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hiking
1 day ago

The view at the top was good but crowded. My favorite part was the alpine lake near the look out point. The water was so clear and cold. I went in and swam to the other side where there was still snow. Overall would recommend if you are looking for an easy and short hike with a view of Mount Rainier.

Almost didn’t do this trail but so happy I did. You think you’re getting the best view about a mile from the top but I promise the last push is worth it. From the summit, you have a great view of Helens, Hood, and Adams. Pretty exposed trail but the views are worth it.

There was a point where you think that the hike is done by seeing the lake but then you realize that there’s still huge cliff to hike. It was hard for inexperienced hikers but very self-rewarding. If you don’t bring the national park pass then wait for a 30$ ticket that can be then used for 7 more days in the Rainier area. The lake was unfortunately pretty cold but the hike itself is really good and pretty :)

Amazing, had such a good time

Firstly: to get to the trail you have to drive about 15 miles on lose gravel. If you have a small car, you will want to go slow unless you don't care to spend money on issues that could be avoided because it is rough. If you have a car that is high off the ground and has the appropriate tires, then you may not have to go as slow but just be careful. Otherwise, this trail is moderate with some strenuous uphill sections, but the distance makes it doable because it is not very long. Trail is well kept, easy to follow. I did not have any issues with bugs or mosquitos at all. I mean there were just a few of them but it wasn't like there were herds of flies following me, although at the tower I did spray some just a few times. This trail is BEAUTIFUUUUUL. The lakes are gorgeous and it is so worth the effort and the drive!! It is like a hidden gem.

hiking
6 days ago

Great views of lake Mowich as well as Lake Eunice on the way up to the fire lookout.

view was socked in but it was beautiful on the way up. trail was well kept.

hiking
10 days ago

Went on Saturday 8/4 and it was busy! If you do a weekend get an early start or you’ll be parking way down the hill. Went from Mowich to Eunice to the lookout.

Holy shit, bring big spray. Bust out that DEET! We brought some hippie natural organic stuff and it did not work whatsoever. These mosquitos were of a different breed! Great trail, took my 60 year old Mom and she took her time and had a great day. Picnic at the top and hope Mt. Rainier is visible! Great hike, but bring that bug spray!

Stunning!! My guy and I had such a great time with this one. Lovely forested beginning which leads up to Eunice Lake. Took a dip in the blue green water and swam with the salamanders. Then up to the top to the Lookout. Wildflowers were starting to pop! The views...jaw dropping. And, we had it all to ourselves! BE WARNED: Bring bug spray, and not a natural one (which is what I wanted to bring). The bugs mean business up there!!!

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail and scenery! Bring bug spray.

hiking
12 days ago

One of my best so far. Beautiful scene. And if you want to see salamanders, go look inside the lake, you will see many of them. There are sooo many mosquitos, flies and bees. Bring bug spray unless prepare yourself to be eaten alive!

hiking
13 days ago

One of my favorite hikes by far! Hiked 8/5/18, got to the trailhead around 9:30 am for prime side of the road parking. Bring bug spray because those buggers are RELENTLESS!! But the views at the top at magnificent. Second time doing this hike and besides the road to drive to get here I have nothing but praise for this magnificent trail. It’s a pretty hard steep hike but totally worth it at the top. Make sure you get up on the fire lookout and see Rainier in all its glory. Day was beautiful and we spent about an hour at the top just taking into the view.

hiking
15 days ago

Great views

The scenery was amazing!!! One of my fave hikes!! We went for a swim in Eunice Lake, and the water temp was perfect!! Downside? Sooooooo many mosquitos!!!! We had bug spray with DEET and still got eaten alive!!!

on Tolmie Peak Trail

17 days ago

Great scenic trail. Easy to follow, passes 2 lakes.
Road up there was long but in good shape overall.
Go early to beat the crowds.

hiking
18 days ago

Bugs spray is a must, great hike though with amazing views. You might want to consider what you drive to get to the trail head parking. 20 plus miles of rough gravel road in a rental car was rough

excellent views bring bug spray

Totally fell in love with this beautiful view of Mt. Rainier. Crazy many mosquitoes, bugs, and flies and rough road for about 11 miles to get to the trailhead. But worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike, but the bugs were horrible. Might be best to do this hike earlier in July because the mosquitos were unbearable! Great views though!

Astonoshing views of Mt. Ranier!

Beautiful hike. We read the reviews and brought bug spray, the good stuff. Bugs still swarmed but only noticeable when you stop. Stunning views out, back, and especially at the top. My kids did great 14, 12, and 10. Easy peasy.

hiking
22 days ago

Incredible trail - starts off with a walk around Mowich Lake and then passes by Eunice Lake followed by a trail to the peak. No shortage of stunning views. The bugs were bad in the bushes but tolerable with some bug spray and a good breeze. Took about 3 and a half hours with a 45 minute stop for lunch at the peak.

This is an amazing beautiful hike, 2 lakes and a great fire lookout. it pushes you on the second half. I loved the rewarding view from the lookout. but if you slow or stop you will be attacked. All I can say is be aware of the attack that will happen from the mosquitos!! I had spray and kept applying hourly, they were horrible I was almost carried away and walked away with half my body covered in bites. You have been warned!!!

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike and more than beautiful views of Mt. Rainer and surrounding mountains. However, be prepared, the mosquitos are demon like and will suck as
much blood as they can out of you! The heat and no wind brought them out to feed. Bring more than one full can of bug spray but they may not still leave you alone. But if you can can stand the bugs. the hike is not too hard and worth all the views....

hiking
26 days ago

Great views of Mt. St Helens the entire hike! This trail is well marked and trafficked. Devil’s Elbow isn’t maintained anymore—it is blocked off and there is an arrow pointing you to stay on the Boundary Trail. Was able to see Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood in the distance while on Harry’s Ridge. There are wildflowers everywhere you look. Pretty exposed hike, so make sure you’ve got sunscreen. I got to Johnston Ridge Observatory around 9:30 and the parking lot was mostly empty.

This trial is beautiful buttttttt be prepared for a whole country of mosquitos to attack you.. also a few large flys/ bees will swarm around you the entire hike. We forgot bug spray so the hike up was rough but asked some kind folks at the top to borrow theirs and the hike down was a lot better. Honestly not sure why the mosquitos were so
hungry today (maybe the heat, and no breeze) but it was insane. THEY WERE RAVENOUS! Hike was worth it! Last mile is uphill but mount rainy looks beautiful at the top :) Have fun and bring bug spray!

MOSQUITO APOCALYPSE!!! I cannot emphasize how important a full can of bug spray is on this hike. We made it about 2 miles before we were about to turn back, however a couple nice hikers gave us some bug spray. Even fully covered in Deet, the mosquitos continued to harass like a biblical plague. As long as we kept moving, we wouldn’t get swarmed too bad, so we pushed to the lookout and were rewarded with both amazing views worthy of a 5 star rating and a reprieve from the blood sacrifice we had to endure. After a brief rest at the top we returned and continued to feed the bugs again. This trail will literally cost you blood, sweat and tears but the views are so worth it.

This is the most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on. We wanted to catch the sunrise from up top, so started the hike at 3am. Luckily there were no bugs, and the headlamps helped A LOT. Half way through the trail, we could see the mighty rainier and the snow over it was shining in the dark. Could see the milky way, it was the most beautiful sight ever. We made it to the top a little before 4:30 and it had just begun to dawn. It was very cold near the lookout, but we were well prepped. There wasn’t a single cloud blocking our view and we were more than ecstatic! I would very highly recommend this hike. There wasnt any snow along the trail (07/22)

This was my first hike in Mt. Rainer National Park and I fear it will be hard to beat. The view from the lookout tour is unreal, a screensaver. We were lucky enough to not have a cloud in the sky and we saw a bear cub and a few deer as an added bonus. My only complaints would be the gravel road leading to the trail head as it was a dust storm the whole way. Bugs were a buzzin' and there wasn't that sense of seclusion I crave due to all the other hikers but that was expected.

Very nice views of the mountain

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