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Great trail for a quick hike that isn’t too challenging. Nice wide trails with lots of mulch for even stepping. The only downside is it is very confusing with all the turns and it’s easy to get disoriented. I highly recommend taking a picture of the map at the trail entrance.

backpacking
1 day ago

spent the night no snow yet

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful views as you climb to lake, lake is worth the hike uphill, good hike for anyone

This was a great trail. There was only a little snow in some spots, and we only saw only one other person. The waterfalls were spectacular!

Absolutely beautiful!

Hiked this on December 1, 2018. Beautiful hike and gradual incline leading up to a gorgeous view.

Did this hike a while back. Did not disappoint, very beautiful.

A moderate hike with waterfalls, views of the valley, and a lake. We went in November and there was little snow. You'll have to go later in the season for consistent snow. It was very cold at the top though! And a bit slick...

Hiked this trail about 10days ago. Largely clear of snow but icy parts around the top of the pass so microspikes or poles would be helpful. The lake was not frozen over when we visited but I suspect it will be soon.
Lovely scenery along the way with the waterfalls. Was perfect for a sunny November day.

Went at the end of November with a group. Would be slippery and more challenging in heavy rain, but today's light drizzle didn't cause any issues. We did have water running down the trail, so our shoes did get wet but not soaking wet. Beautiful trail, lightly traveled this time of year.

hiking
20 days ago

beautiful area, hiked along the ridges up above and down at the end of the lake. Looks like a good camping area. The forrest road was very washboard rough and long when I visited late in the summer. The trail is easy to navigate and the forrest around the lake is gorgeous. There are vaulted toilets here that can get pretty stinky and when I went there was a designated hiking parking area next to the trailhead. I did this trail on a whim because the trail I originally planned to do (horseshoe lake) was closed due to a recent fire. so I got a late start and didnt end of finishing this hike till close to dark time. Saw plenty of people hiking this area and heard plenty of people camping at the lake. Visited 2018.

Stayed overnight, no snow yet, bathrooms are locked.

Beautiful hike despite winter storm warning. Lots of water running down the trail but the sun was shining when we arrived at the lake and just a brushing of snow on the mountain peak up above the lake.

Beautiful trail, but very easy to get lost in. Definitely recommend bringing a buddy and/or a map. Once you get deep inside, it is very difficult to find your way out. On the plus side of getting lost, you see more of this beautiful park!

Tougher climb than expected but the end result was beautiful. The lake is rather low this time of year but it was cool to see everything beneath normal water level. The switchbacks were killer. Rough terrain so watch out for loose rocks, water in some areas and stumps. Had the whole place to ourselves once we reached the top.

hiking
28 days ago

This is a great hike. I went yesterday with my husband, our 7 year old and 3 year old and a couple friends. The drive up is pretty rough for about 5-6 miles. You will need a vehicle with good ground clearance or take the drive up very slow. The trail was very Icey in some parts. We ended up busting our butts on the trail a couple times. If you are taking a little one this time of year, I recommend putting them in a hiking carrier. Beautiful views from the trail and definitely an incline on the way up. We were feeling the burn. Snow and ice on parts of the trail and at the top. The view of Summit Lake was beautiful. The lake is so clear. The hike was worth it just to see the scenic view from the overlook and to see the lake. It was breathtaking. This wasn't a very busy trail. We saw only a couple people during our hike an this was during the morning to afternoon.

hiking
29 days ago

High clearance and decent tires are your safest bet getting to the TH, I made it in my Chevy Cruze though, so make good judgment calls before heading to this trail. Beautiful day on the trail and amazing views at the lake and above! Compact snow is very icy!

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning hike! Highly recommend. The drive up is pretty rough but it’s worth it.

Very scenic trail. Need good hiking shoes preferably waterproof. Cold at the top in November!

hiked this trail daily when I lived in town, nice quite trail with many trails

hiking
1 month ago

So amazing! Lake was clear and gorgeous! View of mountain was breathtaking! Already thinking about going again.

The Lake was so beautiful and not much traffic. Hike was not bad but too windy at the top. The fall colors are gone :( Still an awesome hike with many falls creek running along for most part of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike with an amazing view of Mt Rainier at the peak.

However, the main road to the trailhead is closed for the season. We did not know this. So it was an additional 5 miles from the parking lot to trailhead.

All in all an extra 10 miles, but it was worth it.

was little steep and was raining for new bees like myself would have taken hiking poles.

hiking
1 month ago

10/19 (Fri midday): Picture perfect views at the peak and all along the way. We had a clear, sunny, warm autumn day with no wind. Not one, but two clear blue lakes along a mostly flat trail to a short, steep climb to the peak/fire lookout and stunning Mt Rainier looming super large, so close you could almost touch. Big wow for my east coast guests. Popular hike but not overrun. All mountain hikes I know require driving a long gravel road like this route in, so not sure why everyone is so freaked out by it? Road is in great shape and well maintained, as you would expect with a back road in any National Park. Handled it in a rented Impala no problemo.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this during the summer and it was definitely worth it. The views when you get on top are awesome! Before you get back to your car, stop by Mowich Lake and check it out.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail in mid October on a foggy-turned-sunny day with a couple friends. The views were spectacular. Mt. Rainier consumes half your view when you get to the top and St. Helens is off to the west. The hike was really easy and fast so it's a great hike for a half day instead of a full day. Also, the dirt road leading to the trail is long but wide and well kept. I took my Ford Fusion up it at 25 mph no problems.

hiking
1 month ago

A must do hike if you live in Washington or Seattle! Great views of greenish blue lakes break up the hike on the way up. Not a super long hike - once you hit Eunice lake, it gets steeper but not long to the top. Amazing view from the peak of Mount Rainier! Drive in gets bumpy about 45+ minutes from trail head.

Easy trail to access. It’s also very well maintained!

When we got to the lake it was nice and sunny, but not much longer when we got to the peak the fog had come up so fast we - couldn’t see anything

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