Explore the most popular river 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.

This is the summer land trail, lots of snow still in late May. Great workout, great views, would recommend.

Did this lovely hike in the 3rd week August 2016 with my wife and 3 boys then aged 6, 8 & 9. We made it more than a couple of miles beyond psnorama point. great panoramic views.

NO SNOW. Hiked this trail 5/26/18 and there is no more snow on the trail. Unfortunately it was foggy and you could only see about 50yds from any of the great viewpoints. The beginning of the hike coming from the left side is 1000ft/mile altitude change. Good hike!

This trail is short and worth every step! The waterfall was gushing yesterday and so beautiful. There are several points you can stop and take the beautiful scenery in, and get a perfect picture.

Good trail, waterfalls, flowers, three view outlooks.

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

hiking
4 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!

Very beautiful hike!

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.

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!

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!

Set out early to beat today’s heat: 80-83 degrees and had the whole forest to myself! What a beautiful PNW spring day!! Perfect for a wooded hike - much of it is through beautiful shaded forest! Creek, waterfalls, beautiful greenery, and oh, the views of Rainier and the valley below!! I set out with a mindset of seeing how I would do, and ended up pushing myself for the full 12 miles (6 miles in to Little Ranger peak lookout and 6 out). Tighter switchbacks in the beginning lead to the waterfall...then meander through the forest for awhile...pretty soon opens to great look outs off and on (you THINK are great until they just get better and better the higher up you get!). Toward the end, there were a couple small snow patches on the trail, but super easy to go around. I would call this trail easy to follow, even though the rangers warned there might be debris to clear since they hadn’t been through there yet this year and because of the wild fires. I really saw no trace of fires hitting this area though, until the very end, you could look way across and see a peak in the distance with some burned trees. At the very end, the trail doesn’t QUITE get you up to the peak (thanks to Per, who stated this below so I had the heads up), so I had to off-road a bit, but it was a quick 5 minute jont up. I picniced up there, basking in the sun amidst breathtaking views of our mountain and surroundings. On the way back down, finally passed about 5 other hikers/groups of people but the first few hours was solitude! Took about 5 1/2 hours which included stopping for pictures along the way and lunch. What a great spring hike!!

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!

on Skookum Flats Trail

hiking
16 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!

hiking
16 days ago

Nice short hike to some different viewing spots of Narada Falls, quite impressive! Fun to sit on the wall and have someone walk around and take a photo. Crystal clear water is beautiful. Recommend a short stop, it can get crowded.

Great trail with some challenging up and downhill on both ends. Still a lot of snow up top but packed and easily trekked. Listen for water running along the trail to find small cut offs for some great views.

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.

The entire paradise is still snowy, all roads above this point remain closed; trails/signs are buried in snow. Snow shoes are highly recommended (visitor center provides gears rental). Didn’t hike far due to the weather, but the view was already spectacular when the sun came out.

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.

Love this trail!

Great trail! Nice and steady climb, still some snow as you get higher in elevation. I recommend microspikes.

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