100 Classic Hikes Washington
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This was an absolutely fantastic trip. It's only 1.6miles to the top, but lordy lordy, it's certainly a quick ascent. Coming down is hard on the knees and there were quite a few folks up there and it was a Monday. My recommendation is to plan for mid week hikes to avoid the crowds, schedule plenty of time (4+hrs) for the hike round trip, and make sure your camera battery is fully charged and that you have enough space to fill on the memory card...the view is worth the pain, well well well worth it.
Difficult hike for this time of year as second two-thirds entirely snow-covered. Took my 14 year old son and dog and made it to the top in about 90 minutes from the upper lot. Need gators to protect from the snow if you go early in season (but we managed without). Great views from the top- worth every minute of hike up. Probably much easier (still difficult) when snow melts off.
this trail was very challenging and i loved every minute of it. it was excellently made up of switchbacks and some nice steps. you can difenitely see why you would want to go all the way up too the top. i had some great views from mid ways up and wanted to stop and rest every few minutes because i started from the lower trail head which made it even more challenging! but it was a clear day and the veiws were so worth the pain of climbing!!! even though i was promised a veiw of mountain goats and got none on that hot day we went it was so worth it! i would so recommend that if you like to hike to take this one on a clear nice day! i was able to see Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens(the crater side which was an awesome site) so clear and got pics which i will post soon. also the is this little store in Union,Washington along the way and i would suggest to stop in and have some ice cream on the way back!
This could easily have been a 5 star trail (from what I've read) but on the day I went up it was overcast and there were no long-distance views. That, however, did not detract from the beauty in immediate environment nor the satisfaction with reaching the summit of a steep and challenging trail. I started from the lower trailhead and would actually recommend it to those who have time. It provided a less steep warm-up (fairly flat, in fact, for good chunks) through the forest which was totally and wonderfully silent on the day I went up.
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