Katherine Haveman

Aspiring photographer and adventure enthusiast.

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almost 2 years ago

Hit or Miss

Nice little hike but the falls may or may not be flowing depending on the season and amount of recent rain. We went after a lot of rain and flooding and part of the trail was also flooded, but it meant that the falls were much more prominent that day. Regardless, it is a beautiful trail!

Get there early!

Started my hike through Bell Canyon at 7am on a weekday, didn't see another soul until halfway through Wild Horse canyon where I eventually ran into the groups of children this place is notorious for. Still, getting the first three hours of the canyon to myself was magical. Beautiful place. Only downside is the trek between the two slots, as you walk along an ATV road.

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over 2 years ago

Stunning

So stunning and much more remote than the other canyons in the area! 100% would make the 4 hour drive again just to see this canyon. Met the owner of the property who might stop by the picnic area if he sees you coming and chat about his people and the story of how the canyon got passed down to him. Great experience!

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over 2 years ago

Not for Everyone

Personally not worth the crazy crowds, unless perhaps winter is a different story, for a view that has been a bit over exposed. But to each their own.

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over 2 years ago

Would Love To See It

Just an update that you can no longer (as of 5/6/18) hike this canyon on your own with a permit. The Navajo who own the land have decided to turn this canyon into a guided tour like many of the other canyons in the area, and tours will be starting soon for $35 per person.

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over 3 years ago

Meandering Trail

The elevation gain is a little off, the trail goes down as almost as much as it goes up, so it is more work than it looks, but it is a beautiful trail. The trail meanders up, down, left, right, and you don't see Gem Lake until you are right on top of it. Wonderful setting with a little snow in the Fall as well.

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over 3 years ago

Either Way You Go...

You'll love this hike. I took the clockwise route, the obviously less popular of the two, and loved it! I found it to be more interesting; you never see the pass until you are right on top of it with the trail winding from one ridge to the next, and the spectacular views evolve the whole way. This means on your way down, you have a more gradual descent as you work your way around Lake Ann. Also, go in the fall for some larch sightings!

Magical

Like everything else up at Artist's Point, this short little hike comes with magical views, and the stone steps that adorn the trail will make you feel like you're walking into your favorite fantasy series.

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over 3 years ago

Try Plummer Peak for an Easy Scramble

Great views of Rainier! I would also recommend following the rightmost trial for no more than a half mile for an easy scramble to Plummer Peak if you don't feel up to tackling Pinnacle Peak itself.

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over 3 years ago

So Close!

You feel so close to Mt. Rainier on this hike, and the Bear Grass explodes in mid July for a very diverse trail. Make sure to walk along the ridge line past the lookout tower for even more views. On a clear day you'll see Mt. Baker as well as Mt. St. Helens in the distance.

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over 3 years ago

Great Wildflowers

Wildflowers are exploding on the mountain at this time of the year (July) and it was quite a sight to see. A great sunrise hike due to the low milage, but the somewhat rough long road to the trailhead helps you gain that elevation you need for stunning views.

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over 3 years ago

Great Hike

I came a little late this Spring for a real snowshoe, but since there isn't a post for a hiking version: It is a beautiful hike. Increasingly popular so you will never find yourself alone on the trail, even in the winter, and once the trail is snow free, you might find yourself tripping over roots and rocks and getting sidetracked by meandering boot paths on what is a less than perfectly maintained trail. But it wouldn't the as fun otherwise! If you are lucky enough to be up on a calm day, the reflection in the lake is to die for. Alas, I had no such luck.

Hidden Gem

You won't find many people on this hike, but that's all for the better, as the landscape lends itself to aimless exploring. There's really nothing quite like it in Washington. Should take two to two and a half hours at most if you stick strictly to the trail.

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almost 4 years ago

Unbelievable

3/31/17 Seeing Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan in the winter as opposed to the summer had a mesmerizing effect. This amazing snowshoe has just enough incline that you have to work for the views, and is popular enough you'll always have a trail to follow, but remains enjoyable as you still feel secluded and dwarfed by the peaks all around you.

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almost 4 years ago

Explore the Area

Highway 20 is full of surprises. With hikes big and small in the area, beautiful lakes, and even larches in the fall, Ross Dam is a great place to stop any time of the year for a change of scenery. Fun little walk to the Dam, really cool they let you explore and walk around on the structure, just be safe! Did this in early March and had the place to ourselves.

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almost 4 years ago

Great in the Winter too

Hiked this for the first time in early January with intermittent snow on the trail, nothing difficult to handle at all, just make sure you have crampons for when the trail steepens and you need to use the ropes, as having some traction on these parts is key. I found the trail more difficult than it would seem on paper, definitely a good work out, and the last 1/4 mile is a blast with easy scrambles and some great views.

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almost 4 years ago

Worth the stop

If you are in the area this is a really cool bridge to check out. We arrived before sunrise and the criss-crossing forest roads were a lot of fun to explore being lit up with morning light. Also, you absolutely DO NOT need any type of 4-wheel drive or anything, the gravel road is well maintained with very few pot holes and makes for an easy drive for any car.

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about 4 years ago

Stunning

I love that certain sections of the falls you are prohibited from swimming in them (pretty much all of the upper sections) which keeps them pristine so people can enjoy them for years to come. There is so much to see and explore, we had a picnic by the upper falls and then did a small hike around to the right where you can get to the spring, and then worked our way down for some swimming. There is a fun log to jump off of for a 25 ft or so jump. There will usually be lots of people (I found that many people were British tourists) in the lower falls swimming, but just accept you won't have the place to yourself and have fun with people from all over. Note: the lower falls has small fish in it that you can't see, but the little guys like to nibble on your feet and legs, it can be a bit of a surprise.

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about 4 years ago

Winter Wonderland

It is an enchanting little walk in the winter (went in late December), just remember to bring those microspikes/crampons and marvel at how the forest transforms under feet of snow.

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about 4 years ago

Close to Campus

A nice little stroll when you just want to get off of campus (Washington State University) and see some gorgeous views of the Palouse. A nice place for students to go to but never too busy either! I would always being a hammock to the top and get some studying done while I was there.

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about 4 years ago

Same

Accurate reviews here: an extremely busy hike, nice views, and more strenuous than you would expect, overall a good workout. Really wish people wouldn't climb all over the arch, it's impossible to get a good picture without a dozen people climbing around, dogs running around, and oh yeah... babies crying... so many crying babies.

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over 4 years ago

Those seemingly endless switchbacks though...

Looks like a beautiful place, but unfortunately, like Mike, I was in the thick of clouds the whole journey, only catching glimpses of neighboring peaks through a gap in the clouds. Having said that, after seeing so little of this place, I can only imagine how stunning it is on a clear day! Prepare for a long journey to get to the views though, those switchbacks do seem to go one forever! Coupled with a 13 mile gravel road in less than great condition you'll have to work for those views. Will definitely come back on a clear day for a snowy ascent!

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over 4 years ago

Canoeing as well

UW also rents out canoes (as well as kayaks) for students to paddle around the lake for $6 an hour. However, I believe they require that you return the rental before sunset so you won't be able to capture these stunning shots with a rental, but it is still a great time! (Rentals located by the Husky Stadium)

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over 4 years ago

Love the Larches!

Love seeing the larches in the Fall, and a beautiful azure lake that looks fun to swim in in the Summer. Also, there looks like there is a climber's path off to the left about a half mile from the lake that leads to some awesome alpine climbing (I couldn't help but check it out).