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bugs
no shade
2 days ago

After walking 1.5 up the road, turn right at the huge sign that reads Hex Mountain. You can’t miss it. Or, you can if you are chatting with friends and not paying attention like we did! We took the logging road up and then the trail back down for a fun loop. If I did it again I’d go up the main trail and then down the logging trail to the west as the grade is less steep and less sandy. Going down on the main trail was pretty slippery and sandy so make sure you have good shoes and a hiking pole. Enjoy the views at the top! Well worth it and beautiful hike!

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no shade
rocky
4 days ago

Hiked this on 5/27/2020, Wednesday. No bathrooms on this trail. The trail starts at a closed gate on a forest road that is off the main road. You can get here with a low clearance vehicle. I arrived at 8:45am and there was only (1) other car there. Elevation gain starts off here and pretty much all the way to the top. Follow the forest road and at the first major fork, take a right turn, there should be pink ribbons marking the turn on the fork. Head NE on that same path for about 2 miles until you end up at a ridge with a view of Cle Elum lake. There will be a wooden sign marking the trail that is a lot easier to follow. There are some man made arrows to help guide you there. Majority of the trail has no shade, there is a lot of bugs in the final mile and at the top. I will admit following the forest road the first 2 miles seemed never ending and dreadful, but the views along this hike past that are gorgeous. Also, saw 5 deers and 1 wild turkey. If you find a pair of ray bans, I lost them on the forest trail

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no shade
5 days ago

It was a great hike in the end. But it was hard to walk under the sun almost 85% of the time.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

Still too early to get to the trailhead. Too much snow on the fire road stopped us 3.4 miles from trailhead. Car camped instead. Will try again during the summer. Looks like it’ll be beautiful hike once the snow has melted. Gave stars only because need to in order to post this.

5/24/2020: First off, the weather was cooperative! Mid 60s with partly cloudy skies with intermittent greetings from the sun. First 1.5 mile, you walk on logging road. Pretty steep. Then, you get on the trail (there will be a sign) and then it gets steeper. It is uphill all the way to the top, but it was a beautiful hike! View of the Cle Elum Lake pretty much all the way, wildflowers all over. Trees from previous wildfires had dark, charcoal trunks, and barely any leaves. This added beautiful contrast against the skies, and moss here and there. The trail is very much in the open, so bring sunscreen! No snow on the trail, but plenty of snowcapped mountains to view. Chilly at the top despite the Sun.

Definitely recommend. We missed the turn off to the trail (after walking on service road for a while) and still ended up at the top with everyone else. Service road ended up being a great alternative as we could walk side by side and also I think we got more views. Seems like there are a couple different paths on the mountain. Good workout, would go early because it gets warm!

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rocky
8 days ago

Totally beautiful!!!! No snow at the top. Very dry and rocky but epic views the whole way. Highly recommend

Great intermediate hiking trail. After 1.8 miles of hiking the wider road, there is a trail off to your right. Be ready for some steep elevation gain on the trail. Great time for wildflowers and I expect next week will be beautiful too. The jolly mtn fire left some pretty beautiful views open that you might not have seen before, but the new growth coming back in is encouraging and wonderful to see. Windy at the top, so bring layers!

hiking
13 days ago

Fantastic hike. Beautiful views. Very exposed. Bring water. I hiked with my dog and there is no relief so brought a ton for her. Use the map... Lots of turn offs. At a major intersection it looks like you should go left to follow the road but that's false. Saw a couple motor bikers at the top

hiking
15 days ago

This was a great trail and a good workout. We hiked this on Mother’s Day weekend with fantastic weather. The first couple miles are on a fire service road and then you hit trail the rest of the way. Decent incline the entire trip. Views on the way up and from the top were stunning! We had my sons 11 and 13 and our dog which is a mini bernedoodle. There were a few parts on the way down that were a scramble. Agree with many other reviews that the trail is at least 8 miles and there are some areas where signage would have been appreciated. We also ran into dirt bikers a few times while on the fire road and at the very top.

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private property
20 days ago

- Great hike, easy trail, with wonderful views the higher you go, esp of Lake Cle Elum. Top has easy view of Takhoma (Rainier) and the Enchantment peaks to the NE. - Be aware of multiple forks in the road leading up to the actual trail-head. It helped to have the map downloaded on a phone. - May 10 -- no snow worth mentioning - Parking is along the short gravel road up to the gate. - Total Distance there and back was 8.5 miles, with 2,805 ft gain. Total time was about 4 hours.

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rocky
scramble
21 days ago

I did this hike last August and it was great. I recommend packing light. The last 2 miles are difficult. I brought my 1.5 year old golden retriever and regret not bringing something to cover her feet. She had multiple cuts on her pads of her feet from the sharp granite and her claws got worn down low enough that they started to bleed. I wouldn’t take her again. Great views.

hiking
21 days ago

The trail distance is much longer then 3.5 one way reported, round trip is over 8.5 miles. Beautiful nature. The trail needs in update in marking, overall is great.

hiking
22 days ago

The hike is much longer than reported by AllTrails. We clocked 8.6 miles at the end of the trail. Got a late start to the day and got to the trailhead at 4pm, back to the car at 9pm. The trail follows a forest road with a gentle incline for the first two miles, then the next 2~2.5 miles are STEEP. The views at The summit of hex are incredible though! Highly recommend but be forewarned, it's longer than stated.

hiking
22 days ago

Gorgeous weather. Views for days. Could see the enchantments to the NW and Rainer prominently to the west. Many other peaks as well. Trail had many forks - keeping the app open is key. Path is well worn and some steeper sections with scree. Logged it as 7.3 miles rather than 6.9. Well worth the effort.

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snow
22 days ago

Hiked 9 May 2020 - Was only able to get within 5miles of trail head. - Trail was snowed over, difficult to stay on track. -would not recommend if you don’t have 4x4 Low or higher than normal clearance on vehicle. Many people got stuck and had to get pulled out. Still pretty and easy to get to. Will be going back when the snow melts more.

hiking
22 days ago

Following the forest road to get to the actual trailhead is a pain. Other than that a beautiful hike with 360 views up top. Went yesterday and encountered very little snow near the top. Saw a deer and some turkey vultures

hiking
22 days ago

The trail is totally snow free minus a couple patches that are easy to avoid. The first half climbs up a forest road with other turnouts so GPS was very helpful for route finding. The second half is a steeper route through wildfire remains. Most of the trail is totally exposed to the sun so bring lots of water. Incredibly clear view of Rainier today. I saw 25-30 people on the trail today and everyone was awesome about social distancing!

hiking
23 days ago

Was a little confusing with lots of forks in the road definitely keep your maps open to guide you. Overall I was happy with the hike itself beautiful views!! Definitely a good workout.

hiking
24 days ago

Excellent hike with views non-stop. Definitely worth taking it all the way to the top for a glorious view of Rainier. The trail was clear and dry-no snow. Lots of flowers, elk, deer, a western tanager, and more. We completed the loop rather than the upland back which was great. I suggest going clockwise. BE CAREFUL as the map does not match what we saw on the ground-many forks nothing marked. We ended up off trail twice but were able to find our way back with a bit of cross-country bushwhacking.

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snow
1 month ago

Good views of Lake Cle Elum and even the Enchantments once up on top. Forest road for roughly the first half of the hike, then to standard trails. Follow your GPS to know which fork to take. The trail is well maintained and easy to maneuver. Snow the last half mile made it a bit difficult to keep the trail, but hard to wander too far on the ridge. Good workout.

Do not attempt following my decent. Quite the adventure lol

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closed
off trail
scramble
snow
1 month ago

After the first couple miles the view opens up wonderfully. Snow on the last mile or so. Amazing views all the way up with a 360ish peak view. I decided to take a horseshoe style route along the ridge to the other side of the mountain. It’s a pretty decent flower filled path down the other side. We did have to make our own path across a small stream to meet back up with the other trail though. The map showed a trail connecting but you can’t trust all of these mapped trails. Bonus small waterfall on the right path before you get to the peak. Saw it on the way down the other side of the mountain.

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snow
1 month ago

Excellent views. A little snow near top. Top is snow free. No snowshoes or spikes needed.

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