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hiking
10 days ago

Hiked this trail late August; Weather wasn't great - Cloudy all around and did not get a good view from the summit. Nevertheless meadow section was great and was a good hike

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked this trail in early October 2018 on a day with very bad weather conditions. We had no views because there was fog everywhere around us. But we loved it anyways! It wasn’t crowed (due to the time of the year and the weather I guess) and we enjoyed to be alone on the trail. It’s definitely strenuous but totally doable. We even had the chance to spot marmots on our way and the fall colors were amazing. Totally recommend it - if we‘re ever going back to Mt. Rainier, we hope to hike it again in better conditions.

This was my First Hike Ever! Absolutely Gorgeous! Fell in Love with hiking to the point I decided to permanently moving to Washington. The path is spectacular with a variety of of stone paths and wooden stairs. Wooden bridge is a bit narrow only one direction of traffic at a time.

Breathe taking views, especially at the sunset, late December trail was messy and slippery

I’m a rookie at trails and enjoyed this.

21 days ago

I’m an avid PNW hiker, and I can honestly say that there’s nothing else quite like this. The first part is paved and I was so disheartened by the mobs of tourists... after a mile or so once the trail gets steeper, things calm down. Despite its busyness and my preference for solitude, I still feel that this was my best hike of 2018. It was worth every single step. I adore this hike!!

EPIC view! You have to check it out if visiting.

on Cape Flattery Trail

1 month ago

beautiful, although short. make sure to get your visitors permit (the gas station sells it) as you can't buy it at the trailhead.

My dog and I walk/run the Going-to-the-Sun Road once it's the off-season and it's perfect. It's beautiful and quiet and very few cars go by. Once the roads are closed to traffic dogs are not allowed on them though. When it's completely covered in snow it's a great place to Snowshoe or cross-country ski.

Some of the best views I've ever witnessed. The view when you have Mount Rainier to your back around Panorama Point is the best view on the trail but there's also a beautiful waterfall. Highly recommended!

hiking
1 month ago

Short (2 miles round trip), well maintained trail. I would call this family friendly (472 feet of elevation gain). Plenty of opportunities to stop and rest (and take pictures) on the way up. The views of the lake and Wizard Island were great.

on Skyline Trail

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I drove from Olympic NP in the morning (after spending the week there) to do this hike before catching the red eye out of SEA and we are so glad we did. Amazing scenery with lots of wildlife (we counted 17 marmots) and wildflowers (past peak but there we still some stragglers). Since it was later in the afternoon it was actually pretty quiet and secluded once you got away from the crowds at the visitor center. One of our favorite hikes of the week.

2 months ago

Great views of the lake

loved it

hiking
2 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. I went with a large group of CrossFit folks. The ones leading were pretty competitive, so the pace wasn’t great. I’ll set the pace next time and try it clockwise for something different. Also doing it in October, you miss the beautiful wildflowers.

This is a quick, short trail with high return with the trail ending w 360 panoramic views of crater lake!

This trail was recommended to us by the park ranger. Unlike a lot of the trails, it goes down to the lake where you can take a dip. We didn’t as it was too cold but it looks refreshing for warmer days. It was a nice short hike but somewhat of a challenge going back up. Doable for all!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Did it in mid October on a weekday, so there were very few people there. Yes, it is all uphill all the way to the top, but take your time and enjoy the views from every angle. It's a fairly steady climb and there is no scrambling. Well worth your time.

hiking
2 months ago

Hike with fantastic and unbeatable views - Rainer, to the south (Cascades, Adams), waterfalls. Didn’t the hike in 2.5 hours, with a bit of time spent on photos. Went through 0.5L of water. Plan on 1L at least. Very doable in a short period of time. Colors are past peak, but still quite nice. Only about 10 cars at Paradise when I arrived at 9am (Monday)

walking
2 months ago

This short little path was rather popular with the tourists on the day that I visited. But the nice view at the end was worth putting up with the crowds.

hiking
2 months ago

Great, short hike. It’s a workout, but you are rewarded with terrific views. The lake is incredibly beautiful!

I was not in shape to do this hike, but I'm glad I did. Spectacular views of Mt. St. Helens!

This was my 2nd hike ever, loved the bridges and stone stairs. Absolutely gorgeous

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike! If you go clockwise, you’ll start with a pretty brutal climb that pays in beautiful Rainier views early on. Lots of stairs and rocky ground after the pavement is done so recommend good boots.

Lower Skyline across the snow field has a VERY steep decline. We made it across but wished we’d had ice cleats or something as we slid on the hill a bunch.

Last mile has fall colors to die for and waterfalls galore! If you’re not up for the full loop, recommend going counterclockwise to see the colors!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views. Ascent is rapid but the trail is short.

3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Take the side trail to Myrtle Falls, and be sure to download directions for offline use ahead of time. No service, and the park is huge and easy to get turned around in.

Worth the

Breathtaking views!! Pretty strenuous if unused to the altitude.

Great view of the lake and wildlife

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