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1 month ago

A short and pleasant enough walk that can be coupled with a return via the Sunrise Campground Trail or Sourdough Ridge Trail. The section to the lake doesn't offer as much in terms of views as other hikes around though, and if you have the time, I would encourage you to take a longer one. Wish we had the time to do that when we visited. That said,

Did it in thick snow

We did this hike starting from the Cougar Rock campground, following the Wonderland Trail up to the Reflection Lake and up to the Pinnacle Pass. On the way back, we followed the "Reflection Lake to Narada Falls" trail before taking the Wonderland trail back to the campground.
The views of Mt. Rainier from the Pass are absolutely gorgeous and on a bright day, one can nicely see Mt. Adams in the other direction. The hike itself was reasonably easy despite several large patches of snow (mid-July), which were not difficult to cross but some of them were in places where a fall could be dangerous if not fatal, so good hiking boots and poles come highly recommended. That said, we saw people hiking up in their running shoes, so there you go...
If you come to the Reflection Lake and have an hour or two to spare, this hike is a must. Definitely recommended!

Couldn’t make it up to the trailhead without 4 wheel drive and there was quite a bit of snow. Sure it’s beautiful though if you can make it up!

2 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday on a clear day. Lots of snow pack. LOTS of people. The views at the top are absolutely breathtaking.At this time of year it is actually not possible to hike the skyline Trail because it is completely snowed in, and there are a lot of drifts and bowls preventing reasonable navigation over all of the snow. However there is an alternative trail that everyone seems to be using that initially follows the skyline loop for 2.2 miles that takes you through Panoramic Point, then about a mile beyond that. It is all summit and all descent. There is one area about 2 miles in that is very steep, going up is challenging but doable. Going down glissading is the only option. Not for the faint of heart. Saw one guy hit his head, saw many uncontrolled slides. Must have snow shoes, waterproof pants and poles are a plus. If you ski, skis are a big fat plus for the way down

Highly recommend. Great way to see a lot of the varied beauty of Mt Rainier NP in a very short easy hike.

3 months ago

Beautiful views all along the trail. Nice chance to hit the Pacific Crest Trail.

We went in early November and the areas around the trail head was extremely crowded. We were surprised to see the paved trail during the first part of the hike. However, we’d highly recommend coming here and doing the full loop trail, including the upper skyline trail. It’s absolutely beautiful. We rode in from Seattle and even on a foggy day in the surrounding area, the trail was completely clear. We’d recommend hiking poles and layers during this hike (if you’re going the whole way) since there was snow on the ground at times.

The trail was covered in a foot of snow so unfortunately we only got about halfway before we had to turn around due to an avalanche that covered the path. We still had fun and loved the views.

4 months ago

closer to moderate than easy. some parts are quite steep, although the whole way is paved.

4 months ago

Snow shoes & route finding needed, shortly after breaking away from the Skyline trail.
Well worth the effort & braving the whordes at Paradise. Once in the moraine, don’t forget to look to the south, for views if Mt St Helens & Adams!

The hike up to the lake starts on an old road but don’t get discouraged, once you get into the trees the view is unbeatable. Lake George is beautiful. The water was clear and refreshing.
The hike up to Goblers knob is worth it, it has a wonderful 360 view.

on Skyline Loop Trail

5 months ago

High Skyline is my personal fav point in this trail... don't miss out on this one...

Beautiful, easy trail! Multiple lake views, a scenic bridge overpass and if you're lucky a stunning view of Rainier. Go clockwise for the best views of the mountain. 3 inches of snow when hiking it yesterday, which was a surprise. Bring your hiking boots and leave extra socks/shoes in the car as there are some heavy runoff puddles at the end.

Beautiful hike! Some snow in areas, it was lovely!

A steeper trail than I had thought, but maybe it was only because I had just finished the Skyline Loop Trail on Rainier earlier that day. Rainier was completely covered by fog that day, so I lingered around the area as long as I could hoping to catch a glimpse of the mountain. This is why I hiked Pinnacle Saddle since it offers views of Rainier. But none came. It was just a foggy day that covered everything. The hike was steep, rocky, and it left the treeline fairly quickly. The top of the trail had beautiful views of Pinnacle Peak but the surrounding mountains were not to be seen. On a clearer day, I'd highly recommend this hike for great views, but do it before hiking Skyline! I was tired before I even began this hike.

5 months ago

The only reason keeping me from giving this trail five stars is that Ranier was completely covered in fog that day. It was impossible to see the mountain from any angle along the trail. I was able to catch a glimpse of Nisqually glacier through the fog at one point, but overall my hike was dominated by marmots, grassy slopes, steep alpine sections up to the overlook at Panorama Point, and beautiful wildflower meadows with trickling streams and looming trees out of the fog. It was still so beautiful! From Panorama Point, I looked out at...nothing but fog! The sign describes all the mountain peaks you'll see from there, but that day, nothing was to be seen. It was also quite cold at the Point. Highly recommended hike but maybe when it isn't so foggy!

5 months ago

The day and time I went though was a bit dangerous. It was really icey and i slid couple of times. A rock tumbled from a cliff out of nowhere and it barely missed me. Besides all that craziness, I saw a pika and a blacktail deer while I was on this trail. The hike is worth for its scenic views!

Lovely easy hike, frost and some ice in the shady parts, beautiful views are always stunning no matter how many times I hike this.

A beautiful hike! Beautiful views considering it's rated as easy. I went clockwise as suggested by many others here and I'm glad I did. This way you're walking toward Rainier instead of having your back toward it for the majority of the hike. Lots of fall colors right now too!

Great for the family!

Nice hike, deep forest almost the entire way with great views at the top. Could use a little stewardship for the first 1/5 of the trail as it has really overgrown and there is a large bee hive right on the trail about 2/3 of the way up.

Beautiful hike — what’s not really clear in the description is that only half of it is pet friendly so if you start on the National Park side it is a very short walk to the trailhead where it says no pets and you head back to your car. The national forest side however allows you to bring pets with paid parking or ATB Pass. Please keep your pets on leash and children close as we saw two black bears in relatively close visual range on our hike and would hate for something to happen to them or your loved ones.

5 months ago

Beautiful fall color!

Geweldige maar best pittige hike. De herfstkleuren komen mooi uit op de trail. Je bent wel 4 uurtjes bezig maar dan heb je ook fantastische uitzichten.

Amazing views of Rainer and the valley along the whole hike! I couldn't help thinking that as I hiked higher "Oh man this view is better than the last!" Was not packed with people (like all of the Paradise trails) and ends with a stunning view of Mt. Adams off in the distance. The hike to the viewpoint has a fair amount of uphill, but nothing too strenuous, and then the way back down is a breeze. For me, it was the perfect amount of incline and distance, and was especially worth it for the views along this hike, so go all the way to the top. Highly reccomend!

Great hike, nice day. Easy enough for the whole family. No dogs allowed on trail. Primitive bathrooms at trailhead. Heard bear sighted near trail but never saw it.

I guess we are slowish hikers, but took about three hours to complete. Took clockwise trail for max Rainier viewing potential. Would definitely hike again when people come to visit WA, as would be good for a newbie hiker.

5 months ago

Easy hike on a warm day. 3 hours total with a detour down to Dewey Lake. Definitely hike clockwise from Tipsoo lake as the views are better - we did counter clockwise from the end of the trail on the other side of 410. Saw the Norse Peak fire smoke coming over the ridge at the PCT junction - crazy and awesome at the same time.

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