Very nice view for such a short hike! We went in the late fall and it was already nice and blustery cold at the top. There are some fun mountain roads in the area if you like to jeep. I would say the hike is appropriately ranked as moderate- but it can be a bit more difficult in the rain. It was a fun scramble up to the top...we'll probably go again but with better weather..
I've done the Lake Christine Trail several times and decided to come in from the other direction (never done the 267). Started out at #267 TH and went right to the 249/248 junction and followed 249 to Lake Christine. This trail is listed as moderate but actually is somewhere between moderate and easy. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. To get to the TH follow FS59 to the top of the ridge (beautiful view of Mt Rainier) and follow it around the bluff to the right to the end, TH is on right and well marked, if you turn right before the bluff you will encounter a road that has numerous washouts and will challenge any high clearance/4WD vehicles, anything else will get stuck. I have always loved this area for it's beauty and solitude. During warm weather you need bug juice, but today the temp was high 30's to mid 40's, so very few bugs.
I went on 8-16-16. You must pick a day where it is going to be sunny or it's not worth the long drive. The directions of WA trails website make it easy to find. One tip.,, when you get ready to turn on 84 country road it is marked with an orange snow pole. The road comes right after you see the road with a closed gate. Another tip... Track your mileage as you turn on the last roads. What is listed on the WA site is completely correct, which helped make sure you didn't miss turn off. All the posts are correct to say that the last 9 miles to the trailhead are tough and slow due to potholes. The trail was well marked and easy to navigate. The view makes it worth it. If I made time I would have done Cora Lake. It's along the same road 84, just different turn off. Go early on nice days.
A really good hike trail that is easy to navigate. It will push you if you are not accustomed to hiking on a regular basis.
Unfortunately due to weather conditions, we could not get a glimpse of the awesome sights we read about. Quite spooky looking over the edge. However, the lookout building is neat to look at.
We hiked this trail today. Absolutely gorgeous! We could see all the surrounding Mountains. Lots of Horse Flys! Few trees down across the trail. And some Jack-hole used the lookout tower to make a #2. Seriously? Road coming in has many potholes, but saw people make it up in Honda civics and even a Mercedes.
This is a very beautiful hike. The road up has tons of potholes, I suggest driving a small SUV or something bigger up. I used my Volkswagen Rabbit and made it but it took some time and well planned driving around the potholes. A lower car might not make it. The trail is very well maintained and the is almost no garbage the whole trail. We only saw about ten people the whole time up there. For the 1.6 miles up there is a very decent climb in elevation (1,309 feet) and if you are out of shape this is an amazing workout. For the last bit up to the look out you need to be pretty careful, i would not suggest small children or clumsy people climbing to the lookout as the rocks can be slippery. The view from the top is one of the most rewarding views i have ever seen. I hope you all Enjoy the trek to the top!
This is a must see for everyone. It's beautiful. Try to go on a very clear day. You can see every mountain in the area and even hints of Puget Sound if your lucky. Very steep but short. Warning: NOT for small children or pets whom are clumsy. This hike can be very dangerous if you have littles running around. May be challenging for someone afraid of heights but worth the push through if able.