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Did this with two kids ages 4 & 8, they loved it. Definitely stop at bench lake first. Lots of bear tracks/scat so be aware.

Very peaceful walk, hearing the sound of the river on the way out and a drop over a ridgeline into the quiet zone the way back. With the campgrounds closed and early start we were the only ones on the trail until we got back to the start. The falls make for a worthwhile destination. I look forward to coming back to see spring run off.

Extra cotton.

Beautiful hike! The falls are amazing. We look forward to spending time camping here next summer!

amazing views and the falls are awesome!!!

walking
1 month ago

Nice hike to the falls from Paradise parking lot. It’s definitely a workout for the hammies but wouldn’t have it any other way.

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

beautiful hike. My friend and I went and we were the only ones on the trail, so peaceful.

Such a great little trail. I definitely recommend veering off and visiting bench lake. We were able to see a perfect reflection of Mount Rainier in the lake. We also saw 2 black bears and a lot of moose tracks around snow lake. Would definitely recommend.

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.

9/29/18 Short paved path to see the falls. Very pretty!

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

hiking
1 month ago

Nice. Had a fox follow us for a bit. Great views.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Hiked this trail to Bench Lake At the end of September. Absolutely stunning!! We had a beautiful day so the fall colors just popped. There are some decent climbs along the way but the trail is well maintained with built in steps. Our four year old loved it as it was interesting and challenging enough to keep him moving but not so over the top that he gave up. Highly recommend taking the spur trail down to the shore of bench lake-it is a bit of a “scramble” but again, the four year old did it and I had a baby in a frame carrier and made it just fine. About half way down the spur trail it forks-the trail to the right is a bit easier but both do end up on the shore.

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!

Beautiful. Just long enough for a short family hike. Easy as far as terrain and trail with a mild uphill. Water is blue and gorgeous. Definitely a do again I Warner weather when you can dip into water.

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.

Beautiful views on a clear day. Hiked this yesterday. Some steeper areas, but worth it. Amazing Autumn colors. Dress accordingly, weather changes quickly up there.

Spent the day yesterday on trails around the Paradise visitor center, including Myrtle Falls. Autumn colors were extraordinary. A great time of year to visit, but dress accordingly. Weather up there changes quickly

walking
1 month ago

Great little path! We got to the park late in the afternoon and wanted to do something easy/quick, yet get some cool sights of Mount Rainier. This was a super easy, paved path that had such vivid flowers/trees changing colors for fall, and awesome views of the mountain towards the middle.

Beautiful fall colors and lots of opportunities for pictures. There are a lot of stair-like steps from 12-24+ inches both up and both directions. We were glad we brought our hiking poles. No bugs and light traffic in a Friday.

Hiked this trail September 20th, 2018. Easy trail with great Washington Scenery. I got there very early about 6:30-7am and there was a lot of fog. Ran into lots of doe and had to step off the paved trail to allow 2 bucks to walk by me. If you are there early watch out for the mule deer because they blend right in. I turned a corner and there was a buck about 4 feet from me right on the side of the trail. The fogginess prevented me from getting any good views at the overlooks so try to go for a clear day. I was passing through so I thought I would stop and hike for a few hours

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

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?

walking
1 month ago

Very nice short walk down a very well marked path.

on Silver Falls Trail

1 month ago

What a beautiful hike!

This was a Great Hike, especially because the weather was good! Must hike all the way for the best rewards! Lots of elevation gain, but with spectacular views at every level. Even got views of Mount Saint Helens.

Nice walk with info signs.

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