Explore the most popular birding trails in Mount Rainier National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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6 days ago

Nice. Had a fox follow us for a bit. Great views.

Hiked a couple of weeks ago. Really beautiful hike. Great views of Rainier, wildflowers, the river, etc. Many places to stop and take beautiful pictures. Lots of wildlife too. Saw goats, plenty of marmots, and a marten. Didn't trek too much further past the camp - stopped and had a picnic on one of the big boulders instead. Highly recommend this hike but start early to beat the crowds! :)

We went on October 6 and encountered first snow! I.was glad for my hiking poles. We met hikers who went to the Gap, but we did not try it!

Amazing view!

Amazing hike. Only went to the second Burroughs but still totally worth it. Did the hike on 9/29 and even though the weather in Seattle was warm (low 70s) it was pretty chilly on the hike (low 50s). Also, I’m used to East Coast, low altitude hiking and even though I could feel a difference because of the altitude, it wasn’t too bad.

hiking
7 days ago

To quote someone we met at the top of the trail, “This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.”

Beautiful hike

Always amazing. I’ve done both counter clockwise and clockwise and love both ways. As stated before, go clockwise for an easier hike. However, go counterclockwise to get the hard part out-of-the-way first.

Loved this so much. Great for young kids. Tip: bring a flashlight for kids so they can explore inside the logs.

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