Until the trail crossed Bear Creek the second time the trail was mostly made up of rocks that made for bad footing, after the crossing the trail was great. At 3,340 feet the trail forks, I headed left up the switchbacks. After this point the trail mostly goes through open territory with increasingly good views, Mount Rainier and many of the Snoqualmie Pass peaks slowly started emerging from behind the nearby ridges. The top of Bare mountain bears some resemblance to a small gravel parking lot, it must have been leveled off for the lookout (very little remains of the lookout). Among others the view from the top includes Baker, Glacier, Rainier, and the Paradise Lakes.
Trip type: hike
USGS quads: Grotto, Mount Phelps
In: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, North Fork Snoqualmie Drainage
Car-to-car time: 4 hours 42 minutes