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Great weather. Great views. Great hike!

hiking
21 hours ago

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

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 .

hiking
3 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.

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!

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
10 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
11 days ago

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

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

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike, pretty flowers and butterflies. I would definitely bring bug spray! I was happy I did. Once the sun started going down they were pretty bad. Gorgeous lake, stream crossings. Lovely hike! Not difficult to get to trailhead (although it is gravel). Pretty lightly trafficked.

The dust and ash through the "restricted zone" was quite aggravating to breathe, especially over an extended amount of time. The trail itself is not very demanding, with elevation gain and loss mostly through the "restricted zone". Be wary of filtering water through streams in and near the "restricted zone" as they are loaded with silt. We filtered water through a clear-looking stream and our filter had a fair amount of silt in it afterwards and required back-flushing.

Went early on Friday July 6th, only one other car at TH. Challenging hike to Dog Mtn, wildflowers drying out but views gorgeous. My intention was to cross over to Augspurger. Dropped down into valley trail, very cool and well maintained. Took Dog / Augspurger trail split and had to turn back after about 1/4 mi. Trail to Augspurger extremely overgrown right now...lost the trail completely. Hike down Augspurger side of trail back to parking lot was easy, several people hiking up this route. Lot was almost full at this time. Definitely good idea to get there early

hiking
13 days ago

Well maintained trail, beautiful views everywhere.

Hiked up on July 4th with my 16,8,5 year old boys and our Lab. The road from Carson is in excellent condition. The weather was a bit cloudy with no beating sun with temperatures in the 70's which made the mosquitoes tolerable using Repel Sportsman Max 40. The hike up was awesome as usual and my 5 year old son did all by himself. I had to hold his hand a good amount of the time as many parts of the trail are quite steep with a solid drop off for a 5 year old. My 8 year old made it in and out all by himself. When we got there we found a camping spot along the East side of the lake and within 5 minutes of having my line in the water I pulled out a 12" Rainbow Trout! I used a Feather Treble Hook Spinner Spoon Lure with Balls O' Fire Salmon Eggs on 2 hooks and garlic PowerBait on the other hook. Now, does any of this matter? Who knows, I did not get another bit, nor did my 8 year old son over the next 4 hours, but hey, I got one and it was delicious! The mosquitoes at the lake weren't too bad either. There was maybe 5-6 sets of people we saw the entire 8 hour day including the trip in and out. I would say we had at least 3 hours by our self while fishing at the lake. The views at the ridge line of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and the Goat Rocks were stunning as always! The one trail blockage that was there in May has been removed so it is smooth sailing up and in. If you can call 5 miles and 1500' elevation gain smooth sailing. If you have never taken a trip up to Soda Peaks Lake, DO IT! It is well worth the drive. It is just over 2 hours from Battle Ground WA each way.

Loved this shirt hike! Great for kids and the water felt amazing!

Great trail, great views of the Columbia River gorge, Mt Saint Helens and Mt Adams. Native historical site at the top. One of my favorite hikes.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this 6/5/18 just getting into Mt. Adam's, beautiful hike with tons of butterflies. Clocked in 12 miles round trip. Bring bug spray the mosquitoes are horrible in a couple spots.

Great views! A bit frightening for someone that doesn’t like heights but the payoff was well worth it.

Hiked a few weeks back thought I might share a video I made about my experience. Hope you enjoy: https://youtu.be/QN-UbQnBEqQ

Be safe out there,
NW Adventures

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful view of Spirit Lake and the surrounding area.

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