Stevens Canyon Entrance closed today but would recommend going during the week. Great for little ones and parking along Highway filled up by 11:45am. Absolutely gorgeous views and close to many other trailheads.

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4 days ago

05/29/20, 65°f partly cloudy. Early in the hiking season and fitness wise, this was a moderately difficult hike for me. 4k gain in 3.5 miles means there's plenty of up. We had to strip boots off to ford the river at the waterfall as it was too quick and slick to cross. There wasn't persistent snow until the 2.7mi mark at 4900' but it was compact enough to take without snowshoes, crampons, or spikes. Poles are definitely a godsend on this hike! 7.1 mile hike took us just shy of 7 hours, slow and steady. A great fitness test for the early season!

One of my favorite places! Beautiful & covered with wildflowers in the summer!

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muddy
snow
6 days ago

We were only able to make it about 2.8 miles up before the snow became too much. Can probably make it if you have good hiking boots.

My mom and I stopped once we got to the waterfall and turned around. Definitely an incline, but so incredibly worth it and gorgeous! I would probably bring hiking poles with me next time, but it was still tolerable without them. Some parts of the soil sink a little, so definitely make sure to have hiking boots for a good grip! Overall, not muddy since there is plentiful tree coverage, as you are in the middle of the woods.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this in the summer. Only a couple people there during the afternoon. Very easy with a beautiful view

This is a great trail for those with toddlers! Really simple hike in and out. Lots of shade from trees. There’s some large beaches on the trail that are easily climbed over or under. Not too heavily trafficked but it could be because of this whole Covid thing.

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off trail
10 days ago

This isn’t so much a review as a quick update based on our experience today. The entrance to the main road leading to the trailhead is currently closed to traffic. We ran into a park ranger entering this road, who told us that the road is tentatively going to open back up on June 4th. This was his best guest. We still went ahead and hiked down the road which is open to out and back hikers and cyclists. It would have been a little far for us to hike up to the trailhead, so we hiked down the road for a mile and trail blazed through a quarter mile of woods down to the white river. The river was very low, so we elected to hike down the river bed about 4 miles instead of following the road. Pretty stunning views of rainier despite not being on the actual trail. Can’t wait to come back when it’s open!

Not maintained. Used to be such a fun little trail. Most it is falling apart.

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bugs
14 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! So beautiful!!

Tried to go got about 4.5 miles from the start of the trail and the gate to the park is closed. So if you want a nice long hike you can walk around the closed gate but we didn’t have enough time to go. Will definitely be coming back though.

hiking
2 months ago

Good

hiking
2 months ago

Short trail, wasn’t crowded the snowy day that we were there. The trail is steep in the beginning. Still able to catch a rainbow on the waterfall!

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Returned on January 6th Got 2 switchbacks after crossing the waterfall and the trail disappeared in the snow so I turned around. Will definitely be returning in Spring

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washed out
3 months ago

Visited here Monday 2/3/2020 to snowshoe near Longmire, also have visited multiple times to hike last summer 2019 and previous years as a sightseer. This park gets very busy in the peak season (summer months), but can be very peaceful before 10am any day of the week in fall, winter and spring. The gates (near Longmire Museum) to Paradise after the park entrance are closed in the winter until 8am. In the winter Longmire bathrooms are closed, but there are porta potties and bathrooms near the road side of the Longmire Inn. A bit slippery in the early am walking on the road w/out traction. Big parking area. Handicap accessible and good for young children at longmire. No other Vehicles in the lot when we arrived at 6:30am, just the snow plows. There was snow on the road early in the am from before Ashford, WA to Longmire, on the way out around 2pm after it snowed all day there was snow on the roadway in the park till maybe right before Ashford, WA. Make sure you carry traction for your car when traveling here in the winter... I saw the back end of a Jeep fishtale around a curve. We snowshoed the Wonderland trail from Longmire Museum to the bridge to Carter Falls and had a break at the bridge. There are a lot of blow downs on the trail, streams on trail and a few parts of the trail have no snow. One bridge crossing with blowdowns on the bridge. We saw snowshoes, micros and one person with no traction all on the way out. 8 people total were seen on trail after 10am. This portion is 4 miles with 437ft elevation gain. There are also a lot of deep postholes on the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing on a clear day

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Ventured 2.5 up the West Boundary trail on New Year’s Day where I could see a waterfall coming down. Stopped there with my 6yo and returned down to the car. Fitbit said 118 flights of stairs. Slippery muddy and rocky in some places. No snow. Returning possibly Monday to go higher. If you like the path less traveled this is one for you as long as you are prepared with proper trekking poles recommended. Fun elevation gains and switchbacks

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