I completed this hike last year in May of 2019. As an amateur hiker, it was absolutely difficult for me to complete with all the stairs the trail had. However if you are a pro hiker, you will have no struggles doing this trail! I pushed myself through it because the view at the top I knew would be well worth it, and boy was I right! It was absolutely stunning! Highly recommend this hike, definitely worth the hard work it takes to get there

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rocky
8 hours ago

If you are anything like me, Colchuck lake has been on my bucket list of adventures for a very long time! FYI, Apple Maps will stop navigation at a weird spot on icicle road, keep going up that road (BEWARE OF POT HOLES) until you see the sign for Stuart lake trailhead pointing to the left to turn onto a gravel road. We began our hike pretty late at about 11:30AM on 7/1/2020. Luckily as we pulled into the parking lot, low and behold there was a space right up front! I know the parking problem is very real but we lucked out that day. I would highly recommend researching the kind of passes you can use to park there because I actually had a valid pass I could have used to avoid the $5 fee. Anyways the hike up started nice and stead with lots of flat trail, yet beautiful scenery and easily breathable mountain air. As we progressed through the trail, the inclines got a little more vigorous. After we passed a semi tilted bridge onto some boulders, the inclines began to become worst. So beware, the last two miles of the hike are the worst part of the entire trip. Me being an amateur hiker, I was not extremely fatigued at all with a few breaks and several bottles of water and some protein bars. Making it to the lake was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had and totally worth the blood sweat and tears it took to get there! It was pretty cold and cloudy that day say we did not swim. The trip down, we took no breaks and the trek was super easy going down for us. We saw no goats, but I heard they were around. Lots of deer and chipmunks too. Bring bug spray for sure, I managed to escape with only 4 skitter bites and I had no spray on! 100% worth the hike to see that view, pictures do no justice! 3.5 hours to get up, 2 to get down!

Beautiful hike! Snow fully melted. Bumpy/unpaved road to parking lot.

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rocky
11 hours ago

Beautiful short little hike. We hiked this trail on 6.28.20. Started out pretty late. Maybe around 4 pm. It was cloudy and we couldn’t see most of Emmons Glacier, but the surrounding area and the milky turquoise lake is something to see. When you make it to the ridge, you can find a path down to the lake. Just be careful. It’s rocky and steep, but doable. Slow and easy is how I made it down to the bottom. White River is beautiful too. I don’t care for log foot bridges, but there’s one you’ll have to cross. My lady loves them and did a little dance while walking across. It was hilarious. The trail starts on Glacier Basin Trail and then you’ll veer off to the left at the fork. Take it all in and enjoy!

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rocky
snow
11 hours ago

This was the best hike I’ve ever hiked!!! Water does roll over many part of the trail, so your feet will most likely get wet and muddy. The rocks are pretty tough to climb and walk through, but the reward at the end is so worth it. There are Mountain Views and waterfalls along the way. This was one of the toughest hikes I’ve been on. You will not believe your eyes when you reach the lake. Was pretty cold by the lake and lots of mosquitoes.

Very beautiful

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rocky
11 hours ago

Great hike.

12 hours ago

Hiked 6/1/20. No snow on trail, but some on the hillsides around the lake. The path was rocky but clear but it was raining so the rocks were very slippery. Bathrooms were open at trailhead and parking was ample. Up to the lake and back was about 6 miles, the extra mile being around the lake. Nice hike, worth the drive from Seattle.

July2, nice cool hike to Monte Cristo. Trail out of there gets it going on switchbacks with excellent trail conditions until a couple hundred yards from Poodle Pass where there is a lot of snowfields to traverse. From the pass to the lake is pure snowfield and the lake is five percent open water. Foggy and freezing. Overall a BANNER day.

on Glacier Basin Trail

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13 hours ago

Hiked the trail today. The upper half of the trail still had some snow, but nothing our hiking boots couldn’t handle. The hike up was a little tough but definitely doable! Had lunch next to the lake, it was absolutely gorgeous! One of my favorite hikes this year! Hardly any bugs!

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rocky
scramble
13 hours ago

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW: 1) If you’re scared of heights, DO NOT GO. I cannot stress this enough. 2) Wear hiking boots if you wanna climb the ropes (highly recommended). 3) Turn LEFT at the last rope and climb the giant bolder that looks unclimbable. I went on this hike today, Thursday, 7/2, and started ascending around 10:30. The trail head shares a trail head with marymere falls. The first .5 miles is just walking through the woods on flat grounds. You take a left where it says mount storm king. Only saw a few people on our way up which was extremely peaceful, but there were many more people going up when we were coming down. The whole trail is just a massive incline with switchbacks at the beginning and the end. There’s a beautiful view you’ll see before the hardest part and people consider that the lookout to stop at if you don’t wanna do the ropes. When you get to the sign that says “end of maintained trail”, that’s where things get sketchy. If you’re afraid of heights, don’t go past this sign, stay at the first lookout and enjoy the views. There are cliffs on both sides of you while you’re climbing sketchy rocks. When you get to the ropes, they aren’t hard if you have hiking boots but my friend couldn’t do it and she was in nikes. There are about 6 ropes in total that you have to go up, but they’re actually really fun! When you finish the last rope, go LEFT. There’s a big bolder that looks very very very sketchy to climb and if you misstep you could easily fall to your death, and I’m not being dramatic. It’s quite terrifying. I’m not kidding when I say NOT to do this hike if you are even the slightest bit afraid of heights. But the view is 100% worth it. I loved this hike, I just wish I knew how sketchy the trail was when there were drop offs on each side and all around you. But feed the birds and ENJOY! I sure did!

great!
rocky
13 hours ago

Ellinor did not disappoint! We took the upper trailhead. Trail is in great condition. We only encountered a small patch of snow that we had to cross towards the top, and it was mostly wet slush. Pretty slick but manageable without microspikes. The other patches of snow at the top you can avoid. The trail for the last quarter mile or so is a little dicey if you're not used to loose, gravelly, rocky terrain, but is manageable. The goats were plentiful today, but did not seem aggressive so long as you respected their space. I'm definitely not in peak physical shape but with a few breaks here and there this hike is absolutely worth the effort.

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14 hours ago

Hey y’all. Just came back from an attempt at the Wonderland Trail. Start: Longmire (June 28th) With a stay at South Puyallup River Stop: Klapatche Park (June 29th) Had to end the trip early because 1.) the snow levels & melt were high and melting fairly quick (pretty slushy by 10am), 2.) virtually no one out there (I prefer knowing more people are on the trail), 3.) it was taking longer than expected, 4.) overall felt unsafe approaching the North Side of the mountain My friend and I had both summitted Mount Rainier and have some mountaineering experience. If you are considering going within the next week (Or 2) and don’t have mountaineering experience, I strongly discourage attempting. In fact, unless the snow fields are completely melted, I strongly discourage attempting. There are now three people missing in MRNP. Devil’s Dream to about a mile past Indian Henry was covered in snow. Emerald Ridge was brutal (it didn’t help that it was hailing when we were on this ridge) Emerald Ridge to South Puyallup River, we were very dependent on GPS navigation (lost the trail about 15 minutes after trying to follow footprints in the snow) South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park took about 4.5 hours, most of this trip was covered in snow And was very GPS dependent (this is 4.7 miles with a section Traversing a very steep snow field with ice axe and microspikes). Consider boots (my feet were soaked) Prior to the trip, I planned different “contingency plans” in case the trail was treacherous (and it was) and opted for the Klapatche Park/ St Andrews trail to Westside Road as a way out (about an additional 11 miles). Was able to coordinate via InReach a ride back to Longmire. Also, in case you were wondering, yes there are still mosquitos.

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Not very challenging but the views are fantastic

We had the tracking map the whole time and still manages to take a couple of wrong turns. It’s not marked at the trailhead so we also spent some time looking for it. The last quarter of the hike was downhill without any path so it’s just rocks all the way and lucky we could see the bridge at a distance so we knew we had to walk towards it. We only saw the top of an arch. I dunno but I wouldn’t recommend this.

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rocky
14 hours ago

Very beautiful. Hard down and hard up! Leave your kids/pets at home, unless you don’t mind carrying them.

hiking
14 hours ago

Beautiful day for a hike. Great trail conditions. Mountain goats seen!

A nice hike with good river views. Not much to see in the ghost town, but worth walking down to check it out. Except the very beginning by the bridge/parking area, the trail is mostly flat because it had been a railroad bed in the days of the ghost town. Bring shoes you can get muddy in- there are some sections that are hard to avoid, but most parts were dry.

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muddy
15 hours ago

The trail was muddy and too crowded for me. There were quite a few pieces of garbage, LEAVE NO TRACE PEOPLE!! The falls were beautiful though!

Great hike one of the best ones!!!

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