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Outstanding weather today, started about 10 am & stopped at Burroughs Mtn #2 for lunch. Views of Rainier were in & out re top due to cloud cover, but still worth the trip! Does get cold up top, we had on every layer we owned, Polar fleece & puffy jackets, hats & head band for extra ear warmth.

Treck up some work, easy for experienced hikers. Take your time, soak in views! Including sheep, an eagle, and several annoying pica up top... Just an all around outstanding day!

hiking
3 days ago

Such a beautiful hike. The road was bumpy but definitely not as bad as we anticipated. Need good hiking shoes (not regular sneakers) as there are lots of rocky parts, tons of tree roots and some muddy parts as well. Started the trail at 8AM on a Monday and had the trail and the fire lookout completely to ourselves! Didn’t see anyone until we were on our way down. The view was stunning! Definitely recommend this hike!!

We did it last week in 3 days. Be ready for rain always on this hike. If you are prepared, it’s awesome! We had a late start, 2:45, and ended at O’neil with plenty of light - bear wire is in-op here so don’t count on it or bring twine or the recommended canister. Tip - there is no privy at Pytrites. At least at O’Neil you have some cover and a place to go without digging or being rained on. Enchanted Valley is great, we were mid-week so it was not crowded. No wild life presented itself besides the slug eating beetles. But, the waterfalls are going off! Take time to explore here. We explored, opting to hike out in one day. It’s 13-14 miles to punch out but easy ups/downs make it not too bad. I do train outside of hiking to do this. I am well over 50 and got my but kicked in the past trying to hike when out of shape. Stay strong!

hiking
4 days ago

Absolutely worth the hike to get the awesome view up at the fire tower! Definitely feels longer than you might think at times. Bring some food to replenish & plenty of water. Had no issues with parking or bugs when I went over labor day weekend 2018 - arrived around 9:30am. We spent our time after the hike over at Mowich lake for the rest of the afternoon. Great way to relax and enjoy your accomplishment.

left pre-dawn, complete down pour of rain!! Rain turned to snow just before Summerland shelter. Within the next 1/2 mile, trail turned into its own waterfall (water mixed with slush). turned around shy of Pan Handle, wet/slushy/freezing rocks way to slick (I was running). Beautiful day!! Snow mixed with fall color and hazy skies, awesome!!!

hiking
6 days ago

Did a beautiful, but cold sunrise hike to First and Second Burroughs on 8/25/18. It was WAY too windy and cold to continue to Third Burroughs. I’ll definitely have to make it the next time :)

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail. Road to the trail head is very bumpy, but I was able to make it up there with a VW Jetta. Easy first mile, the last mile and three quarters is definitely a climb.

September 2018. We split the hike into four days to take it easy. First night we camped at O’Neil Creek but I wish we had pushed on to Pyrites. Second night we walked right past the Enchanted Valley and camped about another mile up the trail. The valley floor itself was just crowded and brushy and not very pretty. The views there were nice but all the camping spots were far from the river or wet and grassy with little cover. Overall it was a nice hike and my first time in a temperate rainforest. I wasn’t lucky enough to see any bears or elk. Any problem addressed in older reviews about downed trees blocking the trail are no longer valid. The trail is free of obstacles and well maintained.

lots of people but great entry level backpacking

Hiked on September 14th, started from Parking lot at Sunrise. Started hiking around 9am, cold with light snow . Hiked to the 3rd mountain, which had much more snow, even lost the trail a couple times. Very peaceful and quiet with a beautiful view of glaciers. Not tough hiking at all, dress warm as the weather has changed on the Mountain. Total round trip with a lunch break on 2nd mountain (30 minutes) and several stops to take pictures was about 4hrs.

hiking
9 days ago

Wow what an amazing hike! The scenery from start to finish is beautiful, and the ending is definitely worth the effort, resulting in a superior view of Mount Rainier.

hiking
11 days ago

Stunning hike that starts by a lake. The first mile or so is extremely easy as you’re either walking on flat ground or heading down. The second half gets far more difficult with the elevation gain. Both lakes are beautiful but Eunice Lake is far more visible. Once you make it to Eunice Lake the trees open up and you can see the fire lookout perched on the mountain. The fire lookout itself is beautiful and has an amazing 360 degree view. My only complaint is the 16 mile gravel road that leads to the trailhead which feels like it will destroy your car. Also $30 for a week pass to the park is a little steep (when I highly doubt anyone goes for more than 1-2 days).

Stunning view from the fire watch tower! The drive up there is the worst part. It’s an hour of driving on gravel. It costs $30 since you’re in Rainier National Park so have cash or a check ready OR visit the ranger station. The lake is a nice way to cool off during the hike

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked to Lost Lake via Packwood Lake Trail #78 Sunday of Labor Day Weekend for an overnighter. 20 miles RT (counting a 4 mile RT to the Old Lookout above Lost Lake), with 4216ft elevation gain including Old Lookout that took 5hrs to Lost Lake.

As expected, the parking lot was packed and started a second parking row. Arrived and on the trail by 9am. Arrived at the Packwood Lake in 1.5 hrs, had a snack and continued on Packwood Lake Trail #78 UP 4 miles to Lost Lake. This section is step climbing approx. 2500 ft. Mosquito Lake is overgrown by brush and not really suitable to stay, however there is a nice campsite next to it. Afterward there is a nice meadow with the first views of the Goat Rocks. From there the Junction of Coyote Trail #79 is just ½ mile and Lost Lake is another ½ mile after that. I arrived at Lost Lake at 2:15pm.

I made camp, had lunch and left for a 2 mile side trip up to the Old Lookout site above Lost Lake. Left at 3:30 and arrived at 5pm. Beautiful. There is a 360 degree view including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, The Goat Rocks, Old Snowy and the White Pass ski lifts. Spent 30 minutes up there and headed back. Made it back by 6:30pm.

From the Old Lookout, down to Lost Lake and to the Junction of Coyote Trail #79 is part of the detour of the PCT around the Miriam Fire near White Pass.

Lost Lake had a lot of people, and some sites were open. There are at least 6 sites with lake access, maybe more. 2 were open. The water level at Lost Lake was VERY LOW, about 12-15 ft below years past. There are more camp sites available, however they don’t have lake access, but a seasonal stream is nearby. They are about ½ mile past the lake.

Going down the next day was quick and took 3.5 hrs vs 5 hrs going in. Tough hike after Packwood Lake but easy starting and finishing. Lost Lake is beautiful and a peaceful place to camp with no bugs this trip anyway. Well worth the effort!

Great loop to trail run. All of the hard elevation gain is in the first 4 miles or so. It’s a little more gradual for a mile after that, then it’s all downhill. Beautiful views of Mt. Rainier on a sunny day. Get an early start because there is not a lot of parking.

First hike ever. The ends justify the means. I almost gave up if 3rd of the way to the end, met some hikers that convinced me to keep going and wow was it worth it. Definitely recommend this hike

Really great loop and not too difficult. Spectacular views all around. You will see people on the trail, however we started around 10am on a weekday and it wasn’t too bad. Weekends recommend going early

backpacking
19 days ago

Great 2 night trip. Bugs were not a problem. Lots of other people around but there are plenty of campsites if you dont insist on being at the lake. Roads have a lot of washboard but if you drive a reasonable speed any car can handle them without issue.

hiking
19 days ago

Loved this hike! It's true, the road is rough, but shouldn't deter anyone who wants to reach this incredible outlook!

We arrived at the trailhead around 8am and had plenty of parking available. We spent a rejuvenating time at the top, taking in the spectacular panoramic view with not a cloud on the horizon. We were back to our truck by 11:45 am and were stunned by the parking mayhem!

No problems with bugs or critters! Advice... Get there early!

Absolutely beautiful hike, stunning views, difficult at times, even saw a black bear in the valley!

hiking
20 days ago

This trail was amazing. Once you reach the opening through the trees and can see the fire lookout, be sure to back track and find a path breaking into the field to work your way closer to the lake before the ascent to Tolmie Peak. It is 100% worth it!

This trek starts out relatively simple and only becomes more strenuous at the very end; however, the view of Mt. Rainier from Tolmie Peak is definitely worth it. Even if you wanted to slow down, the bees will keep you hustling to escape their buzzing roar. I in fact did get stung on the nose during the trek up so prepare yourself mentally before you set out—and this was in the AM. Have fun regardless!

Awesome sunrise spot. I started the hike at 5:15am and got to the fire lookout an hour later. No bugs during this time (or crowds), with beautiful lighting as the sky changes colors and the sun lights up Rainier. The 11 mile gravel road coming in sucks, but the hike and view are definitely worth it.

Loved this hike. Climbed all three Burroughs, and the third is worth the push. Don’t be deceived by the sign that says Burroughs Mountains Trail near the third Burrough path. I made the mistake of following it for 3/4 of a mile down. I then had to climb back out to get on the correct path. Just keep going up the next hill. I saw a mountain goat on my way up to the third Burrough. Epic views, and yes, feels like you can touch the glaciers.

Outstanding views, well worth the simple, short hike to get to the Fire Lookout at the top.
Just Do It!!

hiking
21 days ago

8/31/18
Incredible sweeping view of the west side of the mountain. Sunset was amazing. At least 4 camp spots near the top. King Boletes on the lower switchbacks made this an even more rewarding hike. I did it as a day hike and descended in the dark. See pics!

backpacking
21 days ago

I backpacked in, camped overnight and then back out the next day. This hike was 22 miles round trip to the top of the true ridge. There is no water source past Romana falls except a puddle that may dry up by the time you get there. About 40 minutes from the Yokum ridge split there’s a hornets nest. Just be mindful of it. The didn’t bother me but other hikers were stung. Beautiful view at the top. There is a trail that goes right that is super sketchy. There is a barely there trail to the left that i felt so much safer on but still a bit dangerous. Drop your large pack if you summit the ridge. Have fun!!

At a ranger's recommendation, did this clockwise for great views the whole way up. Perfect weather & clear skiesmeant it was definitely worth going to the 3rd Burroughs and spending some time enjoying the glacier views.

hiking
25 days ago

Such a magical hike with stunning views at the top. We hiked this trail on a moody day (read: mostly cloudy and misty) and it was still incredible to see Mt. Rainier and the surrounding mountains half concealed by clouds. Beautiful views of two lakes.

This hike is an easy one for anyone who is moderately fit - even for beginning hikers, this trail is definitely doable with a little bit of effort. My only complaint was the crowd at the top, but it's relatively easy to get away by taking a little side trail on the ridge of the Tolmie Peak. Still the same beautiful view with less people around (but more of a steep drop off the edge).

Returning to Tolmie peak.....after 45 years. Arrived @Mowich lake@5:30pm 8-18-018 with the intent to make it to Tolmie peak before sunset.Headed off on the trail @ north end of Mowich meeting many people on their way back down as I ascended up past Ipsut pass &on to Eunice lake where i stopped to photograph lake & then onward & UP ward towards my reward......awesome views of her MAJESTY the Queen of the Northwest.This less than a mile ascent from Enice lake to Tolmie peak look out is where our efforts reward BIG dividends.......multiple outstanding veiwpoints & opportunities for photographs.When arriving @ the lookout in the golden alpinglow.....the magical moments for photograpy, I capture the moment, recharge with a bite of food, dig my head lamp out of my pack & head back down @ dusk. This trail,once back into the forest canopy, has sections that require special care when hiking @ night due to areas of the trail with roots .....and areas of rock falls. But 2/3 of the trail is easily negotiated at night with good head lamp. Got back to Mowich @10:00......U FOR E A, will help me indure the miserable 15 miles down this dirt road &off this mountain.......which was a most memorable experience !

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