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.

on Lake George Trail

hiking
19 hours ago

The initial 3.5 miles to round pass is underwhelming to say the least. Although, there were some nice views of the river and Mt Rainier about a mile in. Also, the amphitheater was neat to see. Otherwise just an old road path that’s been shut down to auto traffic. The additional 1 mile (0.9) to Lake George from Round Pass is where the real “hiking” began. I wouldn’t categorize this mile and elevation gain as “easy” but moderate. We hiked it the day before Memorial Day and we lost the trail about a quarter mile from the lake due to snow. We actually had to use our GPS on our phone to just wander in the right direction and hope we didn’t fall through the snow. We found it eventually and it was frozen over but still absolutely stunning. The walk back down the road was tedious and a bit boring so we jogged part of it. Lake George was this hikes redeeming grace and why it gets 4 stars.
This hike is good for older children or wearing smaller children in carriers, but be prepared to carry them 9 miles round trip if they don’t walk at all.

Beautiful and challenging hike with amazing views!! If you aren’t ready to tackle summiting Rainier, Hike to Camp Muir. You will not be disappointed with the views!!!

Posted about my hike to the Facebook group 'Washington Hikers & Climbers' a couple days ago.

hiking
3 days ago

We were aiming to do Spray Park but the last few miles to the trailhead were closed down so this was an alternative. There is not a lot to see on this trail -- uninspiring is definitely a good way to put it -- though it's quiet and clean, and through the trees you can catch a glimpse of Ranier peak once in a while. There are a few switchbacks, but you're essentially hiking downhill initially. There was also still some snow when you crossed the creek.

At the trail junction (or turnaround point) there's an option to head back up to Mowich Lake via the Wonderland trail. The last 1-1.5 miles of the Wonderland Trail was still under snow, and there are no trail markers anywhere except at the trail junction between Paul Peak & Wonderland, so I wouldn't advise pushing through.

Trail does not lead to a suspension bridge. Or anything close to resembling one.

Best done with skis especially for the descent. This can be quite crowded on the weekends. If you have the knowledge and are properly equipped, enjoying a sunset at Camp Muir then skiing back to Paradise before full darkness can be spectacular. Always be aware of the hours posted for the gate at Longmire as they lock it to all traffic both up and down in the winter.

Fun little hiking adventure today with just a little “off-roading” due to the trail not being maintained. This app kept us on track but a couple groups of people who we passed along the way either didn’t find the bridge or wasn’t able to cross the river and claimed part of the trail had washed out. We made it though! So, for the specifics...The first part of the trail is gravel road and got a little warm in the direct sun but easy trekking. The trail then goes into the forest and along a riverbed. You follow the river for a little ways and have to end up crossing it in a couple spots (it’s unclear where to cross - up to you, although there is a helpful log or two). The trail is a little unclear in the riverbed area, but as another review below, mentions, watch for the markers in the trees and/or the stacked rocks to see the forest re-entry points. The rest of the trail is mostly straight forward. The bridge at the end is better than expected! Super high up! Glorious view of the mountain on the far point of the bridge. On the way back, we tried to avoid the river (my sister’s feet weren’t loving the rocks), and instead, forged our own trail a bit (I think the original trail was not supposed to go in the river bed....but the trail washed out in a small part so it got rerouted through the river). That was a little hairy forging our way. Just recommend coming back the way you came! Enjoy!

Can't get to comet falls as of 5/18, but can get close! Fantastic trail regardless, worth it even without getting to comet for now.

Nice trail, kind of far from the view of the lake though. Wish there was a way to get closer

This IS a tough hike if you're not in shape, but if you're a '2-3 hike-a-weeker' you should have no problem. The 8.5 mile roundtrip distance isn't the problem....it's the 1,000ft. per mile elevation gain. You're nearly at a mile up at the onset so drink lots of water the night before you start and bring plenty and sip it often as well as tasty high-carb snacks. If it's a clear day, start early, gob on the sunscreen and apply often.... the Muir snowfield is BRUTAL on a hot summer day. Don't become depressed when your destination seems to keep getting further and further away from you the closer you get. It's the altitude making your boots feel like they're cinder-blocks. Try two little tricks for the 'climbers' use. Pressure breaths...blow out two breaths deeply then inhale one long deep one...about every 5 minutes or so. Also try climbers- step when thighs and calves are fatigued on steep areas: Place leg forward and put weight on the knee joint and step up straight and repeat. Take your time, you're not in a race....just maintain a steady pace. (I'm 65 and this does help me...it's good practice if you're having trouble with altitude and better than most) If you notice nausea or a migraine setting in, TURN AROUND and head back calmly. The mountain will still be there for another day. 9 times out of 10 you'll notice the symptoms disappear once you proceed to a lower altitude. Camp Muir itself is a reward. Congratulate yourself as you sit 2/3 of the way up Rainier taking in tiny Paradise Hotel, Mt. Adams and the valleys beyond. When you make it back down reward yourself with a great meal and brew!! ENJOY!

The meadow features flowers and glaciers. It’s like another planet, and it smells like laundry detergent. We saw bear and a mountain goat.

Incredibly amazing place to take your kids and learn about old-growth forests - land of 1000 yr old giants! We definitely will be back again soon. Just inside the park!

was a great hike 10 + dangerous because the snow in the end but we was crazy and we made it to the falls be careful the snow

This hike was completed August 2017

7.64 mile hike round trip! Mother’s Day Hike! Loved it!!! I would say moderate to hard- only hard because the trail is not maintained! Adventurous! Fun! Loved the rushing water!

hiking
13 days ago

We drove up the long grave road yesterday (5/13/18) to the trail head. The grave road is no joke and took us about 30 minutes or so, thank god I rented a SUV. But the road was closed about 5.5 miles before the trail head. We decided to walk up the road anyways to make it to the lake and trail head. A lot of people started to walk but most turned around do the the amount of snow covering the roadway. It was very tough and the snow was deep so come prepared but the lake is beautiful! It is iced over but amazing! We went to the lake and back to the car and it took about 4 1/2/ hours to do about 11 miles out and back.

on Skookum Flats Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Loved it. Worth the effort to climb the rock scramble to see the waterfall.

This is a great hike for kids and beginners such as myself. Easy, yet beautiful. The trees are astonishing!

I spent many Saturdays on this hike in the summer of 2017. This is a very peaceful and beautiful hike. We had a range of ages and experience levels with us and will for sure be back!

It is amazing what a month of snowmelt can do. We have done this twice, in July 2005 and again in June 2010, and the whole meadow changes and bursts forth with flowers in July... the snow is really cool to hike on too. Myrtle Falls as a backdrop is the perfect family photo op. I highly recommend the whole Paradise area, as it is breathtaking. Since this is a short trail, you should really do the whole Skyline Loop and go on up to Pebble Creek too. Enjoy!

My favorite trail is very beautiful.

The first 1/3 of the trail was free of snow, and started to be covered by snow and muddy after passing the Christine Fall.

Fun family hike with a few steep steps.

Gate to mowich lake is still closed to vehicles.

It was my first time doing this trail and it was pretty amazing. I got to the trailhead around 9am today (29April2018) and I never see anyone on the trail. The snow on the ground are easy to hike until you reach almost 1.5 miles out, then it gets deeper and steeper. I turned around due to low visibility (it got foggy). Will definitely going to do it again when some of the snow melts.

Went here about April 21, 2018
The snow was so bad that you had to park 5 miles from the trail head. We tried to charge ahead but as the day got warmer it was much easier to break through the snow and was difficult to progress. We didn’t make it to the trailhead because our feet were so wet and even the dog didn’t really want to go further.
I am not going to write a bad review for a place that I didn’t get to see but I’m definitely going to come back. Very long road before trailhead (note there was 5 Miles we would’ve had to walk) and had a fair amount of potholes.
Have fun!

1 month ago

So much snow and only made it just over half the way. Unfortunately we were not prepared for how much snow and how deep it was! Or we would have continued on if we had some snow shoes. Definitely going to hike again at some point.

An incredible trail that is well worth the hike. I was a bit out of shape so it was a little harder than I expected. We got up early so we could beat everyone onto the trail which is a great general rule if you want to keep at your own pace.

The views are incredible. One of my absolute favorite hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

so gorgeous...

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