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This is one of the best hikes in this area - and probably the best day hike. We did this along with Stuart Lake and the mountain views and the water color were breathtaking

All I can say is that this hike was incredible! We woke up at 2am from seattle and got to the trailhead around 4am to get to the lookout for sunrise. The trail is moderate but opens out onto this plain and then the trail is steep and a little rocky up to the lookout. We got to the top right at sunrise and it was gorgeous!!

Teaser views of the summit along the way, as well as various smaller waterfalls, before reaching Comet Falls. Continue past the falls to Mildred Point for a great view of Rainier, glaciers/glacial streams, and the upper valleys. Well worth the visit! Best visited in late summer/early fall when the snow has melted in the upper valleys.

Gorgeous Seattle woods. Easy trail, lovely waterfall

This is one really tall waterfall. Using a trekking pole was helpful on the way down to keep my 50-year-old knees from getting sore. If you are short on time or stamina, the view from the bridge ABOVE Christine Falls is very worthwhile and about 10 minutes from the trail head.

so gorgeous!

When you can’t see the mountain, this hike is a nice alternative. Beautiful falls, and a moderate - easy hike. There are a lot of switchbacks and very poor signage so it can be very tiring if you don’t know where you’re going, and continue past the falls to the meadows area. Saw lots of kids on the trail, so it is very family friendly

Not much of a ghost town, but the hike was pretty easy. Option to go short or long distance.

One of my favorite hikes in the PNW. It's a very popular trail, so get there early. Leave yourself at least 5 hours to complete the trail, but give yourself more time if you want to stay at the lake for a bit. Try to go on a sunny day as the water looks a brighter shade of blue in the sunlight.

This is an amazing hike worth every step. I highly recommend this trail.

backpacking
6 days ago

The very beginning 15 minuets where the toughest as we were also carrying heavy overnight backpacks. But the rest of the trail was very easy and beautiful.

Great pay off once at Comet falls with teaser falls along the way. Probably best in spring with more water and wild flowers. Not too strenuous. Really enjoyed it.

The waterfall at the end made it well worth it!

Great hike, not a lot of parking. the falls were awesome.

Fun short hike! Brought my puppy to explore the outdoors and socialize him with kids! It was good to see so many kids out with parents!

Awesome hike! Beautiful views from the top!

We loved this hike! Moderately trafficked, but parking is minimal. Nice steady incline to keep heart rate up. Beautiful hike even when cloudy, though I can only imagine what this would be like with a clear sky! The falls and the meadow are gorgeous. Took us 3 hours to Van Trump and back with a snack break.

Absolutely breath-taking. An easy but fulfilling trail through ancient forests. Suitable for all ages and skill-levels.

Best view of Mount Rainer from the fire lookout. Took 1.5 hours to get there and 1.5 hour to come back.

Easy trail with enormous trees. Mostly flat area.

Great trek. Expect it to get unexpectedly chilly at times. Seeing the fire lookout is well worth it.

Off of this loop trail you can also get to Grove of the Patriarchs and Ohanapecosh Springs. They are all interconnected trails. There is day use parking and toilets at the visitor center near Ohanapecosh Springs if you want facilities.

hiking
15 days ago

Incline don’t miss leg day. Breath taking worth the hike.

Awesome hike! Arrived at parking lot around 8:30 and it was 95% full. Started out on the trail around 8:45. They need one of those jumping deer signs as we scared up a couple of deer and they jumped! Watch out for the tree roots that seem to be alive. We stopped counting the number of times we tripped. The lake is gorgeous. The hike was tough (we are in our mid 50s), but very doable. We were out about 4 1/2 hours with a 30 minute break at the lake and picture breaks along the way.

We were driving back from the Gorge on Labor Day weekend. We wanted to take advantage of the holiday and do a "less strenuous" hike as we had a long weekend. This was perfect. The views are unbelievable and you get a wide variety of forest, mountains, lakes, huckleberry patches, and wildlife. Other hikers were able to spot a bear. The path was fairly easy going and there was not any need for advanced hiking equipment. The elevation was roughly 600 feet through the loop. We hiked with another couple and took the clockwise approach which yielded stunning views of Dewey Lake and Mount Ranier. Next time we will try the counter-clockwise route. Be sure to check out Wapiti Wollie on the way out...

Short, easy hike with beautiful views the entire way. the only downside was the crowds of people but it was worth it to see the waterfall.

A easy one but, get early, after 9 or 10am is heavy traffic. Is beatiful and couple really nice spots!

Perfect trail to stroll with the family. There's so many fun features like the little wood bridges, rock overhangs, hot springs, the waterfall itself with the neat rock formations that you can climb to get close to the water, etc. It was not busy at all at 10am, Labor Day.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a very easy hike, parking was easy to find and the waterfall was gorgeous during the summer. I’d recommend going during the week when it is less crowded. Regardless, it was a great experience!

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