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hiking
1 day 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 :)

We hiked this for the first time a few weeks ago and it was BEAUTIFUL. I mean breathtaking. Not a tough hike and any spots that were a little tough were made worth it by the views. Watch out for the wasps nest at the beginning of the hike though, I got stung. Not fun. Trail is well kept up. Not a ton of bugs. A little chilly if it’s not sunny.

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.

Fantastic family hike. We loved that it was a loop trail instead of the typical out and back that most hikes are. We recommend that you take the trail clockwise, especially if you are taking kids. Clockwise seems to have more upfront things to look at, while counterclockwise starts out with about a mile of forest views that are serene, but not as engaging as the falls and rapids you get going clockwise. Overall a truly enjoyable outing for our whole family.

too much road noise

hiking
6 days ago

We attended to reach Camp Muir, Mt Rainier on August 26th, 2018 from from the base at Paradise at 5400’. We started on the Skyline trail around 9:00 am and went via Panorama Point and all the way to Pebble Creek Trail. The views of the mountain are just amazing. The hike was snow free until we reached above 7200’. On the way we met one of the volunteer rangers who un warned that thunderstorms may be coming in late afternoon. We continue our hike on the snow a little late in the day and we made it all the way to above 8500’. At this point was already passed 3:00pm and we decided to turn back. It’s a considered a strenuous hike, but doing it is way harder than that. I’ll be back to finish this hike soon! Manny

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome

It can be a minor challenge to find the trailhead and getting past all of those switchbacks may pose more than a minor for some cars and those in a rush. Go early. once you start the hike and you clear the forest, you reach an open area. From this stretch you come face to face with Mount Baker. a little further up and you have a spectacular view of Mount Shuksan and the rest of the peaks in the range. The long sloping hills make it seem something out of a postcard of Switzerland. strongly recommend!

I started at 8.30am at the parking lot and by the time I got to the snow section at 10am, it was still firm. On my way down at 11am-ish it had soften quite a bit. I wore micro spikes up, but when I was coming down I saw some people successful walk up with out micro spikes. Though if you have it, might as well bring it.

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.

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

Gorgeous along the way to the top! Snow got really soft so hard to glissade, but still a lot of snow!

Amazing view and hike! Last 2 miles are very brutal even for an experienced hiker like me. There isn’t much snow up there and that’s why it’s more steep.

Easy trail with enormous trees. Mostly flat area.

Hiked on 7/27/2018

Nice hike.

The dust was bit out of control!

I love Diablo Lake, gazing at that water will give you sweet dreams. This hike was well worth the two year wait.

Pretty hike. Went in the late afternoon and no one was on the trail.

hiking
12 days ago

amazing! easy hike, beautiful views. had a picnic and brought our fly fishing poles. fishing is great also. we recommend when u start the trail go right....save the best for last. :)

hiking
12 days ago

just love it worth the hike

Considerably easy and short. Beautiful views. Depending on vehicle, you may want to walk the last .5 mike to the trailhead.

What an epic journey. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. Brought the right gear, pretty much poles and crampons. It’s sure is a butt kicker but so much fun and the views were breathtaking.

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

Great experience

hiking
14 days ago

Took the dogs to the meadow clearing to hopefully have great scenic views, however there was a cloud rolling from the west to east that obscured the entire ridge line so no scenic view of Baker or Shuksan. Overall was very enjoyable and would have been five stars if the weather cooperated and if the trail wasn’t as crowded. There were a lot of people today.

walking
14 days ago

Super short and accessible trail. You can park on the side of the road and make the trip around the lake in about 10 minutes! Fully paved, and there’s benches to sit at the good view points. Just be sure not to step off the pavement, as the landscape is fragile and still healing.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful and not very hard

hiking
14 days ago

Stunning waterfall and great views of Rainier.

Spectacular views the whole hike! We could even see Mt Baker today. The parking lot was nearly full when we arrived at 9:45. The drive to the trailhead is 7.5 miles. on a rough, narrow gravel road with many potholes. The potholes the last 1/4 mi. are huge, but we managed to make it in our Prius after watching some others navigate them first. There is a spot for 2 or 3 cars to park before the potholes. There is as pit toilet at the trailhead.
This is my favorite hike because of the sweeping views of the Cascades, river, and valley below. My Gaia app calculated this hike at 3.3 miles r.t.

on Icicle Gorge Trail

hiking
14 days ago

We were only passing through Levenworth for less than 24 hours but wanted to experience a hike. This trail was easy to access and great for kids. Mine were not up for a strenuous hike that day but we loved the scenery and enjoyed the water on our toes in a few spots. Was not difficult so if your looking for a challenge, this is not it! But it fulfilled what we were looking for that day and it was very pretty!

This hike is amazing! Stunning views the whole way! The trailhead is located at the mowich lake campground. Just keep walking past the Tolmie peak trailhead. Enjoy!

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.

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