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1 hour 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 :)

Wonderful hike easy for the kids!

A little busy but the view from the top was absolutely amazing! The trail was icy in several spots. Should have brought some light ice cleats but it was still doable.

Always an amazing hike!!

hiking
4 days 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.

A beautiful hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this trail because original planned trail Tolmie was closed. You basically walk hike through a forest, so there is not really a view. But this it was nice to do a nice 5 miles hike on a Sunday.

hiking
21 days 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.

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.

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.

Nice trail, well packed. Not the best trail out there but a good quick hike when the roads closed up further.

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.

A beautiful hike!
I would suggest using a 4 wheel drive, or high clearance vehicle. The road to the parking is plagued with potholes. That makes the journey a lot longer to park. There are no facilities here.
It wasn't too busy, and it was a gorgeous fall day!

hiking
24 days 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
25 days 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.

hiking
25 days 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
26 days 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
26 days ago

Got to the TH at about 0930, a beautiful 50 degrees, clear blue skies. Trail is in excellent condition. Only saw 6 other people on the trail today. Beautiful hike, will be back in the spring!

hiking
26 days 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.

Simply amazing. A relatively short hike with some of the most breathtaking views at the end. We were lucky to get a sunny fall day and see Rainier in all its glory, along with Adams and St Helens. The drop off the edge is insane, incredible photos for a little effort!

amazing views and the falls are awesome!!!

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
27 days 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
27 days 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. .

Such a great hike, but it’s more like 5.5 miles one way...total 11 miles when you’re done...there’s a great side trail where you can view Mt Rainier peak and it is captivating! Hard because of elevation gain so bring plenty of water...And invest in some good walking sticks to save your knees on the way down...great trail!!! Definitely one to do several times throughout the year to see all the color changes in the wildflowers! Loved it and felt accomplished when it was completed!

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