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Amazing views and had it all to myself!

Great views- good hike for kids to burn tons of energy! watch out for cliffs and stay close to kids.

Popular trail for all ages! Bring your camera and expect crowds/tourist.

amazing views and the falls are awesome!!!

@mathew Bostick- how do you know they’re not locals? You’d have to go everyday to that tourist attraction to decide wether or not they’re tourist. Are you from that trail? Born and raised on that trail?

great hike!!! loved it.
get there early there is very limited parking at the trail head.

This was a beautiful hike but definitely difficult. If you’re not a frequent exerciser in great shape, I’d say try something else. The incline was pretty intense with not a lot of flat area breaks. Not sure I’d say the view at the top was worth it but it was nice to look at.

I have done this hike on day. Which was very pretty but to capture the beauty one must go at sunrise. We ventured to mountain at 4 am arrived Park 5:45 and headed off we got to lookout probably 45 min to hour. It was very windy and cold when arrived lookout. We stayed up there till sunrise about 7:15 and headed down.

The stars were amazing, my rainier in the shadows was absolutely stunning of course we could not capture those pics with iPhone. Then the sunrise was stunning as it came up the reflection hitting Rainier was stunning!

I would hike to see the sunrise every year here. There was no clouds in

Great for a day hike. Views are rewarding. Fairly easy along the route. The lookout itself is at the end of the hike and looks nice from the ridge half a mile before the end of the hike. Amazing views of mount Rainier and a couple of its glaciers.

The road to Sunrise is supposed to be open for another week or two or until the first heavy snowfall. I didn't see any snow when I was there except for a light dusting on the Burroughs so the road should be good for another week or so! Definitely didn't need spikes or anything on the trail, but it's always good to pack them this time of year, just in case. Definitely dress for cold weather though. We did Fremont as a sunrise hike and made it to the lookout around 7am and it was easily below zero with the wind chill.

kids loved it :)

One of the best! Start getting into the snow near the top of comet falls, before Van Trump trail.

walking
12 days ago

Nice walk, small workout going back uphill. Had a picnic lunch on the rocks down at the river. Very nice.

Full of tourists.

hiking
15 days ago

To quote someone we met at the top of the trail, “This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.”

⬇️⬆️ straight down, then straight up. Sore legs tomorrow!

It was a nice view but just very crowded... Very.

Great hike! Very pretty and great views of Rainier and the area. Trail is on the side of the mountain.
Easy hike.

Amazing hike! Wonderful views saw some goats on the way up.

Did this hike last Wednesday under beautiful clear skies. Got to Sunrise around 8 and encountered stiff winds along the ridge to 1st and 2nd Burroughs. The descent into the valley connecting the 2nd and 3rd mountains loses around 350 feet, leaving a long, tough slog of 800+ feet in a mile up to the summit of the 3rd. The elevation plays a role as the approach is in the 7.5k ft. range so pace yourself. Views from the 3rd summit are stupid-good and humbling in their scope. I’ve living in the PNW for 30+ years and hiked at Rainier before; this hike made me feel guilty I hadn’t done more in this area before. Bring layers as most of this trail is completely exposed. Made it back to the Trailhead by noon just as the trail traffic was picking up heading back up the mountain.

love love loved this hike. I am active and prepared... those that are sight seeing this hike is harder. I did do this one with my 12 yr old son. views all the way along the trail. a lot uphill. well maintained trail though. fall colors spurt out through the entire hike! so much to see! overall, loved this hike more than any of the 7 mini and I have done this year!

Quite busy but good views.

Great hike overall but more difficult than I was lead to believe from various reviews on here. Previous reviews say the first mile is steep, but I say the entire 2.5 miles is steep and can be more difficult at certain points. Good news is that there are plenty of places to pull off to the side to catch your breath and take a break. The view of Christine Falls is 100% worth the trek. If you hike further up you can get a nice cool mist from the falls to help you cool off and is quite refreshing. Parking is scarce so get there early or drive a few feet from the main parking lot to find an overflow lot to park at.

The hike down to the river is as impressive as the falls itself, just kidding dummy the falls are so impressive.
Bring a couple different pairs of sun glasses to experience the cool secret optic fall attraction that happens. My glasses have a blueish hue while my girlfriends gave off an amber colored effect- she asked if I wanted to try hers but I said “no” because my male masculinity is very fragile.
I wanted to go over the falls in a barrel but we got there too late and I didn’t see the line for it and figured they must have ran out, next time we will skip picking up a friend from the airport and just go straight to the falls.
Oh and the hike up from the river to the top- if you have any bratty kids or old people in your life take them there just for that- they’ll hate every second of it and you’ll feel good knowing that somebody that deserves great discomfort is receiving great discomfort.

I love this place. It blew my Arizona dwelling mind.

A nice late September hike with sunshine, blue skies above sunrise lodge. Got there around 10:00 am and got back around 2:30. Had lunch up there. The mountain was out and so were the goats down below fun to see. Good workout day. Looked inside the fire lookout tower. I’d like to spend the night up there the views are fantastic.

This trail isn't getting the love it deserves! Went in late June on a partly cloudy today. The views from the top were stunning, especially once the clouds around Rainier cleared. You could see Mt. Hood in the distance if you looked really close as well as Mt. St. Helens. Easily assessable just past the Pinnacle Saddle, but is a bit of a scramble at the top. If you go in June there is still enough snow at the top to slide back down the summit to near the saddle!

My experience was 5 stars, with cool weather in the low 60s, no clouds blocking Mt Rainier and total seclusion for the last 4+ Miles (we didn’t see or hear a single person). With worse weather or larger crowds, it would probably be a 4. The switchbacks through heavy forest cover are repetitive and take over an hour, but the payoff view of Mount Rainier is absolutely worth it. Skip the first viewpoint. Moderate difficulty is about right. No sketchy areas, just a long climb.

This is a fun, relatively easy hike. We went to the "real" Madcap falls which is not really on the trail. Some folks say its just around the bend from Carter and there is another falls around the bend, but according to the quads Madcap is another 1/2 mile up. So we turned around at about the 2 mile mark. The path is generally easy, wide, and maintained. We did wonder about the wooden pipe that runs along the trail part of the way, other than the fact that it is a hand built wooden pipe that travels easily a mile... What is its history?

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