Explore the most popular hiking 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.

When we got to the lake it was nice and sunny, but not much longer when we got to the peak the fog had come up so fast we - couldn’t see anything

Went up there for my birthday 10/20 and it was amazing. The weather was clear, sunny, and warm. We got there around 9:30, parking lot was filling up. By the time we came back around 12, parking lot was full and more. I don’t think we walked the whole hike as we started at the trail head and stopped at the top view point, as enough for us and we just chilled there for an hour taking photos and having lunch.

We hiked the trail on a beautiful sunny day and the scenery was gorgeous. The 10+ mile gravel road is like a wash board in many areas but there are few potholes. A truck or SUV will have no trouble. A car will have a bumpy, slower trip. It took our group of three 60 year olds and two 30 year olds about 4 hours to do the round trip. We took a lot of breaks, pictures, and had lunch at the fire lookout. The rating of moderate is accurate for this trail.

Beautiful hike! The falls are amazing. We look forward to spending time camping here next summer!

amazing views and the falls are awesome!!!

This was a beautiful hike and we even were able to see a little bit of the fall colors!

My only complaint is that we saw 10 dogs along the trail as well as a few piles of dog poo. I choose hikes specifically for the benefit of no dogs. I like dogs, just not on my hikes.

Please folks, leave the dogs at home when in a National forest, they're not permitted.

So I know I wrote a book below and it cut me off, but I do want to say that this was wonderful experience, "the best of times" . I spent a memorable day with my beautiful daughter enjoying magnificent scenery on a warm fall day. Even if you go part way and come back down without doing the entire loop, you won't regret it. Have fun!

Have you ever read the opening lines of 'A Tale of Two Cities " - "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" ? So let me say, my trek on this hike was the best experience I could have .. and the worst. I expect if you are reading a review on this site that you are either an experienced hiker, or in good shape and a walk on a popular trail up a mountain sounds like a nice way to spend the day. I am neither, and this was challenging for me, but I lived to tell the tale and so I will share my experience. First of all, this is a beautiful hike. Look at the pictures folks have posted on here and you'll see what I mean .. beautiful views of the mountain, gorgeous lakes and if you're lucky like we were (my 16 year old daughter and her boyfriend accompanied me) you will get warm fall temperatures with beautiful blue skies and no bugs this time of year. The trails are well maintained and if you meet another hiker on the trail there is room to step aside to pass. There were lots of families - kids running (although there are very steep slopes and both my daughter and I were a little concerned one of them would go flying off the side, parents carrying kids in backpacks and on part of the trail lots of dogs (where they are allowed). There are plenty of reviews on here about this being an easy hike. And it is. For most of you. And then there are the folks like me … over 60, who never get out on hikes, overweight and don't exercise regularly. BEWARE if you fall into this category! There were a handful of older folks on this trail - you could tell they were avid hikers .. and they were doing great. Me, not so much. And the reason I'm writing this is because we saw one older couple - probably close to 70 who seemed to be struggling quite a bit and I'm hoping they aren't still up there, a day later. I want to save someone from that fate. There are plenty of accurate, positive reviews here, but if you read long enough, you'll find a few that dismiss the idea this is an easy hike and call it moderate. Here are some things to consider if you are one of the nitwits like myself who just thought walking up a freaking mountain would be a piece of cake:
First of all, the pictures on here, although gorgeous, are a bit deceiving. You can see the well maintained trail. Look at some of the trail pictures though, how they are going up, as in UP A MOUNTAIN. I should have taken a picture of the initial steep hill you climb at the trail head, I thought that would be the worst of it. But consider the fact that you are walking all the way up an incline the entire way and there are some that are a bit steeper than any pictures show. Sure, there are some flat spots (and my evil friend, in looking at the pictures said, "looks pretty flat to me") but you are going UP A MOUNTAIN. And that takes some effort for folks like me. So be ready for that. The trail, although in great condition, does have some areas that are a little tricky. We went on October 20th, 2018 - beautiful sunny day. And the trail was dry in most spots, but there is permafrost in some areas that you want to stay off of and other areas where it is muddy and slippery. Also, there are rocky areas that you need to be careful on and lots of areas where there are roots. I managed to trip once on a root and go down, much to my embarrassment. There are also several places where there are steps - basically logs that have been buried across the trail to keep the dirt intact .. and then a step down. Well, some of those steps are a little deep so again, not necessarily the easiest for some (okay, ME after walking all day). And if you are someone who needs to take a break and sit while walking there isn't really anywhere to do that on the trail - occasionally you might find a large rock to sit on, but for the most part not until you get to the viewpoints.
Some housekeeping issues: There is a bathroom at the first parking lot you come to - but no other facilities other than bushes on the trail. Be sure and take plenty of water, I should have taken more than I did which is why my muscles were feeling it towards the end. There are no "you are here" signs with maps so we never really knew where the heck on the trail we were. It was a bit funny, we would ask folks how far it was to Tipsoo or Dewey Lake (or finally to the PARKING LOT)and we'd get a different answer from everyone, even if we asked from the same general area. Gives you an idea of skills levels (one would say it's a quarter mile, others would say from the same location it was an hour walk. Guess what, that uphill 1/4 mile for me WAS an hour walk!) Even the signs for where the trailhead starts aren't clear, and then you get up and on a bridge over 410 and the sign points to the Pacifica Trail which was confusing. Asked a couple of people if we were going in the right direction, they didn't have a clue either so it was just onward and upward for all of us. .

It’s amazing! No snow today but absolutely worth it. On a clear day you can see Mount Helen and Baker

Such a great hike, but it’s more like 5.5 miles one way...total 11 miles when you’re done...there’s a great side trail where you can view Mt Rainier peak and it is captivating! Hard because of elevation gain so bring plenty of water...And invest in some good walking sticks to save your knees on the way down...great trail!!! Definitely one to do several times throughout the year to see all the color changes in the wildflowers! Loved it and felt accomplished when it was completed!

Great hike! Burroughs three is definitely the best but all three are worth the views. Perfect weather. Glowing yellow Larches from the valleys. I highly recommend making it a loop for the change in scenery and terrain.

Did it this morning - hit trail just before 8am and had the trail to ourselves for quite a while, it was lovely! This was not easy for this early 30s couple - took us about 5.5 hours with many breaks (for breathing, food, and pictures). Very cool though and was amazing to have third Burroughs just about to ourselves (about 6 others spread out across the 2 peaks). Oh! And goats! We saw goats :D. Take water, bring poles, and don’t rush yourself - the climb seems to just keep going, but you’ll make it. And just ignore those people trail running :)

walking
2 days ago

Nice hike to the falls from Paradise parking lot. It’s definitely a workout for the hammies but wouldn’t have it any other way.

Amazing hike.
The trail is not as hard as it looks from its distance because the first 1.4 miles are flat or downhill.
Rainier view are along several points of the trail, and the view at the top is stunning.

lots of edible wild berries along the trail. Very short however and it's close to the road in some spots. Good trail for kids and the elderly. Several massive old growth firs some must be 10 feet in diameter!

hiked mid October. clear skies , perfect hiking weather. stunning views of Mt Rainer,surrounding ranges and Mr Adams.

Beautiful trek with breathtaking views. The trail can be completed by starting from 2 directions from the sunrise visitor center. If you wish for a easy one start from the path nearest to frozen lake as it is nearly flat. Otherwise start from the one nearer to emmons vista trail. 4 hrs from car to car. And take a good amount of water with you.

Absolutely magnificent trail. Would highly recommend during the fall season. It took us 2+1+1.5 hrs car to car. It’s an easy hike which is kid and pet friendly. However the drive till there can be tiresome once the gravel road starts.

I was not in shape to do this hike, but I'm glad I did. Spectacular views of Mt. St. Helens!

hiking
5 days ago

Does not disappoint in fall. Colors and colors and more colors. Beautiful! Plus its dog friendly so i got to being my pup along too!

great hike!!! loved it.
get there early there is very limited parking at the trail head.

Today I have to give this hike all 5 stars. I started out at the trailhead 9:45 and arrived upper crystal lakes 12:00 I’m kind of slow but strong! I couldn’t believe the weather! 60, warm, no wind, unbelievable. Some fall colors were still out. Blue sky, sun and the lake glistened with ducks resting themselves. I was up there by myself, serene! This trail is up and up but I have a method that works for me. I take a small rest at each switchback and it worked! This trail is mostly smooth surface so if your a runner, try this out! 2,500 elevation gain your legs will grow much stronger then a track!

We did this trail early October and I highly advise ice spikes. Initial ascent is a burner but levels out a bit with a gradual climb on ice and snow. Fun and somewhat strenuous hike with great panoramas along the way. Highly recommend.

Awesome trail! It took me approx 1 hr 10 min to get to the top, got quite steep in some parts but so worth it! Hardly anybody on the trail in the morning. I ate lunch at the lookout just admiring beautiful Mt Ranier! and some birds came and tried to steal my food

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike!! Great views at the top! Nice lake to sit by on the way up!

Amazing views of Rainier! We hiked this 10/14 and the weather and visibility were perfect! We just went to first boroughs then down the sunrise rim trail which was just as awe inspiring. This east coast girl never hiked this altitude but had no issues whatsoever. I only wish my hiking partner was up for the entire trail. Highly recommend this hike. We got to Sunrise around 1030, plenty of parking, but the lodge is closed for the season. We stopped at a little gift shop outside of the park Wapiti Woolies for some souvenirs and hit the Naches Tavern across the street for a couple drinks, a bite to eat, and a round of pool. A completely perfect day

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike.. beautiful views! Thank you Jah. The reviews make it sound much worse (as far as the road goes). 10-15-18

beautiful hike. My friend and I went and we were the only ones on the trail, so peaceful.

Great day at Sunrise on a great trail. Got the family up early, arrived to a fairly empty lot. Beautiful sunshine, lower 40’s temp. Encountered a bit of snow and ice, which made the decent a bit treacherous. No harm done, Great Lake for a picnic. Four stars.

Such a great little trail. I definitely recommend veering off and visiting bench lake. We were able to see a perfect reflection of Mount Rainier in the lake. We also saw 2 black bears and a lot of moose tracks around snow lake. Would definitely recommend.

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