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.

hiking
17 hours ago

Saw lots of different mushrooms on the trail. And some beautiful trees. Crossed a few bridges and got a great view of the falls. Turned around after crossing the bridge that crossed the river. Ended up being a little over a 2 mile hike. Easy trail with a little elevation gain.

Beautiful trail with some gigantic old trees. Even get to cross a suspension bridge. Easy hike.

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muddy
1 day ago

Amazing trip, definitely worth it! I have seen several trip reports from people who completed the whole thing in 48 hours. I would not recommend attempting this. The elevation changes on this trail are very intense, and when you register for a permit you commit to an itinerary (enforced by backcountry rangers who check permits, as well as limited campsites that fill up). We hiked 8-9 miles a day, with around 1,500 to 3,000 feet of elevation per day, for 4 days, and it was perfect. It’s also a stunningly beautiful trail, and if you rush it you’ll miss everything! First night we stayed at Sunrise Walk-in since we arrived later, then Fire Creek - Yellowstone Cliffs - Mystic. All beautiful campsites, but the ones on the northern loop portion were the nicest. We hiked counterclockwise, as the ranger said this is the direction most people take, and we wanted to maximize the feeling of solitude. Unfortunately we arrived just in time for a cold front with record precipitation, and we got a wintry mix the last day. So the views were limited, but it was actually really neat to be up there in the mists. The weather changes very quickly on the mountain so be ready! Bring plenty of warm gear, a raincoat, and rain pants, and ideally an extra tarp so you don’t have to cook dinner in the rain. And don’t be overly attached to seeing Mt. Rainier itself— I have met people who have hiked the whole Wonderland Trail without seeing the mountain. We got a good view as we drove in, but the rest of the time it was obscured by clouds and fog. We did see lots of amazing mushrooms, marmots, mountain goats, old growth forests, wildflowers, and glaciers, with some passing views of the cliffs and peaks around us. We were told that there’s currently a mama and baby bear hanging around Mystic camp, but we did not see them. Mice were active at all campsites, so be careful with your food and keep a clean campsite. Lastly, I want to commend the NPS for taking such great care of this park. The trail is very well maintained, and there are rangers patrolling the loop, which is something that some nearby forest service trails desperately need. Park rangers were incredibly helpful, informative, and friendly. All in all, absolutely worth it!! Be ready for stunning beauty and an amazing physical challenge!

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fee
1 day ago

Really beautiful trail, and not too difficult once you get warmed up. Lots of marmots and chipmunks and a few birds I can't identify. Quite a good variety of mountain views (of Rainier, St Helens, Adams, and Hood), creeks, fields, rocky summits, and a few waterfalls.

hiking
3 days ago

Trail is quoted as .1 mile and it was longer. Was muddy and could have used a walking stick but beautiful falls and well worth it!

hiking
3 days ago

It’s like 6 different hikes in one! Such great variety, glacier lake, water falls, peak views, marmots, & packs of goats past the base camp

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rocky
3 days ago

Crevasses are obviously opened up. its September so that shouldn't be a big surprise

hiking
3 days ago

without a doubt the greatest hike

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muddy
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome trail! Pretty easy hike overall, a few steep trails heading up but then it’s all downhill from there. Lots of super friendly chipmunks and mountain beavers. There was a lot of fog/clouds so the summit was covered most of the hike. Really cold at the top of the loop (wish I’d brought gloves and hot tea). Also heavy foot traffic.

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scramble
4 days ago

I went counterclockwise as suggested in comments and it was gorgeous!!! Saw mountain goats, marmots, bears, and more! You can go clockwise and do the elevation in the first 2 miles and descend the remaining 4 miles or go counterclockwise and climb longer distance but not as steep but the last 2 miles can be hard on the knees. Some comments say it’s paved most of the way which is not correct if you do the full Skyline Trail up to Panorama Point. It is only paved in the beginning by Paradise Inn, I’d say approx. 1 mile if you go clockwise and paved 1/2 mile if you go counterclockwise. Also some comments say they would rate this moderate but for many this would be rated as hard. Suggest trekking poles and cold weather attire with the wind and altitude as you head up to Panorama Point especially in non-summer months. Sept. 14th was already finger-numbing at the top since I wasn’t expecting the chilling wind. I run warm and was fine with lighter hiking pants and thin long-sleeved moisture-wicking top but I heard others commenting on how they were unprepared for the weather change as you get up in elevation so just bring proper attire so you have it if you need it. Maybe summer months would be more temperate weather at the top. Beautiful hike!!!!! EVERYWHERE you look there is a magnificent view!! Such a rewarding hike!

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful waterfall

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail! We went counterclockwise - would definitely recommend. It was pretty foggy at panorama point, so we couldn’t actually see anything, but the rest of the hike was beautiful. Saw lots of marmots and a black bear!

Such a fun trail! The waterfall is gorgeous and you can get right up to it. You can keep going in past the falls but there is nothing really there. Clean trail. On the longer side. More on the moderate-hard if you don’t hike much.

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muddy
rocky
6 days ago

It was unfortunately quite foggy on my way up, so I didn’t go all the way to the van trump park - Comet Falls was beautiful! Other than the poor visibility, great hike :)

hiking
6 days ago

Finished in just a little over three hours. Arrived at the Paradise Inn parking lot at 9AM and there was plenty of parking. When I was leaving it was almost full! Beautiful hike and well worth the drive. Saw lots of wild life including a black bear. Definitely go counter clockwise. You get to come down the mountain (it’s steep) but enjoy amazing views. Overall a great day!

Fair amount of uphill but absolutely worth it. Great moderate hike with lots of water.

So Beautiful you Can step on The Snow And Watch The Glaciers And Cascades.

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rocky
8 days ago

beautiful hike. you are walking up hill majority of the way but it's well worth it.

Magnificent views of Mt Rainier

hiking
8 days ago

Finished in 3 hours. Lots of wildlife along the way. It was pretty wet toward the top but totally worth it. Just make sure you’re prepared if it’s a rainy day. We got hit with some hail at the top. A really fun hike either way.

hiking
9 days ago

Very busy and many parkings lots (but they fill up quickly). A moderate hike that is absolutely worth the effort, although I cannot guarantee its ease for all

Great rainy day hike, covered by trees for a lot of the journey. Good fun and the waterfalls are beautiful. We had intended to do the Skyline Trail but with wet weather/fog/very overcast day the ranger suggested this one instead and we’re glad she did.

We clocked 22 miles, I suspect due to one of the bridges being washed out and having to follow a detour route. We did the loop counter clockwise in a day and a half. Originally we planned on doing it over 2.5 days, but thunderstorms and rain changed our minds. The scenery was ever changing and a great distraction from some sections with a decent amount if elevation gain. If I were to do this loop again I am not sure I would do it counter clockwise as the climb up Ipsut Pass is really hard, especially if you've already hiked several miles to get to it. I have a fear of heights and Ipsut Pass definitely challenged it! As you look up to the top ofnthe canyon rimmed by sheer rock faces and sporadic trees, the way out is waaaaaay up there! Many times as we were ascending, I worried we were somehow of the trail we thought we were on. From the time we hit the valley at the bottom until we made it to the top we didn't see another hiker. We just kept following the trail up and up and up. I honestly couldn't see where in the world the trail was going to get us out of the canyon without rock climbing and that definitely wasn't something I was going to attempt!

Cute trail! Probably the easiest I’ve done but cute and great for families.

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