike. Definitely a hard hike, with lots of up hill but worth the gorgeous waterfalls.

Switchbacks to Angel Falls were steep.... beautiful hike!

Really interesting and beautiful to look at the trees. And the bridge is a fun element!

backpacking
26 days ago

Use road NF 48 up to trailhead #86. The road is ok for travel minus one large rut which might give cars an issue.

The Trail is still covered with large amounts of hard packed snow about 6 miles in, which are acrossed very steep sections. I made it to the base of Johnson's peak, but I would recommend going that far till about the end of July.

As my second attempt to summit Juniper Peak (first was 5/12 - snowfield blockage 0.5 mil in to trail), I am so excited to share this trip report from today 6/24.

Start temp: 59 degree @ 9:30a. Clean skies. First on the trail. Alt 3600 ft

End temp: 74 degrees @ 12:45p. Clear skies. Five cars at trailhead (some for Tongue Mountain trail)

I won't bore you with the details on the forestry road to the trailhead. It was good. No issues.

I'll do my review a little differently this time. I've broken it up to segments for new folks wanting to check this hike out and would know what to expect.

Trailhead 0.0 - 0.75mi : Consistent incline (~15% grade - felt like a 500 ft/mi pace). Trail is wide most of the way, but remember as this is an OHV approved trail (and the motorcycle track is basically a trench that you'll need to trek through or you can do it along the edge.

0.75-1.5 mi: The switch back begins. The first two segments are longer (200yds each), then the next three are shorter (50 yds), and the final one is the straight shot to the peak. After a bit, you'll see peakaboos of Adams and Juniper ridge. Note the grade increases a little. I'd say around 20-25% on average. Not too bad though. Just pace yourself. Segments are in good condition and foot friendly. Lol.

1.5-2.25 mi: The grade here gets sort of steeper, but not by much. It felt like it fluctuated 10%-25%. Overall not bad. But also be advised that the massive amount of bugs live in this zone. It's like an air raid…if it had wings…you'll know it. Great news though, you'll start to see more of Mt Adams.

2.25-2.75 mi: I honestly feel this is where the gain occurred the quickest. Nearly 45%-50% typical grade in most places. My altimeter showed a ~600 ft gain in this 0.5 mile segment through old growth. Nothing to see here…it was just shaded and steep. Take your time and breath. Not many bugs whizzing by. So you're ok. As you make the final accent to the open views, you'll come to a makeshift Y junction created by bikers. Take either…they will both converge a little ways up just before you exit the tree line. Yeah. You made it.

2.75-3.0 mi: You're already at the top ridgeline at ~5400 ft. You'll skirt the ridge to Juniper Peak (its more of a big mound/hill..200+ ft in height). Trek as far as you like forward.

Once as the base of the Juniper Peak…head to the south side staring at My Adams (so very cool). You have two options. Continue to trek another 0.5 mile to the small rock peaks (clearly visible).

Hint, not really worth it, I went. It's very buggy and visibility to St Helens is hindered a bit from nearby mountains. But you can see Rainier, Adams, and Hood. Anyways, I recommend to save that energy and climb up Juniper Peak on the back side instead. It's about 240 ft up (40-45% grade the lower half, and 50%+ at you approach the top). The first half has a little dirt trail (see in pic), but after that you make your own trail through rocks, grass, and dirt. Others have made many so you can mix and match. Here you will see FOUR volcanoes (Rainier, Adams, St Helens, and Hood in the distance. This was a real treat on such a beautiful cloudless day (but some haze did exist at distance).

Overall a great hike. I am so happy to have driven 3 hrs to get here and witness this amazing beauty.

This trail is more of a Moderate plus, due to some steep segments up top that may catch some offguard.

Bridges are down so we were a little worried about making it to the falls, but we were able to make our way through anyhow. Several trail signs are down/missing but otherwise it’s a good hike. The falls are Beautiful!

walking
28 days ago

Easy nice trail. The views of silver fall is astonishing.

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