closed
snow
3 hours ago

Steep snow pack over trail until saddle. Difficult without poles and crampons.

Strenuous! micro spikes, poles, and gps necessary. Shallow, mini crevasses are starting to open up below base camp as of 7/8/2020.

Oh my gosh- just hiked this today with my two sons 8 & 11. It was incredible. Checked every box - beautiful trail - beautiful views - just don’t forget bug spray . 2 miles in is swarming with mosquitoes- I couldn’t even count how many I killed and they still ate us alive- worth it , I say but my sons may not agree lol

hiking
fee
snow
washed out
13 hours ago

I went in early July of 2020 and this trail is completely blown out. As soon as you get to the trail head behind the inn there is about 2 ft of snow covering the trail. About a quarter MI in the whole trail is blown out and it is unsafe to cross unless you have spikes and poles. I only had poles and the trip down was very steep if I had fallen. Also the Ranger warned me before I went in that there had been "many search and rescues on this trail recently". I wouldn't attempt until August. Also for those who don't know you will pay $30 to get into the park if you don't have a pass.

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
snow
14 hours ago

hiking
muddy
snow
14 hours ago

Not all hikes with beautiful views have to be difficult! Nice easy trail, some snow, but manageable with just sneakers. Beautiful views, saw some wildlife. Perfect for families with younger children! Great find!

hiking
icy
scramble
snow
15 hours ago

muddy
off trail
snow
15 hours ago

What an epic day! We hiked to the summit of Crystal Peak and then over to Crystal Lakes. With views of Mount Rainier once we got above the trees and tons of wildflowers, this hike was amazing! It was a steep climb the whole way, but worth the views. We saw the lakes from the top and decided to add the lakes on the way back down. It was more climbing, but the upper lake is gorgeous. We even took our shoes off and cooled off in the frigid water. I highly recommend this hike on a sunny day.

hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
16 hours ago

It was a nice easy hike to sheep lake, then some incline to get to sourdough gap and some pretty great views. If you continue onto Crystal Lake you will find a snow patch along a drop off that is doable but be careful. Crystal lake was beautiful, some bugs but not too bad. Good moderate hike, would definitely recommend!

Sun sure showed up today! We were expecting party cloudy and mid-50’s but it ended up being somewhere in the 70’s. Made the lake so enjoyable. Based on reviews of wet, swampy, mud near the lake, we packed gators (and spikes in case of snow patches), but only crossed one easy patch of snow up to the gap. We went most of the way, but parked it just shy of Sourdough- went to the great views of Rainier with the lake below. Magenta Indian paintbrush and some other beauties showing off. More that will come soon. Such a stunning hike!

Beautiful hike but there’s more than enough snow at the 5000 and above foot level.Took lots of beautiful pictures of waterfalls and rain forest beauty all in all it’s a great day

Incredible hike I’ve done it twice now and it never gets old! The views are worth it.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

would definitely recommend doing this hike later in the year when it’s warmer BUT a fun hike nevertheless. if you’re hiking now, bring snow/waterproof pants so you’re able to slide your way down the snow covered hills!

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

Amazing hike with amazing views!! Defiantly a consistent climb all the way but not to strenuous, made it up without stopping for a break. VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS!!

Beautifully maintained trail. Lots of cute wooden walkways and tiny creeks. No view of the mountain due to fog but it was still beautiful in a moody kinda way. Clean trail, very pretty, definitely recommend this one.

Perfect day on 7/6/20. Cool temps and mostly clear skies, which amount to incredible views of Rainier and the other nearby peaks. Some very minor snow patches between bench lake and snow lake (only 4-5 maybe?) which were packed down and had easy to follow footprint trails over them. My 11, 9 and 6 year olds navigated them very easily. Nothing you need special equipment for unless you’re an unsteady hiker. In that case, go slow and use trekking poles. Otherwise, trail is ready for the casual or underprepared summer crowds, assuming no new snowfall. Always check weather reports.

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