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hiking
1 day ago

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

trail running
1 day ago

Falls larger and better than expected

Beautiful hike, wet leaf litter and mud near the falls made it a little slow going, but well worth it.

Cal Magnus trail - is a good conditioning hike for other hikes. It is frequently used and everyone is very friendly. However, another hiker told me a while back a cougar was spoted. Some parts of the trail are very narrow. One area is a little tricky and a cable is provided.

Description is confusing, this starts on the Comet Falls Trail, then joins the Van Trump Park Trail for the last portion.
Was a cloudy day so didn't get to see the mountain but the creek and falls were motivational! Snow on the trail past Comet Falls. Late in the season and mid-week so not too many other hikers. Will come back next summer for the flowers and the views!

hiking
17 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
18 days ago

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

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

Truly my favorite hike in the NW- head left to Mildred point for an incredible view of the cascades, the dome and a chance to see some mountain goats. Adds another 1000’ of elevation and the last part is incredibly steep (hands and feet going up) but worth every step.

amazing views and the falls are awesome!!!

Amazing 360 view at the top. Great hike for being outside the national park and dog friendly. Road is gravel and bumpy all the way but low clearance cars can still make it. We hiked it 10/20/18, No snow sunny beautiful clear day. Fall colors were starting to die off but that didn’t change the view at the top. Great hike and view for short distance.

One of our favourite hikes we've done! The drive up through the trees in fall was fun and while it takes a little time, well worth the effort as you get some impressive views on the way up.
The hike itself was relatively short for an AMAZING reward. We saw Rainier, St Helens, Baker, Olympics and Adams all in 360 panorama. You get a perfect view of the Rainier glacier, without a ton of people around.

One my favorite hikes to take my dog on! The view on the top was amazing! Wonderful view of all the mountains!

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

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.

Loved it .

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

amazing hike and amazing views!!!!! the weather was perfect, saw 3 mountains. very bumpy road but totally worth it!

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful walking trails. We went on a crisp sunny autumn day and it really was idyllic! The entrance is steep and parking can be tricky but totally worth it! We brought our dogs and three young children. The pathway is muddy so wear appropriate shoes.

We were able to see a few remains of the town!

Such a beautiful hike- I give it a 4.8. It was harder than moderate and the road in was indeed bumpy but the reward was worth it.

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 Summit Lake on 10/6/18. Saw about 20-25 people the whole day. Lots of dogs on leash including ours. The trail is very well maintained. This is one of my absolute favorite hikes! We started up later in the day, hitting the trailhead around 12:30pm. We met people coming down who didn't have the opportunity to see Mt. Rainier earlier in the day. Our late start meant we were able to get some gorgeous peek-a-boo views of the Mountain when we reached the trail summit. Perfect day!! Yes, the road up is rough, but the parking lot was full so it is definitely not deterring anyone. Please remember to pack your trash out.

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!

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.

A nice moderate uphill grade. With an Alpine lake and early fall colors. It was an awesome hike

Trail is closed until October 1st for logging. A huge disappointment

hiking
1 month ago

easy hike. Knats are harmless, but if you stand in one spot for more than 10sec the large deer flies will bite you!

This is one of my favorite waterfalls with absolutely stunning wildflowers and a great view of the mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, not too difficult. Tons of camping spots, including one that overlooks the lake up top. The lake is strikingly blue, even on a cloudy day. Will have to return for a cloudless day to see Mt. Rainier from the lookout.

No toilet at the trailhead (people made their own toilet pits in the dirt), but there is a primitive toilet when you reach the lake. The trail is in excellent condition, but the road is not. Very rocky with potholes. I wouldn't say 4x4 or AWD is absolutely necessary, but clearance is. Even if you drive very carefully in a low clearance vehicle, you may damage the underside.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, different than the norm.
Not big on spectacular views of the mountain.
Mostly hiking in the forests.
The final four mile hike back up the hill to Mowich will get you.
This is a 22 mile out and back hike. Alltrails must use some Martian miles measurements.

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