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Fun hikes in Mt Rainier National park best accessed through the Nisqually entrance in the SW corner of the park

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hiking
8 days ago

Nice accessible falls.

Great views of the Tatoosh Range at the top.

this is a very nice trail. climbed it yesterday and its got a great view.

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.

It’s amazing! No snow today but absolutely worth it. On a clear day you can see Mount Helen and Baker

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.

lots of edible wild berries along the trail. Very short however and it's close to the road in some spots. Good trail for kids and the elderly. Several massive old growth firs some must be 10 feet in diameter!

One of my favorite hikes! Amazing reward for little work. Views all the way up are incredible and if you are lucky enough to have a really clear day, you can see Mount Adams and Mount Hood from the top! The trail is pretty rocky so good shoes are recommended, but the incline is not bad at all. No snow on the trail as of 10/14 but it was definitely cold so be prepared.

I had plenty of company on this well maintained trail leading to an awesome view at the Saddle. Best to do this hike on a clear day to enjoy mountain views of Mt Rainier to north and distant views of Mt Adams.
The trail begins through a tree-filled stretch. Once the views open up you will relish the hike.
On a switchback about 1/3 mile from the Saddle there is a perfect spot to pause on a large boulder and take in views of Mt Rainier and Paradise. I had a snack sitting there and the memory will last me a long time.

nice view all the way to the peak. Luckily see a black bear at the 15 minutes walk.

So so gorgeous ! But if you hate incline almost 97% of the way than this will not be your best friend lol but it’s so worth it and peaceful at the top! Beautiful sunny day!

Sunny day; autumn colors; brilliant blue sky; could not have been better. Clear views of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier (of course) and Mt. Hood from Plummer Peak. So much nicer hiking here rather than the rat race at Paradise.

walking
2 months 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.

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

My experience was 5 stars, with cool weather in the low 60s, no clouds blocking Mt Rainier and total seclusion for the last 4+ Miles (we didn’t see or hear a single person). With worse weather or larger crowds, it would probably be a 4. The switchbacks through heavy forest cover are repetitive and take over an hour, but the payoff view of Mount Rainier is absolutely worth it. Skip the first viewpoint. Moderate difficulty is about right. No sketchy areas, just a long climb.

walking
2 months ago

Very nice short walk down a very well marked path.

Nice walk with info signs.

We hiked this on 9/12 and I absolutely loved this one. Didn’t see anyone else on our hike so was nice to be alone. Just got partial views of the top of Rainier with the overcast weather. Some blue skies came through but never revealed the entire mountain so I could only imagine how much more amazing this could have been. We did get some views though and as we stopped at the visitors center afterward they said they hadn’t had any view of the mountain all day. I agree with previous reviews hiking poles definitely helped as there is quite a bit of elevation and lots of rocks on your path.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Awesome views. wish I had time for the hard trails

hiking
3 months ago

This was a nice hike with a beautiful waterfall. We found the little trail that took us closer to the base and then we continued down the trail and ended up at reflection lake. This made the stop worth it as the waterfall itself is not much of a hike.

hiking
3 months ago

How do you get underneath the Waterfalls? We hiked past the viewpoint from the parking lot today.

Nice hike.

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail about two weeks ago. It was in the middle of a heat wave, so being in the forest for the majority of the hike was really nice. There were several switch backs on the way to the upper part of the loop, but they were pretty gradual and not overly challenging. The view of Mt. Rainier was stunning. We were only at the park for a day so this was the only trail we were able to do....already wanting to go back to try more!

Pretty hike. Would have excellent views but the smoke blocked all views of Rainier.

Super Wanderung, toller Blick auf Mt. Rainier obwohl es sehr dunstig war mit eigentlich mieser Sicht. Stetig ansteigend aber unkompliziert zu laufen.

Great early morning hike. It’s rated as Hard but I would only rate it as such if you push to the summit in under 60 minutes, otherwise it’s a moderate hike. Less crowed trail than others in the area and the path is well maintained. The view at the top is absolutely spectacular. Highly recommend.

I loved this hike. It was intermediate...not hard. The view was amazing and worth it.

Beautiful views and good incline!

The first half mile of the trail was buggy but after that the breeze kept them at bay. The trail is very well maintained but very rocky. Walking sticks are very helpful. The view of Mount Rainier smacks you in the face. To see Paradise from this trail shows us how small we really are compared to the volcano. On a clear day, as you cross over the saddle supposedly you can see Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. I only saw a glimpse of Adams but we could see the town of Packwood. Below Adams and to the left. We didn't go beyond the saddle.

Epic views & a good trail. I loved the alpine meadows and wildflowers everywhere. It’s a beautiful hike.

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