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.

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

hiking
19 days 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.

1 month 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
2 months ago

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.