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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.

There are two trailheads for the lakes...one near White River campground and the other off highway 123. We took the White River trailhead. A steady, but not steep, climb through beautiful shady forests up for 3.5 miles until the trail opens to an alpine meadow. Another 1/3 mile or so takes you to the lakes. Wildflowers still abundant, and best of all, no bugs. Gorgeous view of local peaks at the top, very light traffic (we saw 5 other hikers during the entire, nearly 8 mile trek, on a Sunday in mid-August) This hike is a hidden treasure. Despite its 1610 foot elevation gain, the gradual ascent over several miles makes it accessible.

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3 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!!

Well graded trail 2/3 in the forest and 1/3 in the open alpine. Great views

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!

Hiked today (8/5), sunny and in the 70's. No snow.

We arrived at the trail head at 2pm and had no trouble finding a parking spot. We only saw a dozen people and had the trail to ourselves on the descent.

SO.. first off, the trail is actually 8.2 miles round trip (add it to the list of inaccurate distances in AT). I have to be honest, I hated this hike for the majority of it. The first 70% of it is switchback after rocky, rooty switchback until it opens up towards the final ascent. After that, it was more enjoyable and the views are, indeed, beautiful; 360° of surrounding peaks and enough room to enjoy a secluded snack at the top. We saw a few mountain goats in distance too! Then back to the unrelenting switchbacks...
All in all, I probably won't don't do this one again with so many other options in the National Forest with similiar, more attainable results.

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10 days ago

Gorgeous hike but steep as you turn up towards Granite Mountain (vs. going to Pratt Lake). Technical as you get into the higher elevations with rock scrambling needed at times. 4 stars b/c of the bugs, the higher you go, the worse they are - esp. towards the fire tower. Late afternoon hike that took approx. 5 hours due to the scrambling and awareness needed on the uphill and downhill. Once we got out of the technical sections we ran most of the way down. Total miles were approx. 9.5 up and back.

Hiked it today and it was beautiful. The wildflowers were out and not many people.

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13 days ago

Took the trail out to Lost Lake today (Thurs) and didn't see another person until I was almost back to the trailhead. Lost Lake would be a beautiful place to camp, I'm adding it to my list.

Started at 10:45am. Parking lot was about 1/2 full. Temperature was in low 60s at start and low 70's at end. Sky was clear and sunny. Hiking traffic was light, though there were 11-12 people at the fire lookout at 1:15pm. Mt. Ranier was visible, but in a bit of a haze which may have been partly smoke (from CA and OR fires) and/or partly low clouds from on-shore winds. Views to the north, east and west were pretty clear and magnificent as usual. Trail was in excellent shape, but dry/dusty. Alpine flowers were limited as season may have passed. Pond near the summit was almost dry, so need to carry enough water. I went thru 2.5 liters. Elapsed time: 2h 30m up; 1h 35m down.

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16 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!

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18 days ago

I love this trail ..... 2 weeks ago did it and started at 8:30 with EVERYONE else I guess
Today started at 7:30 and saw only a few on the way up and the “everyone else” on the way down :)
Up and down total time less than 4 hours.
Very dusty trail lots of bugs near the top. Bug repellent is a MUST.

Talus field fun! Such a great class 2 scramble, and it’s totally optional. At the loop, go right for the trail and left for the scramble, which takes you over the ridge to the firehouse. The granite’s got great friction, even with the moss. All trails has you going up the trail and down the talus field, which is what we did. Definitely go up the talus field and down the trail, i.e. do the loop clockwise. It is way more fun and faster this way. Took us just over 2 hours up and about the same coming down. The views are fabulous. The black flies, however, are awful. When you put the directions in your map app, make sure it tells you to get off at the right exit. Apple maps wanted us to walk 1.4 miles to the trailhead.

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21 days ago

Amazing hiking day. Got there 11am and back off the mountain at 5pm. The distances are a bit off. But it is 3.7 miles if you scramble up the front but there is a nice trail up the back which is 4.8 miles up and back.

Last weekend the mountain flowers were just starting so they should be great this weekend.

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22 days ago

Arrived to the trailhead at 8am (7/22/18). Air was a comfortable 57° with a slight breeze. This was a welcome start as 90° was the forecasted high. There are 2 streams early on but nowhere else for water along the trail until you reach the meadow which is almost to the summit. Everyone in my party carried 2 liters which was enough for us and one dog until opportunity to refill. We each drank 4 liters (twice as much as usual). This was definitely due to the extreme temperature. The trail was well maintained and easy to follow until there are multiple branches near the meadow. We stayed right for the summer trail too soon and accidentally ended up off trail for a short period until our route met up with the actual trail. There is one other section where it is easy to lose the trail once the snow starts. The summer trail actually passes over the snow but there is a well worn bare trail that continues too far right. After walking for a bit we realized we missed it and had to backtrack along with 3 other groups. The epic views keep you distracted through the final push to the summit. There is plenty of room to find a boulder to call your own for lunch. 360° views and Rainier is just gobsmackingly gorgeous. This is my 2nd time up Granite and I will do it again. It took us 3 hours up and 3 hours down. We had a smallish dog with us and took frequent hydration/photo breaks.

Amazing hike, micro spikes not necessarily needed. You can miss the trail about a 1/3 of the way up as it was covered in snow (being first one in the trailhead) hard to find fresh tracks, but it's an easy find back to the trail. Unbelievable views from the top though.

Great easy hike. Lots of cool bridges. I just wish I could have found a spot to hang my hammock.

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23 days ago

Amazing view Hikes on Saturday 7/21/2018 not too hot bugs are friendly this is our second time .
We stay for lunch for almost two hours pictures and video, we slow Hikers 6 hrs RT ( plus two hrs stay for lunch) it’s worth it

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24 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.

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24 days ago

loved this hike! Went on (7/21/18). It was a hard challenge! Took me about 5 hours round trip but it was worth the time. Views are awesome and It was pleasantly quiet for how many hikers where there, next time I’ll be doing the boulder scramble. Also recommended taking a left and trying lake Talapus easier but longer I believe around 9 miles

Went today and was gorgeous. Good to start early to avoid heat and get good parking. Definitely longer than it says to the lookout. Closer to 8 miles. Be aware of rocky trail for final 2 miles or so. Well worth the strain as views are incredible.

Hiked this 7/7/18 absolutely beautiful, loved being right by the raging water and all of the bridge crossings. Major bridge is crossable but at a slant. Parking and bathroom facilities available at trailhead.

Went today with the family.. beautiful weather. Not a lot of people. Was a little confused it said trail #1177 on direction but when we got there it was #1176, we just rolled with it and glad we did. 2 miles in we ended up at a lake (not sure if it's Echo or Lost lake) but if you keep going about a mile your ended up at another lake.

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28 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of variety, flowers in boom, and wildlife (the pikas were out in the first rock field). Instead of a long climb up to a peak then coming back down, this trail has several shorter climbs and descents broken up by meadow crossings and goes in and out of the woods (and shade). The scramble up to the upper flank of Brown Peak is very worth the effort, as there are great views. On the way in, we saw only three backpackers heading out, and saw only ~ 10 groups on the way out, which is vastly different from the hoards just up the road at Sunrise.
When we entered the park at 07:15 there were only a couple of cars ahead of us at the entry point (not yet staffed), but when we departed the park, there was a very long line of cars that looked like an ~ 2-hour wait.

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28 days ago

The hike is hard, especially with the steepness and steadiness of the switchbacks, but much worth the view! We hiked in June and there was still snow on top, making it hard to reach the summit without proper gear of grapples and ice picks.

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

Longer than expected but a great workout. The boulders were probably my favorite part, sooo much fun to scramble up! TONS of bugs though.

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29 days ago

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

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