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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.

This was a gorgeous fall hike! Took the recommendation of beginning counterclockwise and the views were spectacular! It is most definetly kid friendly! I took all 4 of mine and they had a great time. It was REALLY busy in some places, we just moved aside and let folks pass us!

We hike a ton, but this was definitely a challenge. The first 2 miles were relentless switchbacks with no downhill or even flat relief. Needless to say, our legs are sore.

Absolutely Beautiful! Hard incline for me since it was only my second actual hike but I did it and it was awesome. Met a few nice people too. At the top there is nice group camp site along with a well maintained bathroom. Definitely would be a great place to camp if you don't mind packing everything in and out!

An amazing hike, you will feel it in your legs. Lookout still under construction but should be done in a few more days.

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20 hours ago

Loved this hike! If you go clockwise, you’ll start with a pretty brutal climb that pays in beautiful Rainier views early on. Lots of stairs and rocky ground after the pavement is done so recommend good boots.

Lower Skyline across the snow field has a VERY steep decline. We made it across but wished we’d had ice cleats or something as we slid on the hill a bunch.

Last mile has fall colors to die for and waterfalls galore! If you’re not up for the full loop, recommend going counterclockwise to see the colors!

I have done this hike on day. Which was very pretty but to capture the beauty one must go at sunrise. We ventured to mountain at 4 am arrived Park 5:45 and headed off we got to lookout probably 45 min to hour. It was very windy and cold when arrived lookout. We stayed up there till sunrise about 7:15 and headed down.

The stars were amazing, my rainier in the shadows was absolutely stunning of course we could not capture those pics with iPhone. Then the sunrise was stunning as it came up the reflection hitting Rainier was stunning!

I would hike to see the sunrise every year here. There was no clouds in

Great for a day hike. Views are rewarding. Fairly easy along the route. The lookout itself is at the end of the hike and looks nice from the ridge half a mile before the end of the hike. Amazing views of mount Rainier and a couple of its glaciers.

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23 hours ago

Nice little trail, dotted with meadows & views of Rainier. The “faraway rock” overlook alone, makes this hike worthwhile. This trail is manageable for children 8+.

Wanting to get out to do some photography before the fall colors are completely gone and replaced with snow, I went up for a solo hike on the Naches Peak loop early Friday morning, starting at around 6:15AM to get the sunrise reflection of the mountain in the lake. The hike was beautiful, the mountain stood out clearly (as did Mt. Adams, I believe it is), and the trail was in great condition. In the morning, wildlife was visible (saw some deer, and others saw a black bear wandering, but unfortunately I missed it). As the day went on, the trail began to get much busier with people hiking, and lots of hiking with kids and dogs. The hike is very easy, but the views that you get are great. Plus, as a added bonus, it's always awesome to get up there and meet some new awesome people, which Friday was an excellent day for.

A fantastic hike on the best of weather days. This is a moderate hike and not hard by any means. Just take your time - allow a good 3 hours which allows for tons of photographic moments and rest. A hike like this shouldn’t be rushed anyways. There are no cliff crossings or dangerous places. Nothing to hold on to or stress about! No knife edge ridge lines or uncomfortable moments.

The only drawback are the crowds of people you face coming up from the clockwise trail. I recommend going counter clockwise so you have more time to yourself and it slows you to face the mountain as you ascend.

With that said...the mountain can change in an instant. Watching people ascend unprepared for the elements was frustrating.

We added onto the hike by following the Skyline Trail to the right .9 miles in. So instead of following the herd straight up...go counter clockwise and enjoy the snowfield and more real estate without the crowds!!

nice view all the way to the peak. Luckily see a black bear at the 15 minutes walk.

Short, steep hike up to a boarded off mine. The scenery makes this hike worth it, though.

So so gorgeous ! But if you hate incline almost 97% of the way than this will not be your best friend lol but it’s so worth it and peaceful at the top! Beautiful sunny day!

Beautiful views from every turn. A little ice on trail, happy I had my poles.

Perfect morning for this hike, parked around 8:45a with plenty to spaces left. Did the clockwise loop with our 4 year old and completed in just under 2.5hrs (with lots of snack breaks). Clear crisp day gave us lots of beautiful views.

9/29/18
Such a great time of year to see all the beautiful autumn foliage! The kids (10, 14) & I really enjoyed this one.

9/29/18 Short paved path to see the falls. Very pretty!

One of the best! Start getting into the snow near the top of comet falls, before Van Trump trail.

Loved this hike! Watched a proposal on top- the weather was amazing, view was great, go do it. Bring $30 cash or you will get a ticket. Good tires recommended as you must drive on a long and bumpy dirt road.

The road in is very good, only thing to add is it’s 7 miles instead of 6 to trailhead on 5270. Definitely don’t need your morning coffee on this hike as it gets your calf’s screaming and lungs pumping from the get-go. Trail is in good shape other than a few spots where runoff has eroded parts of the trail. A few frozen areas on the trail as the temperatures are dropping and very little sunlight reaching parts of the trail.
I enjoy hiking for the anticipation of whats around the corner or over a hill and this hike had several. When you crest the small saddle towards Tatoosh lake and all you see is sky and then it opens up to a vast wilderness, rocky peaks, glaciers and Mt Rainier. Not much else needs said. There may not have been any colorful wild flowers but the colors of autumn were pretty awesome. Made it to the last lake and took a short break and headed back. Definitely a hike you can do in a day but plan on the entire day. I started at 9 and was out by 6. Nearly 14 miles if you do the entire trail and climb down to both lakes. Next trip, I’ll camp 1 night.

Went solo on this trip the last week in September in 9 days/8 nights. One needs a permit and there is an easy system to sign up on-line either through a lottery system in March or there are walk-up intermarry possibilities if one has a flexible schedule. Also, routes can either be clock-wise or counter clock-wise in layout. The hike could be comfortably be done in 7 days/6 nights from a mileage perspective. I would rate this as 'hard' but not that 'difficult' in that there is +/- 25,000 ft. of elevation gain and loss for the whole hike, 2k-3K per day on average. It is hard as there is so much up and down. Hiking poles for me were a must. It is not difficult in that it is, during the summer months, a heavily traveled trek and the trails are generally well maintained and easy to follow forest paths. Each day you at going up and down at least one major 2K+ foot section between camps. With side-trips, the 93- 96 mile trek easily ends up over 100+ miles. I took the alternative 'Spray' trail in the northwest as this route is higher up, with closer views of the mountain. There are mountain goats, elk, dear and bear and, the ever present marmots. The weather cooperated, for the most part - 4 days of sunshine, 3 days of overcast, 1 day of rain and 1 day of snow (at 6,000 ft.). The temperature was in the 50s during the day which made for excellent hiking conditions, without overheating. There were no bugs and few people in the camp sites in late September. One is rewarded throughout with spectacular views of the mountain, hills, valleys and rivers as well as different scenery on each day as one heads through different sections and climate zones. In late September, the colors of the bushes change to fiery reds, oranges, yellows and purples - all providing a stark contrast to the bare mountain terrain they grow on. The Wonderland Trail takes one through barren outcrops, subalpine meadows, old growth forests, 'burned' out sections that are regenerating, talus fields and, of course, raging glacial river valleys which leave their silty/rocky deposits below. It is 'hard' because of the elevation gains and losses. All bridges were in place and markers in riverbeds were easy to spot as one navigated low lying sections. I enjoyed the campsites as they all have backcountry privies that are convenient and bear poles for your food/trash at night. In late September, there are few that you are sharing with. One of the pluses for this type of hike is that in each corner of the park, there are cache points to pre-stage food if you choose not to carry it all with you. Further, all campsites, save one, had stream, lake or other water sources near by so water for cooking and drinking was not a problem. Few trails of this length are as well laid out and maintained, with spectacular scenery, and this is the grand daddy of them all. Take the time - it is worth it.

This hike was amazing, the views we had of Mt Rainier were incredible. We started the hike around 7:30am, It is essentially just walking up 3 big hills. The weather was great, sunny with a few clouds near Rainier which moved away. The first two mountains we easy and direct, when we got to the bottom of the second there was a sign pointing left for Burroughs trail and right to frozen lake, it confused us a bit because we wanted to do the third burrough mountain so we just continued on up the third one, It did look a bit daunting but the views on the third mountain are the best! It took use about 3 hours out and back, we stopped a bit for pictures and to snack a bit. I recommend hiking early, there seemed to be allot of people starting their hikes at 10am-11 and this is when the clouds seemed to role in so they might of missed their chance for a good view. On the way back we saw a pack of mountain goats, and TONS of chipmunks.

Beautiful hike!

Amazing views but seemed a little more difficult than a medium as most of the trail was uphill. Great payoff though.

The views were incredible! Different lakes, a lot of fall colors and a view on Mount Rainier even if it was cloudy.
The road to get there is pretty difficult : gravel road and a lot of potholes for about an hour.

Absolutely gorgeous. Take the side trail to Myrtle Falls, and be sure to download directions for offline use ahead of time. No service, and the park is huge and easy to get turned around in.

hiking
5 days ago

This was a great hike with some great views when the clouds broke. Great shots of Rainier.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike though an ancient forest, we seen some very cool Red Cedar and Hemlocks. Great pic spot ant the suspension bridge.

Amazing fall colors in late September! The colors right near the visitor center were some of the most photogenic. As you ascend the trail, it's a good idea to turn around from time to time to see stellar views down to the river and across to the Tatoosh Range and Mount Adams on a clear day! We'd recommend taking the Skyline Loop clockwise with a detour to Glacier Vista. The hike up is pretty straightforward with good views of the mountain head on. Near the top, we saw a mountain goat next to a snowfield! The views from the trail beat out the views from Panorama Point, in my opinion. The footing starts out rocky on the descent before you hit the treeline but it's fine afterwards. We saw a couple of marmots on the way down. The second half of the trail also has some of the best photo opportunities with the mountain rising over a forest of bright colors. Be sure to stay on trail even if it gets crowded! Just take a pause to admire the view. :) We finished our loop in about 3:15 including lots of time for pictures. Check out nearby Reflection Lakes and Narada Falls on your drive out for more amazing scenery!

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