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There’s a lot of switchbacks and is a little overcrowded. Otherwise, it’s a great trail!

I think it’s a little difficult lol. But I also hear it’s really easy. I’ve gone a couple times and the view is definitely worth it. Very dangerous at the top as I know many have slipped and fell at the top view..

Overcrowded. Nice view though...

Nice view at the top. Well maintained trail that is easy to walk.

6 days ago

Completed this trail twice. Its fun with great view towards the end. Short but fun.

Went for an impromptu hike in November 2017. Very nice little hike. It's a very popular trail so it's generally very crowded.

Nice Sunday Hike!
Lots of people of friendly people!

Nice views overall. Scores high on access from the city; easy access also meant there were tons of people.

Compared to most hikes, this one is a bit boring and gets incredibly busy. Too busy. It’s like visiting an outdoor mall at Christmas. The view is nice, but there are better hikes with more to see and less people.

walking
10 days ago

Beautiful walking trails. We went on a crisp sunny autumn day and it really was idyllic! The entrance is steep and parking can be tricky but totally worth it! We brought our dogs and three young children. The pathway is muddy so wear appropriate shoes.

We were able to see a few remains of the town!

love ..easy hike loved the views

Great trail, Very crowded on weekends though.

Great starter trail. The view is epic. Love starts here.

Beautiful drive. Fun hike and pretty views!

Hiked Summit Lake on 10/6/18. Saw about 20-25 people the whole day. Lots of dogs on leash including ours. The trail is very well maintained. This is one of my absolute favorite hikes! We started up later in the day, hitting the trailhead around 12:30pm. We met people coming down who didn't have the opportunity to see Mt. Rainier earlier in the day. Our late start meant we were able to get some gorgeous peek-a-boo views of the Mountain when we reached the trail summit. Perfect day!! Yes, the road up is rough, but the parking lot was full so it is definitely not deterring anyone. Please remember to pack your trash out.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy hike with great views. Saw chipmunks, various birds and even a mountain goat!

Awesome little one day hike. moderate for the kiddos. amazing views of all angles. Took my 6 and 10 year old this last weekend and they absolutely loved it. wild huckleberries on top for the tasting. I definitely recommend this hike.

I went with my fiancé today and had an awesome time. We must have gotten lucky as we got there around 11am and only saw a handful of people. Definitely recommend doing this trail!

A nice moderate uphill grade. With an Alpine lake and early fall colors. It was an awesome hike

Beautiful view once at the top. It gets really crowded after 9am.

Great short hike with magnificent views! Only downside is that it is very crowded as most of the reviews have said.

hiking
24 days ago

easy hike. Knats are harmless, but if you stand in one spot for more than 10sec the large deer flies will bite you!

This is one of my favorite waterfalls with absolutely stunning wildflowers and a great view of the mountain.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful hike, not too difficult. Tons of camping spots, including one that overlooks the lake up top. The lake is strikingly blue, even on a cloudy day. Will have to return for a cloudless day to see Mt. Rainier from the lookout.

No toilet at the trailhead (people made their own toilet pits in the dirt), but there is a primitive toilet when you reach the lake. The trail is in excellent condition, but the road is not. Very rocky with potholes. I wouldn't say 4x4 or AWD is absolutely necessary, but clearance is. Even if you drive very carefully in a low clearance vehicle, you may damage the underside.

hiking
28 days ago

Trail in good condition. Came on a Sunday, turned up at about 2:30pm and there was parking available. It's a simple hike, basically just switch-backs all the way to the top, but the views are absolutely incredible from the top.

Pros: Easy to get to (the freeway is 5 minutes from the trail head). Trail in good condition. Absolutely stunning views from the top.

Cons: Busy, so if you hike for solitude you won't find it here. Trail quite narrow so lots of stopping to let people pass. The hike itself up the hill is pretty nondescript, could be anywhere in the Cascades.

29 days ago

boring busy trail

My favorite views close to Seattle while out in PacNor. It’s not a hard trail as much as it is a decent distance and altitude - but views so worth it.

We were here on 09/13 which was a overcast day. I felt like this hike took a lot of work and time up for very little payoff. To start the road was under construction so within the first few miles we were stopped at a sign saying road closed for an hour. Talked to some previously waiting cars and sounded like awhile had already elapsed. Waited maybe 20 min to continue. Then you have this unpaved road that is just so rough the whole way and has a speed limit of 25 mph. Takes about 40 minutes with lots and lots of moments you swear you will have a flat tire. The hike itself was not overly strenuous or technical but is definitely a workout at times. We only went to the falls and turned around since we knew we weren’t going to get any Mountain View’s with the weather so in total was a 4 mile trip. Then back down the rough road to wait another 30 minutes at the construction zone to leave. I think if it had been a clearer visibility day so that the hike itself had more visual payoff I wouldn’t have cared so much about the time and the travel etc but for us it was just a pretty standard forest hike with a lot of obstacles.

On a clear day this is an amazing hike. We were lucky enough to have great weather and the views of mount rainier were spectacular! It definitely has some elevation so be prepared! We got there @ 9am on a weekday and only saw a few ppl on the trail .

great trail! beautiful views at the lakes and definitely will be a repeat for us

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