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Went with some buddies for a couple days. Hiked in friday evening for a quick camp set up. Got up mid morning Saturday and hiked up to Copper Lake took some pool floats and floated/fished for a couple hours. Moved on to Little Heart hit the peak in between little and big but one buddy was worse for wear so we turned back and made camp back by Copper.

Bug netting currently is a must they get quite thick in areas. There is a longer stretch in between Trout and Copper Lake that is exposed to the sun so some refill water often(we used sawyer squeeze filters) and remember sunscreen.

Overall the beauty and experience is worth the trip Enjoy!

We did this hike but from Smithbrook Trail/Stevens Pass. It was about 7 miles round trip, easy moderate level. Had lunch at the lake which was stunning. Only downside was the bugs were out and we got eaten alive despite having on bug spray.

3 days ago


4 days ago

Nice walk through the woods. Could see the distant peaks today along with Glacier peak, Vesper, and Barring

Pretty scenery and secluded. My dog was lost on it for a day!

Still snow on the trail as of JY 11, 2018. Even though it didn’t interfere, I recommend not doing this hike before mid-JY

10 days ago

Went on a Monday, only 8 cars in the lot. Saw some snow at the top, bugs were aggressive, but totally worth it! Stunning views.

trail running
11 days ago

Gorgeous trail with so much to offer for those willing to make the long, slow drive up the 10-mile dirt road. Plus, everyone on trail was super friendly and followed proper trail etiquette.

Only went as far as Copper Lake. Sign says 4 miles - I say 5. Beautiful hike though. Copper lake was so beautiful- almost surreal. I suggest mosquito netting/bug deterrent though.

Beautiful mountain scenery. Old train tunnels are fun and interpretive signage is nice.

The trail was beautiful. Lots of stairs, roots, and rocks, as well as a couple big downed trees I had to climb over made this more of a slow hike than the run I’d planned to do. I recommend bringing water shoes/sandals for the river crossing.

13 days ago

I love this trail...We hiked it last September and the lake is absolutely stunning! We ate lunch and rested by the lake before heading back. We will definitely go again this year. :)

on Lake Dorothy Trail

13 days ago

Hiked on June 27. Loved this little hike. More stairs and up and down than I realized but lots lovely lush greenness, rushing water at the bridge, and surprisingly, not too many bugs. Three toilets along the lake and a few camping spots. To get up to the other lakes (Bear, Deer, Snoqualmie) you’ll have to cross the river at the far end of the lake, but it isn’t very deep.

Fun hike, lots of fun caves to explore, also several waterfalls through the hike. Family Friendly, good for all skill types. Upper trail a bit harder then lower trail

Hiked in June 30th, no snow until we got to Malachite Lake and you couldn’t see the trail. Had to make our way through bushes and trees to find a spot to put our tent. It was super windy and rainy so be prepared! I’ll be it gorgeous on a sunny day though!

love this trail , have been there 2 times, but going back just to encourage other people to visit there .

Trail in good condition; kudos to the volunteer WTA crew stabilizing the trail on the way to Bear Lake. Cool and cloudy day was perfect for a long day hike. Stream crossing at 4.3 miles is running fast and about knee deep. Made it to Bear Lake before needing to turn around. Bugs were annoying but not terrible. Can't wait to get back to finish.

24 days ago

great hike. I parked at the lower trailhead and climbed the switch backs up to the trail and on to Wellington. my fitness app said 9 miles round trip and 20k steps but if you want to see all the cool stuff without the hike then there is a trailhead parking area at Wellington. lots of cottonwood floating around and mosquitoes in the trees there was plenty of water also.

Great hike. Lots of snow still at the top. Well worth the hike up.

26 days ago

Definitely not a "lightly trafficked" trail!!! We saw 20+ people on a Saturday afternoon.

1 month ago

6/16/18: Now in my top 5 favorite hikes! Incredible views, moderate difficulty, and a mix of summer/winter conditions. There's snow for the last mile, but it's packed down enough that you don't need spikes/snowshoes. Sunny and shaded sections, and a great boulder area at the top to sit and enjoy 360 views. Glacier Peak was beautiful and you can even see Baker in the distance. Odd bonus: the outhouse at the trailhead was the best smelling ones I've ever been in. What people say about the bumpy NF road is true, but we saw a Prius make it up there so... enjoy! It's worth every pothole and step.

1 month ago

It’s not a difficult trail, there is a lot natural beauty and a little bit of the history about the Great Northern Railway.

1 month ago

Finished my last final of junior year at UW so my partner and I headed to Necklace Valley for an overnighter. The first five miles are very pretty through the forest. Pretty flat, but there are lots of bugs and spiders. We used our poles to knock down spider webs because we kept running into them. There is also a lot of devils club and some stinging nettle so watch out.
We were planning on camping up at Jade Lake but after thinking about camping in snow and seeing how nice the campsite at five mile looked, we decided to camp there. We had a very nice camp with the river running loudly next to us. Didn't really see any wildlife, just more bugs. I left the shorts I had hiked in out in the camp overnight and when I woke up the next day, a dead mouse was in them. Not really sure what the story is behind that.
We started hiking up to the lakes at 7 am the next day. Trail is uphill for some parts but not the worst with one big tree down to walk across. It took us about three hours to get up to Jade lake which is longer than we expected but we were in no rush. The intermediate snow that starts around 3700' was very thin and soft. We really had to watch out for falling through so we kicked out a lot of chunks. Trail becomes all snow just before Jade lake. The lake is about half thawed with interesting blue/green colors and very clear. The trail goes right along the lake and in some cases even too close (ie the trail is in the lake) so we forged uphill a bit. We then continued on through more snow fields to Emerald lake and Opal lake. Both are about the same as Jade in terms of frozen. We really wanted to see if we could continue on to tank lakes but we didn't have time unfortunately. Although, with the right equipment, I see no reason why this couldn't be done. As the snow is very thin, I would be careful going across bolder fields because falling through could be painful and into crevices of an unknown depth.
We also did a bit of an off trail expedition to get a peek of Lake Ilswoot. This was probably when our college stupidity came out the most because it was kinda sketch but also we got to see it. We climbed to the top of the ridge but the actual lake is way further down and through the trees and there was no way we were climbing down there. Maybe if we had planned a better route we could have. There might have been a passable route by going between the two ridges on the other side of Emerald Lake from the trail, but going up and over is probably not a good idea because the way down is very steep as far as we could see. Ilswoot is more thawed out than the three smaller ones. It is mostly light blue with some ice chunks in it. We could only see a glimpse through the trees but it looked really pretty.
We headed back down and the sun came out for us (the snow did become softer and easier to fall through though). Very pretty vistas of mountains heading down from the valley. And the five mile hike back to the trailhead was more of the same. Overall great trip. I would love to come back later in the season when there is less snow and I have more time to explore beyond Opal lake.

Very easy but a pleasant stop if you've been driving a while and need a rest. Beautiful view of the falls.

Easy access to the waterfalls and stream. The falls was breathtaking.

Good for backpacking. Brought the doggo, had a great time!

Tried it on Sunday. Awesome sun. But got stopped half way there with chest deep snow! Bring ur spikes or crampons and ur fine.

intersting history with the railway, views and scenery average but certainly worth the 2.5 to 3 hours for the loop

1 month ago

Great moderate hike! The last two miles to the trailhead, a stream is running past the road. Not deep at all.

1 month ago

Epic! We went straight to the twin tunnels, took a switch back up to the above trail and followed that back to the start. 7 miles all together with our 6 year old. Amazing views, the upper portion was so awesome and a bit more challenging. The way down was a switchback and ridiculous! So steep but was a lot of fun. Definitely a new favorite!

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