13 days ago

Some decent views along the way, then turns into a service road after about 2 miles. Too foggy to see anything from the view @ the top today.

hiking
4 months ago

10/2/2017 (Monday) - In this cloudy and chilly day, I am the sole hiker on the whole route. There is no second person or second car at the trailhead. The first half mile is getting narrower and rugged because of thorny overgrowth and washouts, but one does not feel like walking on a service road like the higher 2 miles. If the weather is cloudless, one may get an awesome view from the opening in front of the radio tower, but I don't get the luck today.

This trail is beautiful through the forest with all the flowers and the views were also amazing. I would rate this trail a moderate plus, the trail itself was fairly smooth and easy going however there is a steady incline that was very challenging. Also this trail system is unmarked and has lots of different route options. We were never able to find the benches with the view of Rainier because there were so many different trail options near the top to take and were too exhausted to hike down all of them. Overall, this trail was a great workout but I wont be coming back a second time.

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

It was a fairly consistent uphill hike all the way up decreasing slightly toward the end. We just did the 2.2 as that is all we planned on. We saw three hikers coming down as we were going up. We also saw four bicyclists on our way down. It was a clear day so we were easily able to see Seattle.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Absolutely beautiful views of mountain ranges! I didn't see a single person on the trail. The only negative is that I ran into a snake 3 separate times! They weren't huge snakes but it made it so I had to be looking down at the trail instead of enjoying the scenery.

hiking
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Decent trail. I haven't hiked in roughly 3 years. I went with a buddy and it kinda kick our ass a bit. We were on a time constraint the weather was supposed to get nasty the afternoon so we did an earlier hike. We got to the top and back down in 3 hours with a few breaks in between. The view was great at the top! the Hike is definitely worth the view. I would not recommend first time hikers and small children. It's a lot of long straight switch backs. This would be a good hike for folks who have done a couple and want to push themselves to the next level. I hear parking can be iffy but we had no problems when we went.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Loved it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

It was a blast in the snow!

hiking
Sunday, July 26, 2015

A decent workout, 9 miles round trip and steady incline to the top. The trail is an old logging road and access road to the antenna at the top of the mountain. Well maintained. It would be fun on a bike as there are lots of side trails cutting through the woods. Good views from the top of the Olympic range, tacoma, and Mt Baker(?) to the north. A good winter time trail when all the higher peaks are Icy.

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