blowdown
muddy
snow
8 hours ago

05/29/20, 65°f partly cloudy. Early in the hiking season and fitness wise, this was a moderately difficult hike for me. 4k gain in 3.5 miles means there's plenty of up. We had to strip boots off to ford the river at the waterfall as it was too quick and slick to cross. There wasn't persistent snow until the 2.7mi mark at 4900' but it was compact enough to take without snowshoes, crampons, or spikes. Poles are definitely a godsend on this hike! 7.1 mile hike took us just shy of 7 hours, slow and steady. A great fitness test for the early season!

Chris Barber- I'll be there in a couple of hours to let you know. Going there with a group of friends.

Great trail! Parking is on the side of the road for now. A little chilly at first but you get warmed with the hike. Lots of little waterfalls till you get to the main one! Beautiful to say the least! Well worth it. Kid friendly had my 9 year old with us. He was especially amazed by the color of the water, blue and clear! 05/23/20

Really great hike!

Is this trail and road access to it open?

hiking
2 days ago

May 28th - There is a bridge out at mile 3. You’ll have the option to walk across a log that would be no problem for the sure footed, but I opted to ford as the river was only about knee deep. At the lake there are at least 7 large campsites but we ended up having the lake to ourselves. Beautiful hike!!!

Beautiful trail! Kid friendly! Road to campground is closed but you can park on side of road!

Main entrance of the mount rainier national park is closed. The east side entrance is open however the actual road leading up to the trail once you are in the park is closed!

walking
muddy
3 days ago

My mom and I stopped once we got to the waterfall and turned around. Definitely an incline, but so incredibly worth it and gorgeous! I would probably bring hiking poles with me next time, but it was still tolerable without them. Some parts of the soil sink a little, so definitely make sure to have hiking boots for a good grip! Overall, not muddy since there is plentiful tree coverage, as you are in the middle of the woods.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

Patchy snow about 1.5 miles in, then larger snowfields for most of the rest of the way. I brought poles and microspikes and was very glad I did. Others with just boots couldn't make it up the slippery snow areas. Amazing views of Rainier for most of the way, and then killer 360 views from the top of all the major volcanoes.

hiking
4 days ago

Did this in the summer. Only a couple people there during the afternoon. Very easy with a beautiful view

This is a great trail for those with toddlers! Really simple hike in and out. Lots of shade from trees. There’s some large beaches on the trail that are easily climbed over or under. Not too heavily trafficked but it could be because of this whole Covid thing.

Looking for experienced partners to summit this summer! (Late June, early July). Anyone interested? Let’s talk! rubiodavid1981@gmail.com

Two summits the past two years, my number one piece advice for prospective summiteers is get in the best shape of your life. Second time I was in much better shape and it was WAY more fun. The best test I can recommend is, put 55 pounds on your back and get from the bottom of Mt. Si to the top in 2 hours or less. The following day, put 25 pounds on your back and get up in 1:45 or less. If you can do that without feeling like you are going to die, then you are ready. Enjoy this climb, it is otherworldly. Be thorough and methodical with your safety equipment.

hiking
5 days ago

Fantastic hike! You access the trail through the Ohanapecosh campground, but you’ll see the road into the campground is closed. You are allowed to park in the side of the road and walk in, since it is still open. It’s an easy hike with slight elevation changes here and there. Gorgeous views of the falls!!!!

blowdown
5 days ago

Great Hike! Some blow down but very manageable. Quite a few other hikers but trail is very wide and easy to pass. We put in at Ohanapecosh Campgrounds which were closed but short walk to trailhead.

hiking
off trail
6 days ago

This isn’t so much a review as a quick update based on our experience today. The entrance to the main road leading to the trailhead is currently closed to traffic. We ran into a park ranger entering this road, who told us that the road is tentatively going to open back up on June 4th. This was his best guest. We still went ahead and hiked down the road which is open to out and back hikers and cyclists. It would have been a little far for us to hike up to the trailhead, so we hiked down the road for a mile and trail blazed through a quarter mile of woods down to the white river. The river was very low, so we elected to hike down the river bed about 4 miles instead of following the road. Pretty stunning views of rainier despite not being on the actual trail. Can’t wait to come back when it’s open!

I loved this hike. Had no idea what to expect and was beyond surprised at the amazing views and serenity. I definite must. I wouldn’t recommend kids under 10 and poles are helpful

No snow at the campground and no snow all the way to the suspension bridge. You can still cross the river via the log bridge. Beautiful waterfalls and lots to see.

Not maintained. Used to be such a fun little trail. Most it is falling apart.

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 days ago

I would recommend this trail to anybody looking for some elevation gain and beautiful views. Low traffic, constant shade with a couple breaks, and narrow trails. The first water crossing has a makeshift bridge as well as a couple stepping stones. Overall it took us about 45minutes to get to the first waterfall.

The road is close campgrounds are close. we hiked in anyways and it didn't disappoint us. we started at the campground and walked in and took silve falls trail . pass the hot springs to the falls was much better than taking the path by the bridge. we went in by the bridge and it was alot of elevation and challenges with down trees we came out the other side and it was a easy one .

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

Trail is open! After a short wait for a parking spot we headed up the trail. There was a fair amount of mud but otherwise fine. We made it to the first lake and passed several groups -- the trail was busy but not what I'd characterize as crowded. One couple came through with a chainsaw to clear the trail to bring their horses through.

hiking
snow
8 days ago

Great trail. It has 1,000 ft of elevation gain in the first mile, and then becomes pretty snowy. As of 23MAY there is a lot of snow at the top by the lake, and it is frozen over/snowed over. It was open and easy to get to with plenty of parking.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful spot. After the steps there is two smaller crossings over the water fall. One with a sturdy thick board and the other with loose half vertical cut logs. There’s a really beautiful view point over the valley. That’s when I turned around. Up and back down took 3.5 hours. Only wild life we saw was one squirrel. Peaceful.

hiking
bugs
10 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever

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