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14 hours ago

Beautiful hike! Great access road all the way to trailhead.

can only get to about 1.5 miles from the trailhead with four-wheel drive there is quite a bit of icy packed snow. went on a really beautiful day and was not disappointed by the views just a little bummed that I didn't get to complete the hike

We loved this hike today. I wish we could have finished it, but after the first few miles it got too icy to attempt in just hiking boots, so we didn’t make it to Comet Falls. The part we did was beautiful and we’d like to go back with the proper equipment. The is some snow on the trail but it would be passable if not for the ice toward the top.

hiking
6 days ago

Great today! The trail is packed snow from 1/2 way up to the top. Micospikes were needed and used most of the day. Get out there! Four more day of sun!!

Am I the only one who thinks this a little more difficult than “moderate”? Lol
All in all, a great little mountain to get in a quick workout. There are a number of ways to get to the “summit”. I found the Cal Magnusson trail to be the most challenging. Going up from the lot on Mud Mt. road will give you a little bit more distance.

Attempted this on the weekend. The access road is in very bad condition. Its about 4 miles of potholes and large rocks. I didn’t make it to the top and had to turn around. Perhaps I’m a big baby when it comes to rough roads, but this seems absurdly bad. Make sure your tires are full and you carry a spare tire before accessing. If you have a low vehicle, don’t go.

First half of the trail has a marked path and is cleared fairly well. Once it splits the trail can get muddy and narrow in points, but we were hiking in november. There's definitely a few wet areas to cross so need to make good shoe decisions if you plan on hiking off season. The final creek crossing before the falls has a tree to crawl over or a 1' deep swift, cold, fast moving wet path - took our shoes off and carried the 7 year old over and let the 10 year old crawl the tree.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked Bandera and Mason Lake. Intermittent snow starts at 3000' and is 1-2 ft deep near the summit. Suggest spikes/gators/poles. Took our time through the boulder section since coverage is not great. Grey today but nice winter views

Beautiful hike with well-maintained trails. Signage to Cerry Creek Falls now well posted. The falls are worth the hike, in any weather.

The falls are truly a hidden gem! Great hike for kids. I’ve taken my 4 year old twice this year, once during summer and the falls didn’t have much water but still made for a perfect picnic lunch spot. And once this weekend, which after the rain it was a tad muddy however the falls were roaring and gorgeous! We even saw some salmon In the pond!

great waterfall.

Beautiful trail in excellent condition (and this is on November 19th) with a gentle, steady incline. Yes, most of the trail is in the deep forest with very little underbrush. We shared the trail with only several elk. If serenity is your thing, this trail is for you! The viewpoint is lovely, with views toward Chinook Pass.

Got to the trailhead at 845 and a ton of parking spots were open on a Sunday. No snow as of yet at the top. View of Rainier is my favorite out of all the hikes along I-90

Nice short hike (about 4 miles round trip). Fairly easy, but does have a bit of a climb near the end. Got there around 9am on a Sunday and only saw a few other people. Parking lot and gravel trail leading to the trailhead was getting busy by the time I was leaving though. Nice alternative to rattlesnake with waaay less people.

We hiked the road up and the trails down. There was a decent view along the way since the leaves are sparse on the trees. Mount Rainier is in the distance. There are benches at the top but not a view because of dense trees. This would be a good jogging trail. It’s steep and rocky towards the top. Really nice, clean and new trailhead with two bathrooms.

This was a nice local hike. Not much in the way of views for water, but nice trees and clean air. This time of year most of the trees are off of the leaves so you can see into the forest. I would suggest taking any of the trails off to the left of the gravel road – they all lead to the same place at the top. We clocked 3.6 miles round trip with 1560 elevation gain.

Fun trail with interesting sights along the way. There is some mud and a point where you either have to ford a creek or walk over a fallen tree, so go for waterproof footwear if possible. The end with the falls are gorgeous in autumn and you can view it both from the bottom and get right up to the top. We brought our pup and he had great time, but smaller or older dogs may not be equipped to complete the entire loop.

Relatively flat, wide gravel trail. Nice waterfall area at the end. Mostly smaller growth trees in the beginning.

Convenient to Duvall.

11/10/18

We got to the trail around 10AM and we didn't see another person the entire time, until we were almost back to the car. It ended up being a beautiful, sunny day and the views were amazing. Well worth the trek up.

As another person said, it's pretty easy to miss the sign that says trail. As soon as you walk out of the trees, there's a great opening to see Mt. Rainier and it's easy to get distracted and miss the small sign. Be sure to look behind you as you probably passed it. There is another trail if you continue walking straight, but from what I read, it's a bit more of a scramble.

The trail was pretty narrow the entire way and there was already a light layer of snow. It was manageable without micro spike but there were a few slippery moments. As soon as you're out of the trees and start the switchbacks, that's where you feel the gain. It wasn't terrible, but I did have to take a few short breaks here and there (I'd say I'm about an average hiker). The closer we got to the top, the more snow started to appear. Probably a few inches already. I'd suggest when going down to at least have spikes or hiking poles, but that's me personally.

Road conditions - there was already snow on the road and there were a few moments, mostly going downhill, that we slid a little bit. The road itself wasn't bad and parts of the drive were a bit exposed, so take your time.

Google maps had us make a right turn about 6-8 miles(ish) (once we were on the dirt road) which had a pretty big pot hole, but it's not actually a road. It dead ends into woods a couple hundred feet up. Keep to the left/straight and it will meet up again with the road google tries to tell you to take. The parking lot to the trailhead isn't very big at all and you see a trail sign but there's no name to it.

Cal Magnus trail - is a good conditioning hike for other hikes. It is frequently used and everyone is very friendly. However, another hiker told me a while back a cougar was spoted. Some parts of the trail are very narrow. One area is a little tricky and a cable is provided.

Good well kept trail, first 2/3 is easy, well maintained path. Last night is a bit tougher and can get quite sloppy with heavy rains. Keeping to the left Allows for extension along older Logging roads. The last turn to the cause it’s not super obvious. Fun day 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.

Did this hike on 10/20 just before they closed the road to Sunrise. I think this is now my favorite hike to date. The trail was very well maintained and easy to follow. It does have quite a bit of gain, especially going to third burrough but it's definitely worth all the blood, sweat and tears! (ok maybe no blood). I loved that the terrain was so different, not at all what I expected, being so close/in the mountains. I believe there was a sign saying it was similar to the Tundra landscape. Either way, bring lots of water as there are no places to re-fill, hat, sunscreen (depending on when you go) because there is NO shade, poles and food. It took us about 6 hours with lots of breaks and PLENTY of stops for pictures.

This is always my go to trail to just get away from people. You'll maybe see 6 or so people the entire trip. Lots of places to camp and plenty is space between camp sites giving you the solitude you want!

Really enjoyed this moderate, well groomed climb. No one else on the trail today. Nice views and just hard enough to regret running for a bit.

Nice area. You need a discovery pass (so if you’re out of state like us get it before arriving).

For the Talus rock trail we went ‘right’ at the trail sign which means we ended up climbing almost 1,100 feet (according to my Apple Watch) but the way down was way easier. I can’t imagining going down the way we went up since the rocks were damp of rain earlier in the day. Climbing poles might be a good thing.

It was quiet on a Wednesday afternoon. Only saw 6 people which was fine by us.

Pit toilets. Bring hand sanitizer or wipes.

I want to go back and try some other trails but we were limited on time today.

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.

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