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Loveeeee This hike. Even In the fog and rain, it’s was beautiful.

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4 days ago

Such a beautiful hike. The road was bumpy but definitely not as bad as we anticipated. Need good hiking shoes (not regular sneakers) as there are lots of rocky parts, tons of tree roots and some muddy parts as well. Started the trail at 8AM on a Monday and had the trail and the fire lookout completely to ourselves! Didn’t see anyone until we were on our way down. The view was stunning! Definitely recommend this hike!!

You can add four miles to hike and start at the bottom where the road is closed. Don’t waste your time. Most is through burned area. Much better options around.

hiking
5 days ago

Absolutely worth the hike to get the awesome view up at the fire tower! Definitely feels longer than you might think at times. Bring some food to replenish & plenty of water. Had no issues with parking or bugs when I went over labor day weekend 2018 - arrived around 9:30am. We spent our time after the hike over at Mowich lake for the rest of the afternoon. Great way to relax and enjoy your accomplishment.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail. Road to the trail head is very bumpy, but I was able to make it up there with a VW Jetta. Easy first mile, the last mile and three quarters is definitely a climb.

We hiked the trail for the first time today and really enjoyed it. We were not prepared with the right gears and got soaked all the way up ! Hale and heavy rain. It is definitely a long long ascent and very steep ascent to the summit. We really enjoyed it tough!! The way down is tough due to the loose rocks. This trail is harder than mailbox peak in my opinion. One of the dog hikes with us and he did fine. A must do if you want a nice Sunday challenge.

hiking
9 days ago

Wow what an amazing hike! The scenery from start to finish is beautiful, and the ending is definitely worth the effort, resulting in a superior view of Mount Rainier.

hiking
11 days ago

Stunning hike that starts by a lake. The first mile or so is extremely easy as you’re either walking on flat ground or heading down. The second half gets far more difficult with the elevation gain. Both lakes are beautiful but Eunice Lake is far more visible. Once you make it to Eunice Lake the trees open up and you can see the fire lookout perched on the mountain. The fire lookout itself is beautiful and has an amazing 360 degree view. My only complaint is the 16 mile gravel road that leads to the trailhead which feels like it will destroy your car. Also $30 for a week pass to the park is a little steep (when I highly doubt anyone goes for more than 1-2 days).

Stunning view from the fire watch tower! The drive up there is the worst part. It’s an hour of driving on gravel. It costs $30 since you’re in Rainier National Park so have cash or a check ready OR visit the ranger station. The lake is a nice way to cool off during the hike

First hike ever. The ends justify the means. I almost gave up if 3rd of the way to the end, met some hikers that convinced me to keep going and wow was it worth it. Definitely recommend this hike

hiking
20 days ago

Loved this hike! It's true, the road is rough, but shouldn't deter anyone who wants to reach this incredible outlook!

We arrived at the trailhead around 8am and had plenty of parking available. We spent a rejuvenating time at the top, taking in the spectacular panoramic view with not a cloud on the horizon. We were back to our truck by 11:45 am and were stunned by the parking mayhem!

No problems with bugs or critters! Advice... Get there early!

20 days ago

Watch out for that last 800'!

hiking
20 days ago

This hike is rated as hard which I do not agree with. It is a fairly consistent grade going up and the top is a boulder field, but the trail switchbacks so many times and has stairs built into the rocks for the harder parts that I would recommend this to all levels of hikers. This took my wife and I about 3 hours up going fairly slow and we made it down in about 2 hours. It’s a nice little hike and if you are a beginner just take more breaks. There is nothing technical about this hike.

hiking
20 days ago

This trail was amazing. Once you reach the opening through the trees and can see the fire lookout, be sure to back track and find a path breaking into the field to work your way closer to the lake before the ascent to Tolmie Peak. It is 100% worth it!

This trek starts out relatively simple and only becomes more strenuous at the very end; however, the view of Mt. Rainier from Tolmie Peak is definitely worth it. Even if you wanted to slow down, the bees will keep you hustling to escape their buzzing roar. I in fact did get stung on the nose during the trek up so prepare yourself mentally before you set out—and this was in the AM. Have fun regardless!

Awesome sunrise spot. I started the hike at 5:15am and got to the fire lookout an hour later. No bugs during this time (or crowds), with beautiful lighting as the sky changes colors and the sun lights up Rainier. The 11 mile gravel road coming in sucks, but the hike and view are definitely worth it.

Outstanding views, well worth the simple, short hike to get to the Fire Lookout at the top.
Just Do It!!

hiking
22 days ago

Trail is easy to follow and maintained but it is pretty steep and it’s made of about 80% loose rocks which made it hard on the knees. The other part I didn’t care for was I could hear the interstate almost the entire time until I reached the last 1.2 miles. So it wasn’t really a peaceful “nature” escape from the city life but it was still a nice day hike. Heard a couple woodpeckers and even picked a couple huckleberries. Started at 10am and hit the peak at about 12:30. I choose a poor day to go because the top was nothing but fog but I got a few nice views on the way back down once I climbed back out of the mist/fog. I only saw a couple people on the way back down so foot traffic was almost none. It was a good, hard, work-out but definitely could have been in better shape before I tried it haha my dogs loved it and were pretty tired by the end.

Straight up through the woods but worth the effort. Solitude is bliss

Good trail. Definitely and up and back route. Up, up, and up. The trail was reasonably dry except for the water on the brush that is encroaching on the trail in spots. We got quite wet brushing by them but it dried quickly in the sun and there was plenty of that as we reached the summit. A lot of rock and scree. Great views at the top.

hiking
25 days ago

Such a magical hike with stunning views at the top. We hiked this trail on a moody day (read: mostly cloudy and misty) and it was still incredible to see Mt. Rainier and the surrounding mountains half concealed by clouds. Beautiful views of two lakes.

This hike is an easy one for anyone who is moderately fit - even for beginning hikers, this trail is definitely doable with a little bit of effort. My only complaint was the crowd at the top, but it's relatively easy to get away by taking a little side trail on the ridge of the Tolmie Peak. Still the same beautiful view with less people around (but more of a steep drop off the edge).

hiking
26 days ago

Early start, around 7am. Took the first trail, thinking I could shave some time off, but couldn't find the cutoff to the ridge climb. What I found was what looked like an area where there has been some work on the hillside. Lots of footprints going up, along with lots of tree tags, rope lines, hollowed out tree roots, and trash--a real mess actually. I took a rock pile as a marker, but there was never a clear trail. I guess it is better to go to the second trailhead. I'll try again another day.

Returning to Tolmie peak.....after 45 years. Arrived @Mowich lake@5:30pm 8-18-018 with the intent to make it to Tolmie peak before sunset.Headed off on the trail @ north end of Mowich meeting many people on their way back down as I ascended up past Ipsut pass &on to Eunice lake where i stopped to photograph lake & then onward & UP ward towards my reward......awesome views of her MAJESTY the Queen of the Northwest.This less than a mile ascent from Enice lake to Tolmie peak look out is where our efforts reward BIG dividends.......multiple outstanding veiwpoints & opportunities for photographs.When arriving @ the lookout in the golden alpinglow.....the magical moments for photograpy, I capture the moment, recharge with a bite of food, dig my head lamp out of my pack & head back down @ dusk. This trail,once back into the forest canopy, has sections that require special care when hiking @ night due to areas of the trail with roots .....and areas of rock falls. But 2/3 of the trail is easily negotiated at night with good head lamp. Got back to Mowich @10:00......U FOR E A, will help me indure the miserable 15 miles down this dirt road &off this mountain.......which was a most memorable experience !

Total body workout. loved taking the Old Trail up. Cloudy at top but it was still so worth it.

Great hike with solid elevation gain, but if it is significantly cloudy it is not exactly a great view. Otherwise I’m sure it’s beautiful!

Great trail. Today was more of a get out of the house despite the weather days. It was foggy all the way up and rainy all the way down. Didn’t see much at the top but the hike itself is challenging and worth it.

Steep upward trail ending in a short climb over rocks.great view and fun experience.

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked this trail last year with my son (14 yr) and my parents (70 yrs). Absolutely breathtaking views. My son and I jumped in Lake Eunice before hitting the last steep incline to Tolmie Peak Outlook. The trail was well maintained and once at the top it offered a 360 degree view of Puget Sound. 100% worth it. We did not rush as my parents are in fair shape but still took our time. It was a solid day. As we were leaving around 5:30PM there were people hiking in for a view of the sunset. I would definitely hike this one again.

One of my favorite hiking trails in WA. It's good when you hike with a partner. unlike most of you, my best part was when I was going up the rocks. There's a booklet and a pen inside the mailbox! Don't forget to leave your mark ;) Finally, this trail is not suggested for people who haven't hiked before. It's rated as difficult.

Hiked mailbox this morning. Great day as the smoke cleared and temp was in the low 70’s. I did the new trail which isn’t as steep as the old trail. My tracker said about 6.5 each way. So don’t have 5 miles in your head as you’ll be disappointed. It does get tough when you get to the rocks. That last .7 miles is steep but great views. I didn’t really stop too much and it too me 2.5 hours to get to the top and 2 hours down. Bring lots of water and food.

I love it. No traffic, hard and beautiful view. Btw it’s very easy to miss trail. You need to be careful. Using map is best option.

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