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amazingly beautiful hike with lots to stop and take in. took our 3.5 year old and he did great. lots of steep edges to be aware of.

one of the most beautiful trails when wildflowers are at their peak. downside...mosquitoes. Even with Deet, the bite through cloths

Go early enough you will beat all the crowds

Beautiful wildflowers! Reasonably even and not-too-steep trail. The bugs bit us up pretty badly, even with bug spray, so I recommend long sleeves. Quite busy parking lot (probably 8-10 people waiting in the bathroom line at any time), and lots of people and dogs on the trail.

Gorgeous views!! Lots of mosquitos bring bug spray. Otherwise, perfect family hike :)

10 days ago

Awesome trail!! My family and I started at sunset, which is probably the best time to do it before the rush comes in. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and well worth it when you make it to the lookout. Incline is pretty gradual so not too bad. Will definitely be back!

I completed this hike on 08/04/2018. Sunrise is very popular, so get there early (especially on the weekend).

Started the hike at 9:30 and completed at 12:30. This included the time for a lunch break at the lookout.

The trail varies from mild-moderate, starting with a paved trail to a dusty trail for the most part. The last stretch takes you through rock scree to the lookout itself where you will enjoy majestic views and the company many Chipmunks!

Flying pests were not so bad today, likely do to a cooling reprieve as todays highs were in the mid sixties.

Beautiful hike, especially if you go when the wildflowers are at their peak. Good for any level hiker and has beautiful views of Mt Rainer...when it’s not cloudy.

12 days ago

We had a wonderful day on the trail. 4.5 hours to do the full loop with 4 little kids with us ages 2,4,6 & 8. The youngest was carried in an ergo some of the way but walked most of it. We ended up going counter clockwise so the hard elevation was first. This is definitely the more challenging way to go. Stopped for an hour break for lunch at the top. Beautiful views.

We hit the Naches Peak Loop trail today, it was beautiful, weather was perfect a slight breeze. traffic on the trail was pretty heavy for a Wednesday but not a problem. there are several small lakes on this trail that add to the beauty. I recommend, like others do, to hike the trail counterclockwise. after approx. 2 miles you will have incredible views of Rainier in front of you! Found some ripe blueberries just past the outlook over Dewey lake. Also saw a Fisher near lake Tipsoo! What a great Hike, God's creation is majestic!

loved this hike. took me a while, outta shape and being senior, but I've done it.

15 days ago

An absolutely beautiful and well-maintained trail. It's generally an easy and forgiving hike on the way up to Glacier Basin campground until the last .5 miles or so (where it becomes significantly steeper). We hiked it twice: once in the morning, and once in the late afternoon. I definitely recommend hiking it sometime in the morning, as the lighting on Rainier was perfect and not overexposed as it was in the afternoon.

We spotted lots of wildlife on this trail as well - if you walk a little ways past Glacier Basin campground toward the scree fields, you're in prime marmot territory (we spotted two scurrying around on the rocks there).

This hike is stunning. While it is a decent elevation gain, I found it much more gradual than a lot of hikes in the cascades. But most of all, the views are amazing.

Decent views, but the bugs were horrible. Definitely recommend bug spray!

If you up close and personal views of Mt Rainier then this is the hike for you. From the top of each one of the Burroughs you are rewarded with fantastic views. The Second Burroughs is the jumping off point for the vast majority of tourist/hikers (not a bad place to turn around). Looking at the trail drop down into the saddle and up, up, up the other side to the Third Burroughs can be most intimidating but believe me when I say your efforts will be rewarded. If you go extra early you have a decent chance of up close encounters with the marmots and the mountain goats.

17 days ago

Hiked on Sunday, July 29th. There are a few places to park to begin this trail, but we chose to park at the Tipsoo Lake parking lot. We arrived at 9:20AM and the parking lot was about 2/3rds full.

Trail is in good condition, with the only obstacle really being one downed tree near the start of the trail (if going clockwise). For concern of any hikers with unsteady footing, there are some limited sections where the trail is narrow with some drop-offs, but otherwise, quite safe and steady.

We hiked going counter-clockwise - if you choose to go this direction, you'll reach the peak early (about 1/3rd of the way) but that also means the elevation gain comes immediately.

You will encounter a lot of bugs throughout the entirety of the hike. That coupled with the hot weather in the sun, would recommend completely covering yourself (sleeves, long pants), wearing a hat. Do not forget your bug spray at home.

Hike is easy with Amazing views..
lots of mosquito so use bug spray a lot!

17 days ago

Great hike, went early, nice breeze on the trail,

17 days ago

A sunset hike, started from the car park about 5pm.
Skies were hazy from the recent fires near Greenwater, which made for a red sunset.
Easy to get to the peak.
Still dozens of burned trees across the trail.
Back to the car via headlamps. About 11 miles.

Great easy hike that I like to do every year. I highly recommend it for families. The views are amazing. Lots of mosquitos but that is just a part of hiking.

Did this trail on Saturday July 21st. starting late in the afternoon and we were not disappointed. trail is in great shape. the lookout was amazing. I have done the Burroughs hike but I like this trail just a little more. the views are more than worth the trip. beware that if the wind kicks up it cools off fast. parking lot was almost 70 and the lookout was in the lower 50s so come prepared!

If you want to see an excellent and unobstructed view of Mt. Rainier this is an excellent hike for you. It's 90% uphill and pretty long, but I would call it a moderate hike as the footing for most the hike is solid and it's gradual enough it never gets too steep. Once you get to the lookout it's an amazing view of both Mt. Rainier plus looking to the north and east gives a wonderful panorama of the surrounding park and wilderness. We started the hike from Sunrise at 6:30 am and were at the lookout by 8:30. This was on a Monday morning so we only encountered a couple hikers along the way. Once there the views were spectacular. Even saw some mountain goats in the distance. The bugs were present but not as bad as they were on Burroughs (which we did afterwards). Once we got back to frozen lake the crowds started to get pretty heavy so I would highly recommend this hike early in the day.

Expectations were exceeded, and my mind was blown. How can a trail have such beautiful views all the way through, in and out? Me and 4 others arrived at the Sunrise parking lot at around 5:15am, and after going to the bathroom and making preparations, set off for the trail at 5:30. The beginning of the hike was beautiful to begin with, but it was even better as the sun rose. We took multiple stops for pictures on the way. We arrived at the lookout at around 8:00am, ate some food, and departed at 9. Definitely bring bug spray or some sort of repellent; I left the lookout with 3 bug bites, all on my face. After coming back to the lot at around 11:30, I had a total of eight bites. Our group also noticed the massive amounts of people that start to arrive during this time; I cannot stress enough that you have to come to this trail early, or else you'll be bombarded by tour groups and such. Overall, a wonderful experience, and I'll definitely do this hike again.

You cannot ask for a more diverse and beautiful hike. AMAZING

ABSOLUTELY NEED BUGSPRAY. Honestly the buggiest trail I have hiked yet this year. Like others have said, make sure you take the trail clockwise. Best hikes in morning or early afternoon. In the evening the sun sets right behind the mountain and gives poor visibility for photos:viewing with the glimmer of the ice off of Rainier’s peak.

24 days ago

Arrived at the TH around 8:30am with a decent amount of cars in the lot- but still available parking. Start the trail going clockwork se from the picnic area, that way you are facing Rainier during the hike, and not with your back against it. Gorgeous views throughout the trail- very scenic with lots of wildflowers. Trail was moderately trafficked. Stopped to have lunch overlooking Dewey Lake. We didn’t go down to the lake but will definitely check out next time. The bugs are terrible this year so I would recommend bug spray!!

Fun Hike. Views of Mt. Rainier keep getting better and better, hike to third Burroughs if you can. No matter the temp in the valley bring a jacket and or a sweater, pretty chilly at top especially with the wind. Highly recommend.

Amazing views. Still some snow but melting fast making a few parts of the trail muddy and slippery, so plant your feet well before taking the next step. Saw a deer grazing. A few places with some steep elevation but doable (I have bad knees)

A wonderful hike. We arrived to the sunrise parkikg lot around 730 am and were greeted by several other hiking adventurers. The trails are well maintained and marked. For myself this was an easy hike, but can see why its rated as moderate. Make sure to put on lots of bug spray, and sunscreen bc there is no tree coverage on that particular trail. I managed to escape with only one insect bite from the whole day.

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