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Amazing, had such a good time

backpacking
1 day ago

Strenuous backpacking trip that was well worth the amazing scenery. Definitely pick as light as possible and consider caching food to save weight. I did the entire loop with about 60 pounds on my back which I really felt on the sharp inclines and declines. Bugs weren't too bad except for the miles around Devils Dream. Obtaining a walk-in permit was surprisingly easy if you're flexible in your plans. I did it in 9 days which seemed just right. Get out and check this off your bucket list!

Firstly: to get to the trail you have to drive about 15 miles on lose gravel. If you have a small car, you will want to go slow unless you don't care to spend money on issues that could be avoided because it is rough. If you have a car that is high off the ground and has the appropriate tires, then you may not have to go as slow but just be careful. Otherwise, this trail is moderate with some strenuous uphill sections, but the distance makes it doable because it is not very long. Trail is well kept, easy to follow. I did not have any issues with bugs or mosquitos at all. I mean there were just a few of them but it wasn't like there were herds of flies following me, although at the tower I did spray some just a few times. This trail is BEAUTIFUUUUUL. The lakes are gorgeous and it is so worth the effort and the drive!! It is like a hidden gem.

hiking
1 day ago

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!

Tough hike but amazing time out there. Bring a trash bag for the way down.

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.

The waterfall is about a mile and a half into the trail, and it did not disappoint. Pictures don’t do it justice to how massive it is. We thought that would be the highlight of the hike, but the meadows up in Spray Park itself were unbelievably beautiful. Even with the haze, Mt. Rainier still showed through and acted as the perfect backdrop to our time in the meadows. We didn’t see any wildlife, save for the absurd amount of mosquitos! The road leading up to this hike (and Tolmie Peak) has a few rough spots but overall is pretty darn passable for a gravel road.

Was a very good trail to hike! Did get lost a couple times but ran into people who was able to get us to are destination! Would go agin very beautiful site to see!

hiking
2 days ago

There are two trailheads for the lakes...one near White River campground and the other off highway 123. We took the White River trailhead. A steady, but not steep, climb through beautiful shady forests up for 3.5 miles until the trail opens to an alpine meadow. Another 1/3 mile or so takes you to the lakes. Wildflowers still abundant, and best of all, no bugs. Gorgeous view of local peaks at the top, very light traffic (we saw 5 other hikers during the entire, nearly 8 mile trek, on a Sunday in mid-August) This hike is a hidden treasure. Despite its 1610 foot elevation gain, the gradual ascent over several miles makes it accessible.

hiking
3 days ago

Had a great 5 hour hike. Beautiful views even with the smoke from the fires. Monday wasn’t so crowded. The wildflowers were awesome.

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.

amazingly beautiful hike with lots to stop and take in. took our 3.5 year old and he did great. lots of steep edges to be aware of.

Great wild life. Flowers were in bloom. Trail was in good shape.

Definitely doable if you’re not fit but took longer with all the breaks. Be careful of stepping on shale. Poles help with this bit

hiking
4 days ago

Great views of lake Mowich as well as Lake Eunice on the way up to the fire lookout.

Beautiful hike! Took about 3-4 hours in and out. Stopped a lot along the way to enjoy the views. Moderate incline going in. Good trail, rocky and rooty at the elevation. This was not a difficult hike but not for novices.

This is the first real hike for me. I did the hike clockwise starting at White River campground. I took 7 hours to complete it. The Glacier Basin portion was serene. I saw a few hikers in this portion. There weren’t that many bugs. The next portion on the Skyline Trail was more “interesting”. The first part involved switchbacks through different types of vegetation. This part needs bug spray and is steep. Once one crosses the timber line, one gets to the part described by another poster as “sketchy”. The trail is narrow, rocky, steep and exposed. The views are phenomenal. The peak of Mount Rainier was covered in mist when I walked up here, but it was still great. I did not pass a single person in either direction on the Skyline Trail. It took an hour and a half to do it with breaks. This part isn’t trafficked heavily and most hikers avoid it. The exposed parts with loose stones were certainly scary for a beginner like me. Once I got to about 6900 feet, it got a lot less scary and the walk to Burroughs Mountain 2nd peak was steep at parts, but reasonable. I even saw trail runners running between Burroughs Mountain 3rd peak and 2nd peak. I saw a lot of climbers without trekking poles on Burroughs Mountain. I can’t imagine that on the Sunrise Trail in either direction. I assume one can do that if one starts from Sunrise, which is already at fairly high altitude. The views from the frozen lake through the Sourdough Trail were great. There were wild flowers in bloom along the Sunrise Rim Trail. The climb down through the Wonderland trail is hard on the knees.

Amazing hike but little bit steep with rocky stairs and roots. Surprisingly it was bugs free! Parking was good.

Easy enough to do, although some uphills in parts - about 1,000 feet increase in elevation. Great views of the mountains, lakes, valleys and some wildlife. Even saw a fox that was not at all afraid of us!

hiking
4 days ago

A fantastic experience heading back to Spray Park today. Make sure you keep going past the meadows for some amazing alpine and glacial exploration. Not too difficult and quite otherworldly!!

Started the trail at sunrise today and loved every aching minute of the 7 hours it took us to finish the hike!

I'd recommend an early start if you want to avoid the crowds. We met maybe a handful of people on our way up to the Burroughs and didn't have any issues with parking at the trailhead. It's definitely chilly early in the morning though, so bring a jacket and wear layers.

I did the trail counterclockwise and loved watching the sun come up over the mountains, especially as we were heading up to the First Burrough. The climb up to the Second is steady but manageable (on our way down, we saw plenty of families with small children on the trail). And I will say that even though you'll see most people stopping at the Second Burroughs, definitely continue on to the Third! It's about 800 ft of steady climbing, but so worth it.

I would recommend that if you plan on doing the full 9-10 mile hike to bring water, sun protection, and maybe a snack. Although watch out for the ground squirrels! They know no fear when it comes to food.

Gorgeous trail,not too steep but also a workout.The snow on the mountain is a nice treat.

This trail was a really easy one, it’s a simple walk down a forest service road. But being along side the river was beautiful. The falls were remarkable, and the waster felt amazing on such a warm day. We hiked up further than the falls, and got a gorgeous view of the river after climbing about 1,300 feet over about 2.4 miles. If you go further up, the trail is very overgrown and there are multiple large trees down over the trail that you have to climb over.

hiking
4 days ago

Love this hike. Came here during the peak of wildflower season & was mesmerized by all the vibrant colors. I’d recommend cutting to Moraine Trail (no crowds & best views) & Panorama Point if you have time.

One of the best hikes at this park. A lot of people stop at the second Burrow, but the most dramatic view is at the third. Enter clockwise if you want continuous views that blow your mind. Couldn’t stop to eat without chipmunks trying to nibble at your hands or looking in your backpack. Don’t feed wildlife!

Trail was beautiful today. I highly recommend this trail. Easy hike and the wildflowers were everywhere. Make sure to hike to crystal lakes after going through sourdough gap

view was socked in but it was beautiful on the way up. trail was well kept.

one of the most beautiful trails when wildflowers are at their peak. downside...mosquitoes. Even with Deet, the bite through cloths

Easy trek to see the falls and flowers in August.

Did this today for the second time in a month, took a friend today. Wildflowers were plentiful both times. Saw a hummingbird! Moderately busy, people swimming in Sheep lake and camping. No mosquitoes! A few flies is all. Parts are very hot now. Not rated a 5 due to the long slog that follows the road, albeit well above, at the beginning and thus the end. Get there early in the day for parking and fewer people.

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