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hiking
2 days ago

Had a great 5 hour hike. Beautiful views even with the smoke from the fires. Monday wasn’t so crowded. The wildflowers were awesome.

Beautiful hike! Took about 3-4 hours in and out. Stopped a lot along the way to enjoy the views. Moderate incline going in. Good trail, rocky and rooty at the elevation. This was not a difficult hike but not for novices.

Amazing hike but little bit steep with rocky stairs and roots. Surprisingly it was bugs free! Parking was good.

hiking
3 days ago

Love this hike. Came here during the peak of wildflower season & was mesmerized by all the vibrant colors. I’d recommend cutting to Moraine Trail (no crowds & best views) & Panorama Point if you have time.

Great view! Beautiful trail.

Amazing hike and well worth the effort! Feels a lot longer than 3.2 miles. I would recommend trekking poles for coming back down the trail due to some of the steps. they helps steady you. trail is in fantastic condition and there were no bugs. parking sucks!

This review is WAY off on mileage. We hiked this today and recorded 2.2 miles to the falls ONE way.
Everyone’s comments are correct this is moderate to hard hike. Lots of stone and wood steps and rocky terrain, plus steep sections that are helped with switchbacks.
We pushed on the extra .75 miles up to the Van Trump part of the park. We had incredible views of Rainier even though it was a little smokey from the current fires. Well worth the extra push.
Parking got full by around 10 so come early. Then opened up again around 2:30. Bring lots of water on hot days.
Not that many mosquitoes, but annoying little black flies that didn’t bite.

on Skyline Loop Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Hike is great...app is incorrect. Not moderate hike!
W/C access...yes, straight up the paved trail...for a ways..rest is gravel. Beautiful

I hiked this yesterday and it was definitely beautiful. I never got tired of the views. Also, it is a short hike. The whole thing took about an hour and a half with lots of breaks.
I feel like the elevation listed here might be inaccurate because we had to take a lot of breaks and it felt steep. The way there is a little steep. However, I am pretty out of shape and it only took us 50 minutes to reach the lake.
The other issue was BUGS. The flies are miserable. When you are moving they are just a minor problem but as soon as we stopped to take a break they swarmed us. I didn't actually get bit by any, but I had to constantly swat at them. The mosquitos were pretty bad by the shady part of the lake as well.

Beautiful hike. Would love to go back and swim and be more prepared for the bugs. :)

One of our best hike, amazingly beautiful, love it.

*3.8 Miles to Comet Falls, the Trail winds next to the river, which provides ambient noise. Trail is beat down with roots exposed. Definitely well trod. Still, beautiful views!

Excellent moderate hike. a bit steep and rocky, runs along the river, several waterfalls and plenty of mist at the end to cool off with

One of my favorite hikes in mount Rainier during summer

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

I have been on a lot of pretty trails and this one was just plain hard. Lots of steps and tons of flys. The view was nice but you could not get to the lake like I thought you could. It was not long but took a while because of all the steps but if you stopped flys were all over you BAD. So if steps are hard for you this is not a good trail for you.

backpacking
10 days ago

great trail but was a rated as moderate is actually a strenuous hike according to the national parks society
Average time on this hike is 4 1/2 hours
Would recommend for a clear day can’t see anything in cloud cover
great wild life wouldn’t do without a lot of hiking experience and gear
Would recommend professional hiking gear because without it is quite dangerous

hiking
13 days ago

The best views of Rainier I’ve found, but in the heat of summer the bugs were out in force. You may need to reapply bug repellent and sunscreen. We met groups of all ages, but had plenty of trail time to ourselves as well. Definitely recommend trek poles for this hike, especially for people with bad knees.

hiking
13 days ago

Definitely a beautiful hike. You are able to get so close to Mt. Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier that it feels like you’re on it. The only issue is that on this app, the trail is rated as moderate, and at Mt. Rainier, they rate it as very strenuous. Moderate and VERY strenuous are two VERY different things in my opinion. I planned to hike this with my dad, almost 50 and with a bad knee, because it was “moderate”. Once we got there though, it was evident that it was harder than described, so we had to change trails. I’ve come across many trails like this on this app, where they’re rated way easier than they should be.. So be careful when selecting, and do your research. Otherwise, this trail is gorgeous.

Excellent hike. A lot of uphill on the way up but my kids did fine (8 and 10) and it was worth it for the views. Wildflowers all over and we saw a buck and marmot right off the trail. Go in the evening to see a beautiful sunset!

Beautiful views up and down, but definitely glad we did the Skyline loop clockwise as I believe this provided the best views of Mt. Rainier. We finished in 3 hours even with many stops for pictures, but can see where it may take others a lot longer because of the elevation gain in the first 2-2.5 miles. Some areas with snow and loose rocks can also cause a slow down. Loved it and would do it again!

hiking
15 days ago

Most beautiful falls but it’s a little bit steep. You should come early so that you have to take pictures. Because everything is so majestic!

Beautiful! Wildflowers will probably be in full bloom in the next several days. Definitely arrive early for parking and fewer hikers. We did the loop counter clockwise and found the climb much more gradual.

We did the hike yesterday, 7/27. We picked a sunny and clear day. We had hiking sticks, good shoes, and a bottle of, Off Deep Woods. It appears we survived the bugs without any bites. They were pretty annoying but could have been worse. I’m not an experienced hiker and I’m in average shape but I was able to do this hike. I am also scared of heights but managed as well. Nothing too scary. We did not encounter any snow on the actual trail. Lots of wildflowers along the trail. We also saw a marmots and ground squirrels at the top. The views are magnificent and worth every step to the top. We layed out a tarp and had lunch up there. On our way down we took a break and stuck our feet into the water trickling down one of the small waterfalls. It was harder going down. I highly recommend this hike.

Mt. Rainier rates this as moderate, I would say it is moderate short hike, with a lot of steep stairs and descending. If you have weak knees , trekking poles are a must. The lake views are amazing, lots of flys! I mean lots, the whole trail. We sprayed off deep woods 3 times and it really didn’t help.

hiking
18 days ago

LOVED this hike, the whole trail is beautiful. We had some wild flowers in the meadow. We had to tread abt a km of snow in small patches which was great. It can be easily done with normal hiking shoes. Would recommend a Hiking stick. We started towards Myrtle falls as it a gradual climb and then came down after panorama point. The trail is very crowded from the panorama point down .. Would do it again
Go early or late in the day as parking is a problem

Pretty easy hike, ended up running it. Stopped for lots of photos.

Bring bug spray!!!!

July 21, 2018. Awesome sceneries!

on Skyline Loop Trail

21 days ago

Awe-inspiring from beginning to end!

5 stars for the beauty of the trail but it’s very small good for kids

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