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Mount Rainier National Park is located in west-central Washington and is ideal for hiking, mountain climbing and scenic drives. Most roads are open from late May to early October, which allow for both stunning views and access to a wide range of hiking trails and other sites. Hikers will find forests with cedar, hemlock, and fir trees as well as streams and wildflower meadows. On Rainier's alpine slopes, visitors will find firs, glaciers, and tundra. Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the most prominent peak in the Cascades, and it is covered by 26 named glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the continental United States. The mountain is popular for climbing, and more than half of the park is covered by subalpine and alpine forests. Paradise on the south slope is one of the snowiest places in the world, and the Longmire visitor center is the start of the Wonderland Trail, which encircles the mountain.

After parking it's a Long rode in until you hit the start of the trail head. But it's a beautiful flat walk and the old growth on the trees are amazing. Once you hit the trailhead it's a casual slope and then lots of switchbacks. Beautiful water fall and fun little log bridge also are great to see as you make your way up to GreenLake. Trail was really wet and lots of water flowing down the path as we were going up so wear waterproof shoes. But the lake was so calm, like glass. We climbed out on the logs and had lunch. A must do that gives you more view of the lake.

backpacking
10 hours ago

A challenging yet rewarding hike. Uphill nearly the entire way but beautiful views of Rainier at several turns in the trail and peaceful solitude at the top. The fog rolled in as we made it to the fire lookout but on clear day the deck of the lookout would make a great spot to sit, eat lunch, and gaze at Rainier across the valley. We stayed overnight in the camper area (I think there were five spots plus bear poles to stow away food). I was hoping to get some shots of the Milky Way during the night but the clouds stuck around. All-around awesome hike for views, wildflowers, and peace and quiet!

hiking
12 hours ago

hiking
12 hours ago

Beautiful hike! Accidentally drove past the entrance for first time around so just keep an eye out for the sign once you come close on your gps. The weather was sunny and about 65 degrees. The trail was nicely kept and a good workout for the calves. Definitely recommend it!!

Went to hike this trail 6/27, and still no trail due to snow. Probably won't be accessible until at least late July, maybe August depending on how warm it gets up there. Tipsoo lake is still covered in snow as well.

Completed on June 22nd. The Road to mowich lake is indeed closed, and the park rangers did not allow anyone to walk along the road to mowich. So I was forced to hike Paul's peak for 3.2 miles, which connected with another trail leading to mowich lake. That totaled to 6.2 miles. From there, you walk about a relatively short distance to tolmie's peak trailhead. Be aware, the walk to the trailhead is a road covered in about 4ft of snow. Assuming you proceed, you'll find the trail to be dry for the first 2 miles with patches of snow throughout. The challenge begins during the last mile. You'll find yourself immersed in snow and will be completely dependent on footsteps left behind by other hikers. Carry your phone with you as you may need to observe the map for reassurance. The hike up was more difficult than anticipated because of the snow. I wore hiking boots with no microspikes. Once at the top where the lookout is, you are on dry land again. The view was well worth the trek. Hope this helps the next man or woman up.

hiking
2 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. The falls were amazing and probably my favorite part and I was in love with all the different native plants and flowers in bloom along the trail.

Easy fast hike, cool view of the canyon. South section of trail is currently inpassable due to fallen trees. Use as out and back.

Tolmie Peak Trail was closed.A park ranger told us it was closed due to snow. I wish the website would have mentioned it before we went into a 2hr 20 minutes each way drive for us. We did the 8 miles to Mowitch River. it was an ok view. Beautiful place

Easy hike to the falls...absolutely beautiful view of the falls during this time of year.

hiking
3 days ago

We went on the trail that goes up. Very steep. I'd do it again. But I'd considerate it more than moderate. Very beautiful scenery!

Amazing day... hit the trail at 7:30am so that I could be back before it got too hot! Made it to Muir and back in 5 hrs w/a 40 lbs pack.

I would recommend crampons or micro spikes! I use crampons and the worked great. The parking lot was a mad house when I went to leave, so I would recommend getting there early!!!