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The waterfall is about a mile and a half into the trail, and it did not disappoint. Pictures don’t do it justice to how massive it is. We thought that would be the highlight of the hike, but the meadows up in Spray Park itself were unbelievably beautiful. Even with the haze, Mt. Rainier still showed through and acted as the perfect backdrop to our time in the meadows. We didn’t see any wildlife, save for the absurd amount of mosquitos! The road leading up to this hike (and Tolmie Peak) has a few rough spots but overall is pretty darn passable for a gravel road.

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5 days ago

A fantastic experience heading back to Spray Park today. Make sure you keep going past the meadows for some amazing alpine and glacial exploration. Not too difficult and quite otherworldly!!

It was extremely foggy, making it impossible to see anything at the view point. But still so worth the hike. We were able to climb up to the base of the waterfall from the spray park view point! Definitely my favorite waterfall yet!

Gorgeous hike! This hike is full of beautiful falls, bridges, wild flowers and views of mount Rainier! Loved everything about it....except the bugs:))) Bugs we’re annoying. As soon as you stop moving, they attack you:(

Loved this trail as a sunrise hike! We started at 3am in the dark, armed with our headlamps, and had no trouble staying on the trail. Follow the map or other people’s recordings and you can’t go wrong. It was an easy hike until the last half mile or so up the spine of Skyscraper which has quick elevation gain and some loose rock. No scrambling required though and no snow at the moment. Bring a layer if doing a sunrise hike! It’s chilly and windy at the top!

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18 days ago

My first hike in Washington and now I’m hooked. It was beautiful. Covered in wildflowers, relaxing waterfall, creeks all over. The trail was well kept. Pockets of steep climbs but overall moderate. Worth the climb! Once you reach the meadow at the top there are a ton of cool little trails to adventure on!

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.

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20 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.

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26 days ago

Just yesterday I did this trail solo. It was more than I had ever imagined it could be. The views are so amazing! It’s absolutely worth the pain in the legs. I want to go back! Also the road is not closed, it’s about 17 miles of gravel bumpy dust road. Get there early cause it’s a popular place to be.

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.

Great hike and only a fraction of the people who go on the tollmie peak trail. We were at the trailhead at 10 o’clock Which required a .75 mile hike to the trail head.

Avalanche release the peak now

Think of this trail as a trail with multiple options. The first part, up to Frozen Lake, was an easy hike, as long as you don't fear heights. From there, there are multiple options including Burroughs Mt. and a return loop to Sunrise. Then there are 3 peaks to Burroughs Mt. At the first peak you have an option to take another loop back to Sunrise, continue to peak 2 or turn around and return to Sunrise. The hike from Frozen Lake to Peak 1 is fairly steep and had some snow but nothing to worry about. Then you go down hill and back up to peak 2. The most difficult part of the hike was between peak 2 and 3. It was fairly steep and a couple of large snow fields. But the view at the top was worth the hike. Overall, I'm glad I did this hike and recommend it. But you should be in good shape. Some of the inclines are steep and challenging.

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1 month ago

Hiked this yesterday. Lots of stuff blooming now. Switchbacks are hard work if you're not regularly hiking.

Beautiful hike! We hit some pretty bad mosquitoes while down in the trees, but they were absent up in the meadows and higher.
Great views, fun glissading, a chilly polar plunge and very patient Park Rangers made for a very rewarding hike.

wildflower still not blooming, trail great shape, snow in the upper meadows should be perfect in a month or so

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1 month ago

Wonderful afternoon hike on July 7th. Unfortunately we had to cut it short due to dinner plans so we turned around about half a mile past Frozen Lake. I intend to go back for the full course. What we did cover it was beautiful even though it was a bit overcast. It was moderately crowded with serious and tennis shoe hikers alike. Get there early to find parking. It gets full quickly on weekends.

We did Spray Park Trail for the first time this season today. This is the trail that hooked my family and I on hiking. Beautiful hike. Didn’t see any bear this time but we did see a mountain lion on the gravel road about a mile prior to Mowick Lake and the Spray Park trailhead. We let the ranger up at the campsites know.

Hiked to Burroughs II today. Had a few spots on the way up between Frozen Lake and the top of Burroughs 1 that you had to cross some snow but fairly easily handled with hiking boots and poles. Others were crossing in tennis shoes with little difficulty.

There was 2 places with snow between Burroughs 1 and 2. The second of those was wider and more difficult. We were able to navigate it but my 8 year old got nervous and said that he didn't want to do it again with snow like that.

Overall had a great time and you can't beat the views!

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1 month ago

Did Spray Falls/Spray Park yesterday on the clearest day of the year. it was AMAZING! Mowich Lake road is in great shape to get out to the trail head. We didn't see snow until Spray Park and it is sparse until you get deeper into the Park. We stopped to have lunch with the view and it was incredible. Some flowers are starting to bloom. All in all - the trail is ready for anyone to enjoy. I'd recommend getting an early start to beat the heat and the busy-ness. We started at 10am and got done with everything around 1:45pm (with stopping for about 30 minutes at the falls and 45 minutes at Spray Park).

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1 month ago

I wanted to hike this trail last year but it caught fire so this year i had the opportunity to hike through the burn. Sad is may seem that all of the pristine forest has been reduced to black burnt-out standing timber, there is an eerie beauty tone seen up. And it’s amazing even after only a few months the forest is starting to regenerate! So glad I took the time to hike this trail!

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1 month ago

As of July 1, 2018: started in the morning from Mowich Lake campground. Flowers still haven’t bloomed as there is much snow still left on the fields. Definitely stop to check out Spray Waterfall. We went on a somewhat cloudy day and got a bit lost in the clouds heading to observation point but on the way back views were spectacular.

Set out on 4th of July. Started around 8:15 in the morning and crossed paths with just a few people. Both lakes were beautiful. Some patches of snow still, especially if you’re going all the way to the gap. We did it, but there was a sketchy patch with just hiking boots. Clear views of Rainer, Adams, and St. Helens if you do the whole trail to the gap. Worth the time and effort!

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1 month ago

did this hike today and the last ~1 mile is still snow covered with lots of fog. we turned around at 3.6 miles because the fog was thick and it was hard to find the trail in the snow. i would recommend a stick or poles for balance on the snow. we saw a bear on the way back about .3 miles from the start of the trailhead in mowich

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1 month ago

The road to Mowich Lake was still closed so we had to walk 5 miles up to the trail head. There was still a lot of snow on the road but none on the trail. Because of the extra 5 miles, we only made it to Spray Falls. But heard later that the trail up to Spray Park was covered in snow so it turned out to be for the best. I highly recommend this trail. the views from Eagle Cliff are amazing and Spray Falls was beautiful. I think going when there is still a lot of snow runoff is best. There were several mini falls along the trail and Spray Falls was amazing.

We loved this hike. I wouldn’t recommend bringing kids to the peak. The path is narrow, but the hike up to the lake is perfect for older kids 8+. Swing by both lakes. Not too many people.

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1 month ago

Hiked up Spray Park Trail and back! Was a beautiful hike, challenging at times, but worth it for the beautiful waterfalls!! The road up was open today 6/30/18 so we were able to park right at the trailhead! It was still snowy up in Spray Park and foggy/rainy so we didn't get any views of Mount Rainier this time, but overall still worth the trip! Only tough part, it goes downhill slightly first, then back uphill, so both ways have some uphill! I was TIRED by the time we started walking back so the hike UP to get back to the car was challenging!

We did the trail to the peak and lake late June.The trail to the crystal peak is 3.8 miles and to the lake is 3 miles. The route separates after 1.6 mile. The crystal peak trail has great view of the Mt.Rainer. You need little bit of luck to have clear sky and all breathtaking views. Trail starts in the forest and you will have clear views about after 2 miles. Both trails to the lake and peak are steep.If you wanna do only one of trails I recommend doing the crystal peak as you will have view Rainer and both upper and lower crystal lake.

Was very pretty very good work out but the end isn’t really worth the trek back up! The bridge across the river is washed out.

Road is still closed to the trail head, we decided to go down Paul Point. We will be back once it is open

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