Nice trail. Towards the end the trail splits and hikers are pointed to the left which ends at a closes access road the real views are beautiful is you head towards Rainer and go straight and ignore the stone arrow.

Did 10.5 mi roundtrip and 2500 foot gain with Ron and Winchester and Gracie to the bench past the tower and this viewpoint.

Great steep climb. Good for a larger group because of the service roads used to climb to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

the middle third of the hike is a bit of a slog up an old road but the views to the north in that section are pretty incredible. rattlesnake ledge and my di all the way up to glacier peak and mt Baker. take the trail on the left just before the radio tower for a short hike to the south side of McDonald and take in an awesome view of My Rainier, there is even a couple benches
cobbled out of slash to relax on.

walking
2 months ago

Only few miles track, after that and access road, good vegetation and views

hiking
2 months ago

First 15min are best part of the hike. last 2/3 are an access road, not a trail

This was a nice hike. I would recommend hiking boots. Follow the arrows that someone kindly made. I will definitely do this one again when it gets nicer out.

3 months ago

Mostly uphill and fairly quiet. I only saw 6 people throughout the 2.5 hr hike. I would definitely do this one again.

Mixed Snow falling at top at 8am this morn. No view today. encountered one other party on trail. 2400 ft vert. and 4 miles to the top.

Still a bit of Snow at the top when I went on 4/10/17. Great hike though! A bit challenging as it's uphill most of the way. I was the only one on the trail, and there is some great views at the top.

hiking
4 months ago