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muddy
4 days ago

The dog, the boy(11 years old) and I hikes this on Saturday 1/19/19. The trail is very muddy, not impossible but boots you don't mind ruining are a must. The trail itself is very flat, not a lot of hills hence the easy rating. No trail head markings or signage along the way. We missed the "Ghost Town" entirely and ended up walking along the river until we hit a road(about 5 miles). Then we turned around and came back. Lots of nice views of the river and beautiful forest. We saw 4 elk in a small group. A good time was had, but I don't know about the ghost town aspect.

Several small creeks to cross, and beautiful vistas as you climb to the top. The frozen lakes are amazing. The view at the top was incredible! This time of year, a lifted vehicle with chains highly recommended.

hiking
13 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever. The mountain feels so close and the scenery never dulls. Would recommend poles, but it is not a necessity. Will definitely be doing again!!

off road driving
15 days ago

this is more of a road rating went up there just to drive more snow on the ground than expected but still had loads of fun highly recomend a lifted vehicle to get through all the way and dont go alone

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.

Hiked it today, 1/5. I drove from Wilkerson and drove over the bridge, parked, then walked over the bridge to the trail head. You have to step over the guard rail to get to the trail. It’s a little steep going down but flat once you get down. I only hiked about 30 minutes because it started to get dark. The trail was pretty muddy but not too bad.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful setting.

hiking
19 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.

beautiful!!

on Melmont Ghost Town

1 month ago

trail was being cleared, and super muddy in areas the equipment was working. nice walk.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy hike, but be prepared to use a cable with pegs for stability on the way down from the bridge. It's steep, but you don't need to be an experienced climber to deal with it. Look for the bullet hole-riddled speed limit sign to find the entrance.

As of 12/04, the trail itself is very muddy, so don't wear anything that you don't want to get dirty. The Melmont site is unremarkable: the buildings are long gone, but if you're lucky, you may meet some knowledgeable volunteers from the Foothills Rails-To-Trails Coalition who can tell you about the area's history.

If you don't want to talk with any volunteers, you can check out piercecountytrails.org for more information, both practical and historical.

Great views of the Tatoosh Range at the top.

There was a lot of snow on road and one map said we were at trail. We decided to park and hike the road to trailhead. 2.5 miles we finally got to trail head. It was a pretty hike in the snow even on the road. It was getting dark so we decided wouldn’t have enough time to do the hike, with walking down road with the cars that still needed to come down. Snow was deep as we got higher. We had spikes so they helped walking the road.

It was a beautiful hike in the snow even though we didn’t make to trail.

Awesome short hike. View from the top is amazing.

You: Bring light Ice cleats, and a camera.

Transportation: having decent ground clearance is not a must have but surely helps. I wouldn’t drive up there in a sedan, but people do it.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

I went on 11/3/2018 with my husband, our 7 year old, 3 year old and a friend. You will need to drive over the bridge, park on the left hand side in that little area. Then walk back over and go over the guard rail, there will be a cable with pegs to help you down onto the trail. We had to pick up our kids and carry them down. The trail is very muddy, so I recommend boots instead of tennis shoes. There's a couple buildings and a car on the trail. There will be a fork where you can either go up or continue straight on the trail. If you go up there's an old schoolhouse. The bottom part of the trail, we ended up going off the path to the river. There's a little camping spot and then a little beach area where you can get a better view of the river. Overall it was a good hike. Very easy for kids and dogs after you get down from the bridge. This is also a trail for offloading vehicles so be aware. There were several dirt bikes that zoomed past us. **Also, be careful of certain people. There were a couple locals that were trying to get people away from the trail by telling them there were ruins of another town down the road. Several people including ourselves drove the directions they gave us and it lead to a dead end. Also, encountered some angry locals as well on another day that were at the bridge.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike. I went yesterday with my husband, our 7 year old and 3 year old and a couple friends. The drive up is pretty rough for about 5-6 miles. You will need a vehicle with good ground clearance or take the drive up very slow. The trail was very Icey in some parts. We ended up busting our butts on the trail a couple times. If you are taking a little one this time of year, I recommend putting them in a hiking carrier. Beautiful views from the trail and definitely an incline on the way up. We were feeling the burn. Snow and ice on parts of the trail and at the top. The view of Summit Lake was beautiful. The lake is so clear. The hike was worth it just to see the scenic view from the overlook and to see the lake. It was breathtaking. This wasn't a very busy trail. We saw only a couple people during our hike an this was during the morning to afternoon.

hiking
2 months ago

High clearance and decent tires are your safest bet getting to the TH, I made it in my Chevy Cruze though, so make good judgment calls before heading to this trail. Beautiful day on the trail and amazing views at the lake and above! Compact snow is very icy!

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

Stunning hike! Highly recommend. The drive up is pretty rough but it’s worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

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
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.

A beautiful hike.

hiking
2 months ago

So amazing! Lake was clear and gorgeous! View of mountain was breathtaking! Already thinking about going again.

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.

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!

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