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backpacking
8 hours ago

Cautionary note: if you plan on doing the entire trail (starting from the trailhead), there is an intersection with multiple logging roads (not trails) at approximately 2.5 miles into the hike. While there is a sign pointing you back in the direction of the trailhead, no marker exists to point the way to continue along Nason Ridge trail. From the middle of the intersection, you can see no less than five different options. Turn right (north) to the steepest of the roads; it returns to a trail approximately half a mile up and there is another sign pointing you in the direction of the trail. No running water to speak of during the first six miles of the trek.

Very easy hike for anybody. Benches available where you can rest along the way. If you listen closely you can hear birds chirping along the way just don't mind the noise as you pass under I-5 area. If you don't want to turn around, you can take the gravel road that leads you along the water treatment plant. Just follow it, you will return right by the junction where you go under the bridge.

trail running
9 hours ago

This is the first trail I've been on in Washington and it set the standard pretty high. When you're entering the parking lot at the trailhead you might want to stay left if you have a lower clearance on your car; there are some pretty deep ruts to the right. The whole trail is well maintained and shaded for almost the entire way. I ended up turning around at the Vista Trailhead; if you want to stay on Wildcat trail your turn around spot is at the summit where the trail follows the road (you'll know where). For my return to the Wildcat Trailhead I took Gold Creek to Beaver Pond to Wildcat to get a different view.

Hiked back in mid June, no snow but the lookout was closed up. Not easy but extremely BEAUTIFUL!! Watch out for the flies once you leave the trees!!

backpacking
9 hours ago

Beautiful area. Wildfires were a bit close for comfort by Shedroof mountain. Heck of an overnight hike, but well worth it.

Very easy trail. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
10 hours ago

Very good trail. Only a few things one it really gets crowded so best is to start early. We started around 10 parking was overflowing and it was very warm. It is really Rocky and most of the trail is not covered with trees so you will be pretty much in the sun whole time. But views are amazing and would try one more time in winter heard when it is covered in snow it is much better ☺️

hiking
11 hours ago

Be sure to visit Sprite Lake

Nice shaded trail that is well signposted. Beautiful forest with a glimpse of Mt Rainier, but no other outstanding views.

hiking
12 hours ago

Great trail. Beautiful waterfall.

backpacking
12 hours ago

It's a difficult hike. I probably wouldn't do it before July in a heavy snow year. I can see how there would be lots of water, snow and mud on the trail in the spring that could precarious if your not experienced or prepared-as some of the reviews suggest. But the trail and the weather were clear and we had a great time overnighting. Limited campsites that were accessible at Blanca Lake. Signs said no camping within 200 ft. of the lake but I didn't see any campsites up the trail except around Virgin Lake which is a steep 800 ft. climb back up the trail from Blanca Lake. An exceptionally beautiful lake.

hiking
12 hours ago

A real journey to the top, but great rewards at the end!

BUG SPRAY BUG SPRAY BUG SPRAY .. did I mention bug spray? Massive horse flies, mosquitos, bees, and gnats so get used to the buzz in your ear. Hopefully I can't spare some of you since we came across people with 20+ bites who forgot spray! If you get passed the bugs and the 12 mile gravel road, the hike is absolutely amazing. It starts off fairly easy around a gorgeous turquoise lake. After 2 miles or so you'll reach Eunice lake before hiking to the look out. The look out makes this whole hike absolutely worth it. The last .9 miles are steep but not as challenging as we anticipated from looking up at it. The pictures we took will last a life time! Truly stunning and the view is worth it. Last note... BUG SPRAY

hiking
13 hours ago