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hiking
15 hours ago

Beautiful views! I found it to be a moderate hike because there wasn’t much mileage. I do think there was more elevation gain than posted though. My watch stated we hiked 3700 ft, and I don’t know how exact these things are but I think it counted the elevation gain on the way back to the trailhead as well. No spikes needed for what’s left of the snow near the lake. The trail is somewhat exposed to the sun once you head up to the lookout from the lake. The bugs were biting quite a bit so definitely bring bug spray! We started the hike at 1245 and had no trouble finding a place to park. Dusty gravel road so be careful, visibility was awful when I drove behind someone else.

Absolutely stunning hike. Several miles of gravel road to the trailhead which isn’t bad if you plan on getting there early, but definitely experienced some tough conditions on the way down as the gravel was kicked up by the mass of cars and it was impossible to see the car ahead of me. As far as the hike, I’d say it’s more on the moderate side and it truly is spectacular. Go on a clear day and take in the views, and then make sure to jump into Eunice Lake to cool off. Also, bugs are starting to come out in full force, so bring your spray!

hiking
1 day ago

This is the second fire lookout hike I’ve done. Did Gobbler’s Knob and this one back to back. The views at the lookout are second to none in the park. Stayed the night and slept on the walkway of the fire lookout. The hike is easy. The only semi strenuous part is the last mile from Eunice Lake up to the lookout. But nothing beats staying for the sunset, staying the night and seeing every star in the sky illuminating the mountain, and then waking up early enough to catch the sunrise.

Highlights:
-Hiked it on the 14th: weather and views were beautiful. Wore shorts and running shoes.
-Took my kids with me, the youngest hiker being 3. We had no issues hiking the entire route.
-No snow on the trail, just a little mud where it had melted.

Downside:
The line into the Mt Rainier Park was long between 1200-1400. We waited an hour to get into the park.

The first part of the trail is paved. It is quite demanding bc of how steep it is. We had our 4 year old with us. Made it to the Panorama Point and kept going despite the initial plan. We ended up doing 2x the distance of the loop bc the split of the trails wasn’t marked or was still under the snow. We ended up at the Reflection Lakes and had to go out on the road to ask for a ride up to the Paradise Inn. Before we went on the hike we talked to a couple who had the same happen to them but at the time weren’t applying it to us as we didn’t think our 4 year old would last that long. Something for the park rangers to fix. What could have been a fun walk ended up being a frantic trail running to get to the road while we still had some ambient lighting after the sunset. Hiked inadvertently 8 miles. If we got on a trail early during the day and got “lost” it would have been fine but bc we started late it was unnecessarily stressful.

Great views of Mt. Rainer at the peak. Turn around look down into valley with some binoculars and you can see Seattle and surrounding cities. Pretty cool prospective. Bring swim suit and swim in Eunice lake after you reach peak on way down. Highly recommend.

Hiked this trail on Saturday the 14th of July, 2018.
It was just as expected with a few areas of snow on the trail to traverse vs two weeks prior with over 3 feet of snow. “Cancelled that hike as I wasn’t prepared.”
Flowers were just coming into bloom, bugs were happy to see and bite us! The views are always breathtaking for such an easy hike for young to old.

Long initial climb about 1500 vert. in about 2 Miles, then becomes more gradual. Beautiful panoramic views, phenomenal views of the glaciers, amazing wild flowers, but no dogs:(

We had an amazing time! When you get to the top of Summerland you can hike up a bit further to the Panhandle Gap for some further spectacular views. Absolutely beautiful. Will definitely be back.

Moderate to difficult. Plenty of places to filter water. Last .9 Miles is straight uphill. All worth it, even Took a swim in frigid Eunice lake.

trail running
3 days ago

snow by Eunice lake but otherwise clear. moderate hike if normal hiker easy if experienced hiker.

hiking
4 days ago

Fifteen miles of gravel road to the trailhead but the views are astonishing along the trail, and worth the trek to the top.

If you are a beginning hiker, like myself, this hike is not something i would consider easy. It’s 3 miles mostly uphill. But SO rewarding when you finish. The views are amazing throughout the entire hike which makes it easy to not give up. The gravel road going in is about 30 minutes long and there will most likely be people there already parked. Don’t forget to bring snacks, BUG SPRAY and lots of water.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail is moderately difficult, but nature gives the motivation to move on. After 2miles of the trail one might face powdery crisp ice which is slippery , better to wear spike shoes and have a hiking stick. Get lots of water to be hydrated and a snack pack to treat yourself once you reach the tolmie peak lookout. I went in July which seemed like the perfect timing with clear skies to watch the beautiful, magnificent, stunning Mount Rainier covered to snow like a white carpet. Loved it❤️.

This hike was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever done. First 2.5 miles weren’t bad at all but the last mile and half was pretty tiring. I had to stop a couple times to catch my breath. Still a little snow at the top but you won’t need spikes or anything like that.

hiking
8 days ago

Not a hard one to worry about. Please pick Sunny day because view will stun you out. This is getting really famous so make sure you reach early.

Aware of gravel road. Stop washing your car if you r planning to go on this hike because when you will come back you have to clean it.

Last year we hiked that trail, great loop and we ate lunch on the way back. I would do it again, definitely.

Great trail for families. Took kids and dogs on Saturday, which was busy! Last time I went mid week and only saw 2 people. Still had a good time.

Great hike. Plan to get to the top before 2 pm for the best views of Rainier. Substantial snow near Eunice lake, about 2/3 of the way up, but it is well packed and no microspikes are needed.

hiking
10 days ago

An absolutely stunning hike. To arrive at the trailhead, you have to drive on a few miles of gravel road. Once there, you hike along and around Mowich Lake up through a beautiful old growth pine forest. Keep going and you’ll start to hit snow. Even in July as we walked up to the next lake which is Eunice Lake, it was covered in snow. From here if you look up at the cliff, you can actually see Tolmie Lookout which is your destination! It looks like a doozy but you’re already halfway there. From here, follow the snow trail up to the hillside and begin the final climb. This is where it gets a little difficult but again, it’s worth it!! Soon you’ll arrive at the lookout and have one of the best views of Mt. Rainier! It was clear on the day we went with exception to a few clouds so hopefully you can see it how we did. If not, Tolmie Peak trail is still a beautiful trail on its own. It’s a strenuous hike and the uphill switchbacks will get to you but it’s totally worth the hike.

July 5, 2018: Did an out-and-back to Panorama Point, didn't do the rest of the loop. Amazing views! Watching sneaker-clad tourists slide all over the snow was amusing. Most of the trail is still snow covered but a proper pair of hiking boots should do the trick. Spikes and poles not required to get to Panorama Point.

hiking
12 days ago

Great easy hike. Great views.

Great view, we stopped for lunch at sheep lake and the experience was AMAZING. You will see squirrels, fish, and if course, a lake

6/30/18 There are still several feet of snow, all the way to the parking lot. Trail is buried and lakes are still frozen. You can't get very far without crampons.

Hiked on 7/1/18. First 100 yards or so had some snow but that was it for the entire trail. No issue at all.

hiking
16 days ago

Road is open for the season! Got to the trailhead early and we were the first car there. Pretty good hike to the top - good amount of snow by Eunice Lake but we didn’t have any trouble or need our micro spikes. Not too strenuous, just bring extra layers for the top it can get real cold! No views today but worth the climb regardless.

hiking
17 days ago

Incredible trek to a high mountain meadow. Keep a look out for marmots, mountain goats and the local extroverts, the many chipmunks that hang close in want of snacks.

Lol at this one! Totally not what I expected, but in the best way possible. Hearing from a local, he said the weather here is SO FAR from being predictable, but apparently we went in some of the best conditions. And by “best” I mean trudging up a couple miles in straight up snow and in the most dense fog I’ve ever hiked in. So many times we were tempted to turn back thinking it would be impossible to see Rainier in this weather, but that local we met up close to panorama point said to just wait a few minutes and be patient for the clouds to clear.... all that to say, when Rainier suddenly appeared, it might’ve been one of the most spectacular hiking moments I’ve ever experienced. Tips: wear shoes you can hike with in the snow; don’t have any expectations; keep going even if there’s doubt; and then just be patient. I will be back here again because I want to do the whole loop!

Hiked to Panorama Point with my 5 year old today (24June18). Great hike, still lots of snow on the trail, instead of doing the loop, we headed north towards the Muir Fields to get a few Gillsade Chute rides in. Great day with my son.

Great hike with amazing views and vistas. Got there early in the day in September to avoid the crowds. The incline wasn't too bad, especially since there are so many times to stop and take great photos. Towards the end of the hike there were way too many people on the trail and the parking lot was a zoo. Get there early!

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