Explore the most popular Mountain Biking 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.

hiking
7 days ago

Me and my 4 year old needed to get out in the sun for a little adventure and Suntop was the perfect spot for it. The gate was closed so we trekked up the trail, which we expected. As we were picnicking up top, the volunteer staffing the firelookout came and so the gate was open after that. The road is totally fine (I’m used to Summit Lake trailhead road which is horrendous). Beautiful mountain views and the perfect little kid hike. Great day!

This trail was beautiful! We spent 2 nights at Ipsut creek campground and explored around, quiet and peaceful, we even had a momma and baby deer hang out eating shrubs at our camp!! Very nice easier hike will def go back still so much to see

good trail to mt bike ride and then lock the bike up to continue to the suspension bridge.

This was about 22 miles round trip and I never got the epic view I was hoping for. I got to the glacier, but it’s the dirty side of it. After standing on a glacier in Alaska, I had high hopes of at least getting to see the brilliant blue ice close up. No such luck. The suspension bridge was very cool, and I liked crossing over the river bed too. For the effort though, this hike wasn’t worth it. I rode my bike in on the gravel road and locked up by the falls. That shaved off an hour of walking back. W

hiking
23 days ago

8/18 - nice hike and view of Rainer. Pay attention to where you leave the “dirt road” to the more traditional hiking trail as it’s easy to miss. All Trails really helped! Rainer is stunning; I think there are prettier parts of the mountain (e.g. near Mowich Lake or Indian Bar). This is beautiful; I’d just recommend other parts more! I did this one way and then continued on to Longmire via Wonderland Trail. It requires two cars, but allows you to see more of the park!

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

From the WTA site for the start of this hike to get to Gobblers Knob. "8/9/2019 - Road closed: The Westside Road is closed to all travel (including hiking and biking) until further notice due to overnight debris flows and potential for further activity in the near future"

hiking
1 month ago

A bit of confusion once you cross the river. just follow the stacked rocks. this trail is easy if you ride bikes to ipsuit camp then take off on foot the rest of the way. the suspension bridge is pretty cool.

backpacking
bugs
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Drove right to it. Volunteers were at the site. Cloudy, but cool, got an amazing tour! Will be back when it’s sunny, and also on a clear night!

hiking
2 months ago

splendid! the hardest part of this trail is the unimproved forest road you traverse coming off of WA-410. those five miles are definitely easier done with a vehicle that has decent ground clearance. the final mile to the lookout is now closed off due to vandalism but it is easily walked either by the remainder of the old forest service road or by an intersecting hiking trail. either way, expect to gain around 500’ in that last stretch. once you arrive at the top you’re welcomed by a spectacularly direct view of Mt. Rainier’s north face. the 1930’s era lookout adds a cool feature to the plateau; you’ll also find a number of picnic tables and a pit toilet. be sure to have a Northwest Forest Pass or it’s equivalent, the Discover Pass is not valid here.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is good for endurance training but if you’re looking for spectacular views I wouldn’t recommend it. The trail starts out on a road that’s been blocked off and you travel at least a couple miles before getting onto an actual trail. There is a built shelter at the lake and a small cabin that is locked up. There’s also an outhouse.

hiking
washed out
4 months ago

Trail is still washed out at Wonderland but there is a detour. The rocky fields have little stone statues that will help you navigate. Excellent hike. Trail is clear and there is no snow. I did see a group of 4 younger guys steal an Axe off the trail, that was discouraging but being outnumbered I didn't say anything. I don't need an ass beating miles into a trail.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Super trail, always great.

hiking
snow
washed out
4 months ago

Awesome trail. Part of the route is washed out and has a detour, so you don’t have to go over the suspension bridge. And the snow prevents you from going past the Glacier. But it’s really mostly snow free and dry up to that point. Absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite trails so far

Splendid weekend for this hike - the first overnight with the boy. Trail is in splendid condition; as others have noted it's a bit of a trudge to the campground. It's a perfect 5+ mile break in for the new camper though. Campground is in good condition - composting drop toilets with TP - what a luxury! Saw deer and hummingbirds. The trail up to Chenius Falls was open too - there is what looks to be a new log bridge across the river.

hiking
5 months ago

Road is closed 6 miles from trailhead. Bummer.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Attempted to walk into ipsut campground however there was still a lot of icy snow on the trail. Would recommend walking poles. Will check back in a couple weeks.

Nice trail with easy access and plenty to explore.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
snow
8 months ago

A good day hike, clear skies. Several large trees cover the trail, some are tricky to get by. As you go up the valley towards the glacier, there is snow on the ground, not enough to need spikes or snowshoes. Poles are needed as you get closer to the glacier.

hiking
11 months ago

Started at 7:40 am. Clear skies. Temp 48. Distance: 12.1 mi Final destination was Gobblers Knob via Lake George. Overall a very nice hike. Granted the uneventful 3.5 mile jaunt on the forestry road from the parking to the actual trail head has little to be desired. But once at the T/H, the hike is simple (0.9 mi w/ ~400 ft gain). The lake was very pretty. There is a full campsite with restrooms. After a few photos, I continued to Gobblers knob. The hike from Lake George to the lookout was 1.6 mi (marked signage). The trail starts off nice and wide, but some points it became narrow with some slight overgrowth around the "fields" areas just before the "dirty brown pond". Don't panic, keep trekking it will shortly open up wide and clear again. As the real incline begins (note in 1.6 miles w/ gain of ~1200 ft. and 9 or so switchbacks) its like any other good trail. Not rooty or rocky....just right. Mt Rainier comes into view as you go higher. At the top, full 360 as you walk around the lookout (in very good condition I might add). I saw a mountain goat pop up about 75 ft away on a rock ledge to say hello...I was the first up there today so he must have been lonely. lol. Stayed about 20 min and back down. Check out my pics here. Enjoy!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, different than the norm. Not big on spectacular views of the mountain. Mostly hiking in the forests. The final four mile hike back up the hill to Mowich will get you. This is a 22 mile out and back hike. Alltrails must use some Martian miles measurements.

hiking
Friday, September 14, 2018

Too long on the road before hitting the trail

We hiked this trail because we got up to Tolmie Peak and the thick fog prevented any sort of view and we wanted to experience more of what the area had to offer. We backtracked from Tolmie Peak to the fork that leads to the falls and made our way down. Narrow switchbacks from the fork (trail is not well maintained here and your legs will get scratched if you're wearing shorts) and after that just the standard trail in the woods with no scenery. We had no information on this trail and based our decision off of the fact that if the campsite is named after waterfalls, it must be pretty substantial. The falls were a sad little thing and was covered with debris and downed trees. Was definitely not worth the extra 8 miles round trip from the fork. "Under appreciated" for a reason!

hiking
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hiked to Mystic lake via Carbon glacier via Moraine park from the Carbon river trail head. This hike is about 31 miles. Only about 5k ft of elevation climbing, but mostly on the 2nd half of the outward hike. Some amazing views, even with all the clouds. You get to see a lot of marmots on the meadows, tiny toads no bigger than your thumb nail, frogs, bats, birds. A lot of different types of wildlife. Crossing the Carbon river on the log bridge, with the fast moving water flowing beneath you is amazing I feel. Crossing it coming back in the pitch black darkness just with a head light, I felt slightly different, I was sure to keep a steady footing. A very long day for me, I'm not the fastest hiker but I can go for a long time. What a day. The best.

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