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The highlight of our visit to Mount Rainier. This is a steady climb most of the way up but lots of pauses for photo ops and pika watching. Saw hikers of all ages able to do this trail. Great reward for the time it takes to do this trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful setting.

hiking
18 days ago

MUST DO.

From the East Coast (specifically New Jersey) and this was our first West Coast hike. Wow, wow, wow. The views were insane, the flora was gorgeous, and the temperature was perfect in August! This review is written late, but if you can make the trip, DO IT!

Nice easy loop trail with amazing views of Mt Rainier! We went in the beginning of October so the fall foliage was spectacular. We saw some deer that were really chill (they sat by the trail and watched us as we started the trail and they were there still at the end of the loop). It was cold and windy however so bundle up! Even the drive to the trail alone made it worth it. We stopped at a cute little restaurant and the base of the mountain that had amazing food.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Easy snowshoeing trail with great reward.

Great views of the Tatoosh Range at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice alternate hike when the clouds sock in the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked the trail yesterday (11/18/18). Spectacular day with bright sunshine. Snow on most of the path with ice at the water crossings. Made it in just my hiking shoes, slipped a couple of times, but made it without going down!! Great day to be in the mountains.

Steady climb to the top. Ground was frozen from about 4000’. Some ice along the way so micro spikes were good to have.

hiking
2 months ago

Snow and icy throughout the loop (Nov 17) but definitely worth it! I was lucky to have cloudless gorgeous weather so views were amazing. Not to steep but when hiking clockwise almost 2/3rd is climbing upwards, but overall very enjoyable and good trail. Still, took me almost 3 hours because of slippery paths and I did stop to take photos about every 5 to 10 minutes :)

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike yesterday 11/11 and there is definitely snow. I would have loved to have micro spikes with me since some of the parts are very icy and slippery. The views of mount rainier at sunset were insane. I’d highly recommend hiking this trail before the close the road.

Description is confusing, this starts on the Comet Falls Trail, then joins the Van Trump Park Trail for the last portion.
Was a cloudy day so didn't get to see the mountain but the creek and falls were motivational! Snow on the trail past Comet Falls. Late in the season and mid-week so not too many other hikers. Will come back next summer for the flowers and the views!

A beautiful hike.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful hike today! got there about 830 and only ran into one other group! took us about 2.5 hours to complete roundtrip. such amazing views and clear skies! was really cold when we got there, 30° but definitely warmed up by the time we got back down.

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.

Truly my favorite hike in the NW- head left to Mildred point for an incredible view of the cascades, the dome and a chance to see some mountain goats. Adds another 1000’ of elevation and the last part is incredibly steep (hands and feet going up) but worth every step.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

A good hike for work/reward balance since it’s so short and the views are stunning on a clear day. Climbing the switchbacks is comprable to doing 100 flights on the stairmaster, so it challenged me, but would probably be fine for many who are very fit/have hiking poles/take frequent breaks. It is all uphill with only one or two little stretches that are neutral. From the saddle, you can see Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, and if you keep going up to the peak on the left side after the saddle, you can see Mt. St Helen’s on the far right of the horizon. A beautiful hike with good weather as of 10/17, I started off with layers but shed them as I ascended.

hiking
3 months ago

I would have never expected such awesome weather as this in late October at this elevation at Mount Rainier. Not a cloud in the sky. Temps under 60°. Lots and lots of nice, friendly people.

If you have ever been to the top of Chinook pass, then you're familiar with the area. It's extremely popular due to immediate access, entry and trail options.

I basically combined three easy hikes into one to make it more worthwhile. If you ever decide to do the Naches Loop trail, do it in clockwise direction so you're rewarded with stunning views of the majestic Mount Rainier towards the end!
October 21 2018

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

Hiked this trail on Saturday, October 20. We had beautiful, clear weather and could see everything, including Mt. Adams. Trail is in good condition. Steady, consistent elevation gain as we climbed. BRING PLENTY OF WATER to drink. There is no water up along this trail at this time. It starts off in the woods with a steady climb that is somewhat steep at times. After about 3 miles you come over a hill where you can see incredible views of Mt Rainier. Continue up and around some big rocky areas then back into some forest. The last mile to the top is tough but the views are awesome.

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

Went up there for my birthday 10/20 and it was amazing. The weather was clear, sunny, and warm. We got there around 9:30, parking lot was filling up. By the time we came back around 12, parking lot was full and more. I don’t think we walked the whole hike as we started at the trail head and stopped at the top view point, as enough for us and we just chilled there for an hour taking photos and having lunch.

We hiked the trail on a beautiful sunny day and the scenery was gorgeous. The 10+ mile gravel road is like a wash board in many areas but there are few potholes. A truck or SUV will have no trouble. A car will have a bumpy, slower trip. It took our group of three 60 year olds and two 30 year olds about 4 hours to do the round trip. We took a lot of breaks, pictures, and had lunch at the fire lookout. The rating of moderate is accurate for this trail.

This was a beautiful hike and we even were able to see a little bit of the fall colors!

My only complaint is that we saw 10 dogs along the trail as well as a few piles of dog poo. I choose hikes specifically for the benefit of no dogs. I like dogs, just not on my hikes.

Please folks, leave the dogs at home when in a National forest, they're not permitted.

hiking
3 months ago

So I know I wrote a book below and it cut me off, but I do want to say that this was wonderful experience, "the best of times" . I spent a memorable day with my beautiful daughter enjoying magnificent scenery on a warm fall day. Even if you go part way and come back down without doing the entire loop, you won't regret it. Have fun!

hiking
3 months ago

Have you ever read the opening lines of 'A Tale of Two Cities " - "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" ? So let me say, my trek on this hike was the best experience I could have .. and the worst. I expect if you are reading a review on this site that you are either an experienced hiker, or in good shape and a walk on a popular trail up a mountain sounds like a nice way to spend the day. I am neither, and this was challenging for me, but I lived to tell the tale and so I will share my experience. First of all, this is a beautiful hike. Look at the pictures folks have posted on here and you'll see what I mean .. beautiful views of the mountain, gorgeous lakes and if you're lucky like we were (my 16 year old daughter and her boyfriend accompanied me) you will get warm fall temperatures with beautiful blue skies and no bugs this time of year. The trails are well maintained and if you meet another hiker on the trail there is room to step aside to pass. There were lots of families - kids running (although there are very steep slopes and both my daughter and I were a little concerned one of them would go flying off the side, parents carrying kids in backpacks and on part of the trail lots of dogs (where they are allowed). There are plenty of reviews on here about this being an easy hike. And it is. For most of you. And then there are the folks like me … over 60, who never get out on hikes, overweight and don't exercise regularly. BEWARE if you fall into this category! There were a handful of older folks on this trail - you could tell they were avid hikers .. and they were doing great. Me, not so much. And the reason I'm writing this is because we saw one older couple - probably close to 70 who seemed to be struggling quite a bit and I'm hoping they aren't still up there, a day later. I want to save someone from that fate. There are plenty of accurate, positive reviews here, but if you read long enough, you'll find a few that dismiss the idea this is an easy hike and call it moderate. Here are some things to consider if you are one of the nitwits like myself who just thought walking up a freaking mountain would be a piece of cake:
First of all, the pictures on here, although gorgeous, are a bit deceiving. You can see the well maintained trail. Look at some of the trail pictures though, how they are going up, as in UP A MOUNTAIN. I should have taken a picture of the initial steep hill you climb at the trail head, I thought that would be the worst of it. But consider the fact that you are walking all the way up an incline the entire way and there are some that are a bit steeper than any pictures show. Sure, there are some flat spots (and my evil friend, in looking at the pictures said, "looks pretty flat to me") but you are going UP A MOUNTAIN. And that takes some effort for folks like me. So be ready for that. The trail, although in great condition, does have some areas that are a little tricky. We went on October 20th, 2018 - beautiful sunny day. And the trail was dry in most spots, but there is permafrost in some areas that you want to stay off of and other areas where it is muddy and slippery. Also, there are rocky areas that you need to be careful on and lots of areas where there are roots. I managed to trip once on a root and go down, much to my embarrassment. There are also several places where there are steps - basically logs that have been buried across the trail to keep the dirt intact .. and then a step down. Well, some of those steps are a little deep so again, not necessarily the easiest for some (okay, ME after walking all day). And if you are someone who needs to take a break and sit while walking there isn't really anywhere to do that on the trail - occasionally you might find a large rock to sit on, but for the most part not until you get to the viewpoints.
Some housekeeping issues: There is a bathroom at the first parking lot you come to - but no other facilities other than bushes on the trail. Be sure and take plenty of water, I should have taken more than I did which is why my muscles were feeling it towards the end. There are no "you are here" signs with maps so we never really knew where the heck on the trail we were. It was a bit funny, we would ask folks how far it was to Tipsoo or Dewey Lake (or finally to the PARKING LOT)and we'd get a different answer from everyone, even if we asked from the same general area. Gives you an idea of skills levels (one would say it's a quarter mile, others would say from the same location it was an hour walk. Guess what, that uphill 1/4 mile for me WAS an hour walk!) Even the signs for where the trailhead starts aren't clear, and then you get up and on a bridge over 410 and the sign points to the Pacifica Trail which was confusing. Asked a couple of people if we were going in the right direction, they didn't have a clue either so it was just onward and upward for all of us. .

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