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

hiking
3 days ago

The hike to Waptus lake isn't bad. The trail from Waptus to Spade is straight up the mountain. Roughly 5 miles. The only water is towards the end of the trail. Bring lots of water and snacks.

backpacking
5 days ago

I did this trail on the way to Tuck and Robin Lakes. Very easy access to the trail which means tons of hikers. Everybody is nice that I met but the bathrooms are closed here at the trailhead so plan for that.

The trail has many small stream crossings so waterproof boots would help a lot. I counted three large camp sites at this area (trailside) and I'm sure they're more if you managed to make it to the other side of Hyas Lake.

Beautiful place and if you are looking to get out with minimal effort, this is the place to go.
Just take your time and look at the wild paintbrush in bloom through the meadows

Happy Hiking y'all.

Devin

backpacking
5 days ago

Incredible. The views are AMAZING and while we didn't go to Robin lakes this time around, we did spend three days at Tuck.

Like most reviewers said, it's a few miles off flat hiking before turning up to the right just after Hyas Lake. Switchbacks start here and go up at a steady pace for about two miles. At this point, you'll hit the "T" with 'Tuck and Robin Lakes' scribed on a sign posted on a tree. If you continue straight, it'll take you to Marmot and Jade Lake but if you turn right, you'll be on the path to Tuck and Robin Lakes. The path to T@R lakes heads downward for a little before turning straight up for the final 1.5 mile climb to Tuck. You can set up camp and do Robin Lakes as a day hike if you choose or trudge on to Robin. Cairns mark the way on the right side of the lake to climb over the huge boulders before finally hitting the dirt trail heading up.

The bugs were hit and miss... A light breeze blows through and takes em away most of the time but when it stops blowing, the bugs ate us alive. My nephew fished Tuck and got some really nice 6-8 inch cutthroat trout but the fishing wasn't as good as he would have hoped. Hikers coming down from Robin had the same luck. We were packing up today (8/14/18) and a family of goats wandered into camp and wouldn't leave. Darn things followed us around like dogs for a while until we finally got everything picked up to go. Really fascinating animals as ive never been this close to em. All in all, it was a steep hike and with enough bug spray, it was worth every aching muscle.

The smoke haze was really moving in today so if you're considering going in anytime soon, do it now rather then later. My opinion, of course.

Happy hiking y'all!

Devin

hiking
6 days ago

The views at the top were amazing, perfect day. I gave it 4 stars because it was longer than the listing says. There was lots of downed trees on the trail through the burned areas. Great to see nature re growing.

The trail is steep. I would recommend hiking poles. Loose gravel, soot and dirt making it difficult for climbing and descending. We found ourselves off trail for better footing at times. We came across a dear and lots of singing birds.

We parked at the yellow gate. The trail head is exactly 2 miles in from the gate. At the 1st y stay to the right at the 2nd y stay to the left and the 3rd y stay to the right.

It was really cool hiking the ridge lines.

backpacking
7 days ago

Good hike

Attacked by bugs the whole way. Very difficult hike but marmot lake was beautiful didn’t have enough time to go to jade but tried and all you do was go straight up which was even more difficult. But, the hike was worth it. Bring a lot of water

Did 3 days 2 nights at robin lake with my dog. We started at 7am and made it to robin by 1pm. The first 3 miles are easy with virtually no elevation gain to Hyas. The real work starts at the turn off to go up towards Tuck Lake. The grade is steep and terrain is loose dirt which makes it that much harder to get up. It was flying in my face which was irritating but Tuck was a beautiful spot. There was an FSR at tuck and robin so make sure your dog is leashed up. The hike to robin was hot and hard in the afternoon. I forgot to fill water at tuck and made a struggle to get up the last stretch so make sure you’re hydrated or it will be miserable or potentially dangerous. A couple spots involve lifting your body up boulders and steep sections of granite so keep that in mind when considering you’re hauling a 40-50lb bag. I had to boost my dog on a few rock to get her up the mountain. The views were unbelievable. It’s almost spiritual with the amount of beauty up there. The bugs weren’t bad for us, but we used a good deal of permethrin on my gear which I think helped. A ton to explore and always make sure to leave it better than you found it.

backpacking
10 days ago

Great hike with lots of flies and mosquitoes, but Jade Lake was well worth the effort to get there. I would definitely bring a mosquito suit or at least a head cover. My brother and brother in law ended up with well over 100 bites each.

Several of the campsites at Jade Lake are closed for restoration. The hike from Marmot to Jade was slow going up the rocks but not overly difficult.

The road to the trailhead was slow and bumpy. We were in a pickup, so it was fine.

Overall a great couple of days.

Tough hike but worth it. Be prepared to deal with lots of bugs.

Not many trails offer the technical challenges this one does and still end up being an amazing experience. The views at the top are incredible and there are several loop options to be had if a person wants to make a long day of it all.

Lots of steep inclines and declines make for slow-going. The trail is quite dry, with no water for animals until you are about 4 miles up the trail so be prepared with lots of water for hydration.

Best hike I had this year and no bugs!

How is the dirt road up to the Trailhead?

Flying into WA in a few weeks to hike and was curious the condition of the roads?

the last 1 mile is straight up. safe but steep. awesome views. took my wife Robin and dog tuck on this one for sure

backpacking
21 days ago

My husband , 11 yr old and myself started out at the deception creek cut off trail (shaved off 5 miles) and headed down to the deception creek trail. Crossed 2 creeks and slowly ascended towards deception pass. There’s lots of water on the trail so be prepared to have wet feet. Also with all that water comes swarms of mosquitos and biting flies. Our bug spray did not help. We crossed creeks several more times and went through a beautiful meadow. Then we reached the pass and turned right into marmot lake trail. First, the trail climbed up then for a couple miles it descended. After about 4 miles we switch backed up to marmot lake. We camped overnight then climbed up the rocks to jade lake. The mosquitoes were not as bad up there and we loved the lake. It was gorgeous! After lunch, we climbed back down to marmot and decided to go home early as I had hundreds of bug bites. Next time I would wear to net and mosquito proof clothes.

backpacking
23 days ago

This is AMAZING! It is quite the trek, we went to Robins lake in one day-left about 930am and made it to Robins lake about 5pm. There is a sign to turn off for the lakes. From there, it goes right up to Tuck for 1.1 miles (feels like more). Getting up to Robins is the trick. We missed the trail and nearly scrambled the 1.5 miles to Robins lake. Most of the reviews say "follow the cairns", we followed the rock structures. and even going off path we found our way to the top.

To get to Robins Lake, go to the right of Tuck and the rock structures start immediately. Seriously, follow these and even if you miss the "right path" these get you to the top. Really tough hikee, but really worth it.

One of my favorite backpacking trips. The last two miles to tuck lake is really really hard but take your time and you'll get there :) its very worth it. Amazing views from up there of other mountains and lakes and the hike up to Robin lakes took us about 30min so that's worth checking out too. Really diverse terrain and I love the pristine forest by the trailhead. We saw some airforce training or whatnot and the pilots blast by doing crazy flips. Truly a wonderful trip.

backpacking
29 days ago

Friday July 20, 2018: My wife and I with two friends hiked to Jolly Mountain via Sasse Mountain Trail. We drove Forest Road 4315 up to the end. It was sunny but not too hot. We walked through the forest burned by last year's Jolly Mountain Fire. The view from the summit was great. It was a jolly good hike.

Hiked this on June 27 (Wednesday), and aside from me and my friend, there were 2 other people on the trail all day.

Took 5 hours to do the whole thing, including a couple short breaks and a long break at the summit.

There was snow on the ridge above the burnzone switchbacks that face southwest. We mistakenly followed the ridge, when we should have gone right (north) to stay on the trail as it enters the south facing basin below the summit.

I loved this hike, views were beautiful! Definitely bring bug spray! There were a lot of mountain goats early in the morning at Robin lake! We also made time to hike from Trico mountain from here, would recommend if you have some free time.

Side Note: Men’s wedding band was found on 7/13 if someone happens to know who lost it.

Bring your bug spray! This hike is hard, also if you have a small car you wont be able to make it across the creek running over the roadway.

hiking
1 month ago

Did not make summit, stopped at ridge before due to friend not completely comfortable in the terrain. Still stunning views of Baker, Glacier, Stuart and Rainer. Started by hiking up to Peggy's pond and stayed the night. I came across the last part to Peggy's pond when it was getting dark, which was not ideal. It is loose, narrow in spots and route finding can be a little difficult. Peggy's pond is beautiful. Not too much snow to traverse, but we did bring our skis and did get to enjoy it off the top. Long way to carry skis, but always worth it. Worst part was the mosquitoes, they were brutal. Overall great hike, but taxing with a heavy pack.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing views. But: lots of ice still on the ground, quite buggy, and a very difficult river crossing coming down from Cathedral, just before Deception Pass. Plan for wet feet or bring something you’ll feel comfortable wearing through fast moving water.

backpacking
1 month ago

Grueling hike up from Deception Pass, requiring multiple snow field crossings (be prepared for your feet to fall through melting snow/ice). One particular section, just before the last mile of switchbacks, was not easily passable due to ice buildup and required a sketchy incline climb up and over the obstruction - not recommended for heavy packs. That said: amazing views, beautiful waterfalls, and Marmot Lake is a great reward for those willing to take the challenge.

camping
1 month ago

The first 3 miles were pretty easy as previous people have said. There were a few small stream crossings but nothing so difficult you couldn't walk on rocks. Then came the next 3 miles(ish) of good gain and with a backpack, was a bit of a workout for me. Getting to Tuck Lake was nothing compared to getting to Robin. We lost the trail once or twice but thankfully there were cairns everywhere so it was pretty easy to follow. There were only a few patches of snow left but they were pretty easy to get across. The last part of the hike was walking up a pretty steep granite (which was pretty sticky and I didn't worry about my feet slipping). Don't forget to turn around when you're up there because the mountains behind you are absolutely beautiful. It's a great photo op before you cross over the top and head down to Robin Lake.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great minimal elevation backpack trip! Skeeters were a bit much till you get past the marsh area, but were fine at the lake. Site was large, clean and has a wilderness toilet near by.

This was an easy and fun hike. The lake is so beautiful! I would give it 5 Stars except the bathrooms are boarded up at the trailhead and there's tons of people. lots of great camping spots and spectacular views!

1 month ago

Perfect hike for capable young kids. My buddy and I took our kids (Ages: 9, 7, 6, & 5) over the weekend up the Deception Pass trail to Hyas Lake or an over night camp experience. Achievable for all ages with a little help for the youngest. A fair number of creek crossings. Suggest waterproof boots. Minor bugs, but recommend repellent. The lake was swollen with snowmelt run off. Fortunate to find a camp spot. Would recommend early arrival to stake a claim. Definitely coming back as there is more to explore.

***COUGAR SIGHTING***

Hex Mountain is another hike I didn’t get to finish, but that was because my aunt and I encountered a COUGAR about 3/4 on the way up!! I was about 30 feet away from it when it crossed my path, going towards my dog. Luckily, no one was hurt (even the dog didn’t see it) Thank god we also had bear spray on us in case it were to have approach us. It was very scary, but an amazing experience!!

Peek a boo views of Paris Creek from a single track wooded trail. A fair amount of wildflowers during our early June outing.

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