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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.

hiking
8 hours ago

SNOW UPDATE...ROAD CLOSURE
Hiked this 10-14-17
Road closed 4.2 miles from the trailhead/Mowich Lake so be prepared to hiked 4.2 miles in snowy conditions. The snow levels will change obviously with the temps going up and down but here is what we expericed on 10-14-17
-Parked car at gate closure and hiked 4.2 miles in
-First 2-3miles was packed snow approx 3-4", you will walk in one set of tire tracks the first couple miles.
-At approx 3-4 miles in the snow is deeper 4-8" and the snow is no longer packed and you just have one tire track to walk in to keep feet dry.
-Last little section, maybe 15-20min, the tire tracks stop and you are just left with footprints to walk in to stay dry.
-When you get to the lake we expericed 1-2ft of snow around the lake basin. The actual trail to the lookout was completely snowed in and unaccessible (at the time of hiking this).
- We were bummed we couldnt do the lookout but were satisfied with Mowich Lake...its was AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL with the fresh snow and crisp air. Totally worth hiking 4.2 miles up to the lake. We had clear sunny skies and about 40 degrees so it was enjoyable since we dressed accordingly.
Get out and do this hike BUT be ready for snowy conditions and a long hike in the snow. We pretty much power walked it up and it took us 2hrs and a pretty fast rate we hiked.
ALSO the last 10-20 min of the road up is an absolute pot hole nightmare. No snow on this part but just a ton of pot holes. Any car can make it up (we had a tiny car) just take your time and try to serve around them.
Get out there and see it with the snow its amazing!!!
I'll have photos in in the coming weeks of the hike on IG if anyone is interested @mpackmore

hiking
6 days ago

High Skyline is my personal fav point in this trail... don't miss out on this one...

hiking
6 days ago

Seems like most people on here came for Tolmie Peak, but did this one instead because the road was closed. A little disappointed given I've seen better views of Mt. Rainer, but I got a good workout in. If you are looking for great views make sure you do research on whether or not trails like Tolmie Peak aren't closed off because of the snow. I still got great pictures though! Just wish Tolmie Peak was open!

Did this hike on Sunday 10/15. Took about 3hrs up (with a couple nice breaks) and 2 hours down. Fall colors are very nice, snow starts about halfway up the trail and it’s probably a few feet at the top. However, the trail is packed down pretty good. I didn’t use spikes but saw other people did. Tremendous views at the top of Rainier, Adams, and Helens.

Pretty simple. Clear marked paths. Loved the snow. It wasn’t deep and was slushy on the way back. Great wide open area once you get to the top with of course.. amazing views!

I’ve hiked this trail 3x’s and every time you see something different. Spectacular views and amazing wildlife can been seen on this hike. My girlfriend saw a bear the last time she was on the trail. It is a more difficult hike but, worth every drop of sweat.

hiking
7 days ago

This is a short and easy hike which I took as an offshoot of the Silver falls trailhead at Ohanapecosh campground. It's a beautiful hike through an ancient forest and a must do!

I have to give this a five star rating because it is perfect for all skill levels including the elderly and young children.

The trail is accessible from Loop B within Ohanapecosh campground. It's very well maintained and mostly covered by a canopy of old growth forest.

Within a short distance their is a side trail to the hot springs. The waterfall is beautiful and refreshing. You can choose to go beyond this point to Grove of the patriarchs as I did and recommend.

I rated this hike at 3 stars if this is all your going to do. It's nice but not all that rewarding. You'll receive greater views and rewards by continuing further to Silver falls and Grove of the patriarchs.

Did this trail in the reverse direction camping at Sunrise Camp for the night and continuing up and over the ridge on the second day which afforded us much better views given the weather. We tried to do a side trip to Fremont lookout but the fog rolled in. There was about 8 inches of snow at Sunrise and much more as we got higher and more exposed. I'd recommend having some traction and maybe even snowshoes after this point in the year. But those views were amazing on the clear day, it felt like Rainier was right in our faces.

Beautiful, easy trail! Multiple lake views, a scenic bridge overpass and if you're lucky a stunning view of Rainier. Go clockwise for the best views of the mountain. 3 inches of snow when hiking it yesterday, which was a surprise. Bring your hiking boots and leave extra socks/shoes in the car as there are some heavy runoff puddles at the end.