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wad fun for a quick hike and a cold dip in the falls

been there last summer. it was my first hike in Washington. the view was amazing but the hike was kinda hard and I don't recommend this to beginners

great hike and loved the view of falls

Snakes. Snakes and Snakes!
I encountered 4 HUGE snakes during my hike today and I'm literally never going back! I've never seen so many snakes on a trail! They love the cool, wet environment in that wooded area!!

hiking
11 hours 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
11 hours ago

We did a one night backpacking trip into the meadows which was 5.5 miles in. We then set up camp and went to the peak which was another 1.5 mile or so. The hike up to the peak is tough, but worth the pain! We went to see the sunset at the peak and the pictures and view was incredible. Round trip for us 13.7 miles (a bit more than what this app says). Great trip!

Trails are not marked very well, the were well maintained a bit muddy in some parts but had a wonderful time. Will definitely recommend to other people.

I love this hiking.

This was a great hike for Mother's Day--relatively easy and a perfect distance for our first hike. :-)

Good trail gets progressively steeper as you go. a few nice views along the way but probably the best 4500 foot viewpoint in the state on top. may be best selection of berries too. a definite "must do" in spite of its low elevation.

worth the trip down to the lake once you've "gotten to the top".

hiking
12 hours ago

effort but not difficult, so don’t expect a challenge but it’s not a cakewalk either. incredibly scenic. views of mt. ranier, but go clockwise in order to not be walking away from it. bugs not as bad as the other reviewers seem to suggest. 5/5

Beautiful trail with great overlooks. You cross several bridges and there are 2 stream crossings, so waterproof shoes would be helpful (although not required for those with good balance that can move from rock to rock). Depending on your preference, moving counter clockwise on the trail will result in a more gradual, but longer climb, while going clockwise results in a steeper grade for a shorter time. We went clockwise and I would probably do that direction again. We came in July and some of the trail was still snow covered, but doable with standard hiking equipment.

hiking
14 hours ago

Solid trail; 9,11 & 13yr old were able to finish. Great views. Much better in the AM

If you park at the fish park entrance there is a wonderful long, winding boardwalk that would accomodate strollers and wheel chairs. It is a lovely meandering walk through the trees. It would be a great place to bring the littles.

A late start at 2:45 on a mostly sunny warm day. I only hiked until 5 and then turned around, only because of the late start. This is definitely a strenuous trail, more on the downhill trip. Fantastic views at a couple of places where the trees thin out. I am going to try this trail again and being trekking poles to help on the descent. The pics at the top seem to make the trip worthwhile.

This hike really impressed us. We were looking for something a little bit different than the usual mountain hikes were used to, so we decided to give this trail a try. We really enjoyed that the trail was unique, in that you’re quite literally traversing down a canyon adjacent to magnificent gushing water and waterfalls. We enjoyed the views most on the lower portion of the trail, and especially loved the ladders...just got a kick out of those! All in all, we loved it and would definitely do it again!

hiking
16 hours ago

We made an overnight trip out of the trek and glad we did. The final mile uphill is pretty steep with a number of waist-high step ups. It was quite a climb wearing overnight packs. There were less than a dozen campers for a Saturday night in July and we located an amazing spot to shelter for the night. So the mosquitos, OMG the mosquitos! You must remain in constant motion or you'll have the woodland insects whispering the secrets of the forest in your ears. I cannot emphasize enough to bring powerful repellant or you'll be hanging out in your tent ⛺! At times inching downhill the next day makes an extremely sore following day. At times you're scaling up rocks. Another time we were throwing our bodies and packs over a fallen tree. It's an adventure!

Started hike around 11am, still a bit hazy from the regional wildfires, but overall good visibility. If you havent hiked in a while be patient with yourself and the trail, there are some decent elevation gains. Once you reach the split, stay left to continue on the YAB.

All uphill with a few straight aways...Its best to be in shape before taking this hike. Well worth the views! Real rocky watch your step. The jog down was nice

hiking
17 hours ago

awesome hike ... early part no shade so a little exposed but latter half gets really deep into the forests .... the lake itself is on you all of a sudden so hidden it is ..... not much of a place to hang out but well worth it .... the return trip is at least 40 % faster !!

The trail along the creek is flat out missing in places (appears to have been reclaimed by the creek) and very poorly maintained in other places, to the point of being flat out dangerous. I do not recommend except for the most seasoned hikers.

Great hike. Gorgeous views!!

short, but steep hike for conditioning purpose. did it non-stop and took about 50 mins at my pace with a group of friends going up.
the view is good, both from cherico point and poo poo point which is further up.

parking lot is free. took 25 mins from bellevue. great location and great trail.

We did the loop and the only negative I found was having to walk along the street to get back to our car and that is why I gave it 4 stars instead w 5.

Overcrowded, extremely easy.

Awesome lake, this trail can be rough if you're backpacking it. The last mile and a half can be confusing but someone made rock towers to follow which makes it easier.

hiking
19 hours ago

Awesome trail, but try to avoid it on weekends. It is literally the interstate of hikes.

hiking
19 hours ago

Not easy but the view was more than worth it!

walking
19 hours ago

This is my go to trail and I love it. The hills make for a great workout, the views make it peaceful. Never a lot of traffic.

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