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Too many people but still a decent hike. Gorgeous weather! Ultra clear and cold stream water but also refreshing.

Great weather. Great views. Great hike!

Super easy quick trail. Lived in the pnw all my life and have been on many hikes but just never managed to come here. Finally did it and it was a piece of cake.
I would understand if someone afraid of heights had a hard time but it’s very much worth it!

oh goodness do not take this trail lightly. at about 3 miles on the actual trail I started a chant of "a****** trail I will defeat yooooou"... but I only saw one person at the lake, otherwise, so undertraveled for such a lovely place.

The trail was in great shape and there's an awesome vantage point right before the Sister Rocks Trail intersection. There are three other outcroppings where you can get absolutely stunning views before arriving to the top of Observation Peak. There are bugs but be sure to bring bug spray and they won't be a problem. I will note that according to Google there are three routes to get to the trailhead. We took SR503 through Yacolt/Amboy to get out there but I would NOT recommend this route unless you have a high clearance vehicle and dont mind branches potentially scratching your vehicle. On the way out we took the forest road and followed it leading to Dry Creek Rd, Meadow Creek Rd, and eventually to Wind River Rd and took that down south to Carson. The flowers are still in bloom but it would be even better to go in late spring/early summer when they are all I'm full bloom!

hiking
2 days ago

I have hiked this trail many times over the years and it never gets old. The grade is gradual so the nine mile hike to Chinook Falls and back wasn't difficult. The parking lot was almost full but the trail didn't feel crowded. Love all the beautiful waterfalls. The road has gotten much worse. I made it in my Ford Focus with no problems, but you really have to watch where you are going.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a definite must visit for Mt. Saint Helens. Much better than the visitors center Have some basic history and information (pictures) and some geology information before you get there and the area will come alive. It's amazing to see giant trees floating in the lake over 30 years later, the trees stumps where the tree was sheared off by the blast and see areas protected and new growth and new lava domes.

The trail to the viewpoint is almost entirely steps. beyond that is fairly flat and dusty but a geological treasure trove.

On a clear day, you'll see Mt. Rainier, Adams, Hood and more.

The drive in is long, the road is bumpy and at times the road is gravel but mostly paved. Plan on a good 2+ hours from Randle. There are bathroom facilities at the trailhead.

And yes, it is windy...so bring a light jacket or long sleeved shirt.

the Whittier Ridge part of this hike is more of a scramble then a hike. if you're that thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie this hike is definitely for you. awesome views around every corner .

We really like this trail because we can take people of any skill level. The grandkids love this one. Very scenic and most of the hike is in the shade. Have taken a dip a couple of times in one of the pools. This water is cold. I’ve also been with a group that mountain biked this trail. We had a couple of riders that weren’t very skilled at biking and they found the trail a little narrow but a beautiful ride.

hiking
4 days ago

I did the Divide Camp Trail just south west, not this one, but very similar and there is no ‘AllTrail’ spot for it but on map.

Trail was great. Scenes were amazing. So quiet out there, great views of snowmelt rivers, wild flowers, Adams...

However, bugs ruined the hike %100 for me. Came back with some nice photos but stressed out of my mind from not being able to stop once from the attack.

Did this two and a half day hike several years ago in August. It can be completed quicker but why? Very hot but wandering in and out of the evergreen forests made for mostly pleasant times Several cold water springs are spaced out just right. Wildlife and scenery every day makes it very interesting. The mouth of the volcano is breathtaking. Trails are well marked on this moderate hiking experience. Take a side route to Johnson’s Ridge and the national monument to learn about the pre, active, and post activity the Mountain put on display. RIP Harry Truman on this mountain of adventure.

hiking
4 days ago

I went up this trail on a Sunday morning. Saw very few people. Our family of 4 were among only two other parties we saw heading up. Only 6-8 other parties heading out. So to say this trail is quiet was sort of an understatement. We followed the trail all the way to the PCT junction. My husband and older son went up to high camp while myself and younger son walked out ahead of them. This trail was hot hot hot! But the views on the way up, totally worth it. Mount Adams peaked out of the tree before revealing her beauty in the upper meadow. Behind us was mount rainer and goat rocks which made the trip out that much better. Wild flowers were abundant.
Water was limited. A well established stream about half way between the trailhead and the end destination was our only source of water. If you have dogs this is something to keep in mind. The bugs were...HORRIBLE AND I MEAN HORRIBLE. Stop for any period and your covered. 100% feet only worked for so long.

Surreal to the see the crater and great views from the summit! The hike honestly wasn’t as bad as anticipated (we hike regularly and had been training) until the ash hill, which was grueling. We attempted to glissade down to by-pass the boulder fields, but the snow wasn’t cooperating. Leave early to beat the heat and crowds and make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen.

Did this morning 7/15/18. It was super hot outside but this trail is almost all shaded it was felt great. Did get super busy by around 11am and BEWARE of all the potholes! No idea how none of the reviews I read didn’t mention this. Drove in my sedan and ate crap on a couple so I parked a mile away and walked the rest. And we had bees circling us as we were walking towards the start of the trail and a few on the hike that followed us for awhile so be careful if you are allergic. Getting to the falls was easy though. Took us 35 minutes.

Beautiful hike. A steep down to start, but not too bad, and so worth it. Take a dip at one of the pools toward the end.

Not a stroll in the park but surprisingly easier than I’d anticipated. The last bit through the ash field felt like it was never going to end but this was the only time my achilles were barking at me. The view up top was totally worth it as was the brief glissade down. We started out at dawn and had perfect sunny but cool weather until our descent. I’m so glad we did this hike!

backpacking
8 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail! Many lakes along the way to wherever you’re headed with gorgeous meadows. My husband and were going to backpack in and stay the weekend but were eaten alive by mosquitos!! We stayed at the lake for about ten minutes and headed out. Guessing September may be the perfect time to come back. Bugs are out in full force mid July!

Wow what an experience... when you finally get to the top, it feels as though you are on top of the word... the colors looking down into the volcano, cameras can’t capture how awesome and beautiful it is...we had the top all to ourselves for about 20 minutes and could hear glaciers falling. I am looking forward to going again. The last .7 miles to the top was the hardest, literally one step at a time, with the top taunting you to hurry up and get there

hiking
10 days ago

Definitely a tough one. As bad coming down as up. Two miles of easy trail, then 2.5 of climbing around or through boulders, and then 1.5 of ash and gravel. Don’t start late in the day. Probably about 9 hours for most people.

hiking
11 days ago

Excellent views of mt. Adams and a beautiful serene glacial lake at the end of the hike. I wouldn't say it's that difficult of a hike but it is pretty long. it took our group 5.5 hours out and back to the lookingGlass lake with stops and hanging out by the lake. The bugs we're bad in one area going up, but the wind and dryness kept them away for most of it. The area is all burned from a fire years ago so it feels exposed but the air is cool and the exposure makes it easy to have great vistas. there was an awesome meadow and a bunch of streams and one rushing small river that required a us to remove our boots to walk through it. Great hike overall and there was nobody on it on a Tuesday afternoon.

Really incredible views, so much more impressive than you'd think.

hiking
12 days ago

It was a very easy trail to find and follow! The views were magnificent!

Beautiful hike on a hot day because you’re almost entirely in shade. The forest was lovely as was the crystal clear creek the trail followed. Lovely waterfalls and not too many people on the trail. We took our dog on a leash and he loved it. Take plenty of water and a snack. It’s a nice easy hike on a well maintained trail.

Incredible views above the clouds, did in 2015. Highly recommended. Plenty of camping areas, stayed near cougar...expect a long and punishing hike because of the terrain. It is no joke, but no words can describe the view from the rim.

Great views, easy hike

Beautiful hike. My walking club & I hike up the Trapper Creek trail & down this one. The view was beautiful & observation trail was easier than the Trapper Creek trail. Trail was a steady decline going down & only a few spots that you needed sure footing where some slides had occurred in the past. Absolutely stunning, would make one suggestion, don’t climb it in 80 degree weather & if you do bring lots of water.

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked 192 with my walking club on Saturday. We went to the end of the trail and at the top we connected with the 132 Observation Peak trail & hiked down the mountain.... overall it was 18.23 miles & 3,444 elevation according to my fitbit. This is definitely a hard trail up & it looked like most hikers do this loop over a weekend. Was pretty moderate up till the 5 mile mark when you start climbing up the mountain on switchbacks. Most of us did great, I struggled on the incline but made the top. There were wild blueberries & orchids along the way & quite a few log bridges to cross over the creek. It’s beautiful & the waterfall platform was breathtaking.

The road to the falls was a bit washed away but seemingly managed. I'd suggest a SUV or pickup. It was worth the trip though because the falls were beautiful. You can't beat the fresh smell of a waterfall from the ice caps of a mountain. Precious and spectacular. The rumble of the falls is absolutely a sound I won't yet forget. Go and enjoy!

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