Glacier View Trail (#267) is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, WA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
From Tacoma, south 40 miles on Highway 7 to Elbe. Turn east on Highway 706 and continue 3 miles east of Ashford and turn left (north) onto Copper Creek Road (Forest Service Road 59). Continue 8.2 miles up this road to the trailhead, taking left at 2.8 miles, straight at 4.3 miles, and straight at 7 miles from SR 706,
Great hike, not too rocky, great view. Outside the park so you can bring your dog. First part is a little overgrown now. I tracked the miles to the summit with a different app and it clocked 6.2 so it's more than 4 miles. Also if you go back to the fork and take a right it's another mile ish to a lake.
Still lots of snow in July. Be prepared for unpredictable weather as well. Solid hike.
We recently snowshoed from the trailhead at Paradise Lodge, what an amazing experience. The views of the mountain, Nisqually glacier, and the valley below were amazing. Absolutely a must do if you are in the area.
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If your looking for something off the beaten track this one is great. we went on a cloudy day so unfortunately we didn't get a good view but the hike was great, lots of very beautiful old growth and the drive was fantastic. Also the road wasn't bad considering we took a PT cruiser.
It might seem discouraging at first going ~20 mph for 8.5 miles on a very rough dirt road to reach the parking area-however you won't regret it. It's a great trail with a rewarding view!
Overall, this is a great hike! Not overly challenging and the view at the top is great!! Only saw a few other hikers so it felt like we were alone, which was nice. The only downside to this hike is the drive up to the trailhead after getting off the highway (long and very bumpy)
Beautifu well maintained trails with breath taking views at the top. 9 mile drive down a gravel forest road full of pot holes took about 30 minutes at 20 mph. Forrest service roads not marked.
Sunday 7-27-2014: My wife and I hiked to Glacier View on sunny Sunday. We missed the turnoff from SR 706 because my Garmin GPS did not have FR 59 on the map. We turned around and found FR 59. The forest road was rough at places, but we drove Subaru Forester and had no problem. We arrived at the trailhead around 11:30 and the parking lot was nearly full. Wildflowers were blooming, penstemons, paintbrushes, lupines, tiger lilies, avalanche lilies, etc. Weather was mostly sunny and warm. The trail was in good condition. The view of Mount Rainier was great. Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Baker were visible. Everything was good except there were so many bugs, mosquitoes, deer flies, and bees. Mosquitoes were especially bad. We used bug spray, but it was not enough. We both had many mosquito bites.
Amazing views of Rainier, Adams, and St Helen's on a clear day. The trail is slightly over grown in sections but overall a great short little hike. 3 miles round trip once you make the trailhead.
Pretty steep for the first 3/4 mile. Well worth it once you get to the top saw 3 mountains.
A little snow on the way. Took 3 hours. Round trip
There's a parking area right by the trail head, but the dirt road getting there is pretty rough. Pretty sizeable ruts in the road which make it a slow slog in cars with less than 12in ground clearance. After about 45 min of creeping along, i found a place to park my car and walked on the road until i got to the trail head. Beautiful vistas along the road and walking to the trail head added a mile or so to the hike as well.
This provides a fabulous view of the west side of Rainier on the approach and at the end of the trail. In between, lots of trees, some wildflowers. A nice forest hike for a hot day, but not too interesting until the end where the view is spectacular.
A trail with views on the approach road, and a terrific view (not just of Mt Rainier) at the end. The approach road (FS 59) can be a bit rough, particularly at the lower end. Usually not too much traffic! The trail is about 5 miles (round-trip), takes 2 to 3 hours.