Reviewed By: feb.23 2009 on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 07:25:05 PM
This hike was extremely easy, but the views are amazing! I reccommend this hike for all ages from infants to the elderly. Once you get to the summit you can see three fingers,pilchuck, and glacier peak it is fantsatic. Also there is a lot of ice and snow but most people would do fine with just some light hikers or running shoes. We started this hike at about twelve and returned to the car at three so allow about three or so hours the hike is eight miles and we jogged most of the way back. all in all a great hike!
Reviewed By: Doug Wiese on Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 04:06:44 PM
Amazing. The trail head is close to the road and easy to find. My choice was Mt. Si or Mt. Dickerman. Both about the same elevation gain. For my efforts, Mt. Dickerman has more for the pain and sweat. Patience is important. I didn't see anything other than forest until about 2 1/2 miles. Then you get a glimpse of Big Four Mtn and Speery Peak. From that point to the Top it's just plain beautiful. The day of the hike I could see Glacier peak, 3 Fingers, Baker, Rainier, Devils Peak, Hall Peak, Mt. Pilchuck, just to name a few. Go early and pack lots of water. If you go late summer, bring water for you dog.
I must be getting old
Reviewed By: Martin on Sunday, September 10, 2006 @ 07:37:24 PM
Review: Went up again on Friday, 8 Sept. My second climb, and my girlfriend's first. Perfect day; no clouds at all and temps in the mid-70s. Most of the other reviewers seem to say that, for the elevation gain, the climb is not too tough. Well, this climb liked to have kicked my butt, I have to admit. My excuse is that I was down with a viral infection from a mosquito bite 2 weeks ago (3 1/2 days in the hospital), and I must still be lacking some stamina and strength, but that's just my excuse. Seemed like I had to stop and rest about every 150 yards during the last mile or so, with my girlfriend giving me the wary eye most every time. Made it, though, and definitely worth the effort. No doubt about that. We even had the summit completely to ourselves for the hour + that we were on top. Simply spectacular. The blueberries are just coming out, too. We came back with about a cup and a half, and the fresh wild blueberry muffins were really, really good. For general info, the Mountain Loop Hightway is still closed at Barlow Pass. Also, the Verlot Public Service Center is now only open on weekends (after the 5th), and Green Gables was completely out of NW Forest Passes. Had to settle for a day pass from the machine at the Service Center (my last annual pass had expired in August). Great site, by the way. Thanks very much.
It's a winner!
Reviewed By: Di on Sunday, July 24, 2005 @ 08:25:12 PM
Review: Today I climbed Dickerman again. I had not climbed it all the way for two years (since about July 2003). In 2004 I was sidelined by an ACL tear (having surgey in July 2004). After my recovery, I did a lot of other local "conditioning" hikes, including Si and Tiger (out of convenience and also knowledge of the Dickerman downward trip being hard on the knees and quads).
I must say that I forgot what I was missing! Although Si is a good workout, it is just too crowded, many don't know trail etiquette, and the toilets stink so much that I gagged in them on July 4.
Today on Dickerman, I had the best time. I climbed alone, just to get some away time. I loved it. There really are great views all the way up (of course the best is at the top). Since it's been two years, I finally have been able to shrug off the count of switchbacks given by a teenager I ran into at that time. I don't think I ran into a single person who didn't know etiquette. Up and down, we each stepped aside for the other direction. Even the dogs were great (of course I had to stop and pet each one).
The only drawback was my knee. It only took me 2.25 hours to get up but 3.5 hours to get down. Yet, that's not the mountain's fault.
Dickerman has once again become my conditioning hike of choice! You will not be disappointed. Take lots of water.
A postholing good time
Reviewed By: Ken Dold on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 @ 08:29:57 AM
Review: I hiked up Mt. Dickerman on Friday, April 22. The trail starts out very nice...gorgeous trees and shrubbery. Some birds were singing, mountain flowers were starting to bloom and I caught some pretty spectacular glimpses of Big Four through the trees. After about an hour, there is a slight trail deviation that allows you to go to a small outcrop to get your first great view of Big Four - what a spectacular mountain! I was pretty happy at this point.
The switchbacking continued and, soon after that, I hit the snow.
The day turned out to be fairly warm (mid-70s), so I was soon doing 2 things on a regular basis: post-holing (up to my waist at times) and wishing I had brought snowshoes. I reached the gully that is a short-cut in the winter to the peak and lost the trail in snowdrifts and I was just plain tuckered out from wading through the snow. The warmth must have really softened the snow up dramatically and I made the decision to turn around. My decision was helped along by the fact that I lost one of the snow baskets from my trekking poles, basically rendering useless one of the poles.
However, I needed a win ... so I scrambled up the gully (getting soaked in the process) to a good vantage point where I could take some good shots of Big Four and Vesper. I then turned around, post-holed my way back to the snow line and went back to the car.
I would love to try this hike in the summer.
Dickerman: View Hike Supreme
Reviewed By: J Lee on Friday, October 15, 2004 @ 02:17:54 PM
Review: Most important thing to know about this hike: don’t do it on a cloudy day. You might as well climb stairs. But if it’s a clear day the views from the upper section and the peak are absolute eye poppers. Baker to Rainier, Olympics to the Sawtooths. I mean, wow! This is a top tier view hike, one of Washington’s best non-technical hikes in that regard. It’s quite a chunk of vertical, yes, but as others here have noted it’s well graded and maintained. It’s very doable for most people and for fast hikers it’s an easy goal. I went from the parking lot to the peak in just over two hours yesterday.
Some corrections (with respect) of misleading details I noted in other reviews here: it is actually quite easy to miss the waterfall because it doesn’t exist in late summer/early fall; it’s only about 3700 feet of climbing total and there are no descents on the way in; it is not difficult to get to the top and it is not an unpopular hike- quite the contrary, you will see lots of people here on any decent day; there is plenty of water along this trail even in late summer, albeit from small streams (what else would it be from, a water fountain?); and that is not what I would call a small parking lot!
Keep in mind that the first half or so of this trail (the switchback section) is under deep forest cover and is about as monotonous as Mt Si. Don’t let that stop you. Go on up at least as far as the top of the switchbacks to where you can look across at Big Four. After that you will see more frequent glimpses of the amazing scene to come, which will propel you the rest of the way up. You won’t regret it. Oh, and one other thing: in season there are gobs of good berries on the upper section. Enjoy.
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