Oh my gosh- just hiked this today with my two sons 8 & 11. It was incredible. Checked every box - beautiful trail - beautiful views - just don’t forget bug spray . 2 miles in is swarming with mosquitoes- I couldn’t even count how many I killed and they still ate us alive- worth it , I say but my sons may not agree lol

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fee
snow
washed out
12 hours ago

I went in early July of 2020 and this trail is completely blown out. As soon as you get to the trail head behind the inn there is about 2 ft of snow covering the trail. About a quarter MI in the whole trail is blown out and it is unsafe to cross unless you have spikes and poles. I only had poles and the trip down was very steep if I had fallen. Also the Ranger warned me before I went in that there had been "many search and rescues on this trail recently". I wouldn't attempt until August. Also for those who don't know you will pay $30 to get into the park if you don't have a pass.

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icy
muddy
off trail
snow
12 hours ago

muddy
off trail
snow
13 hours ago

What an epic day! We hiked to the summit of Crystal Peak and then over to Crystal Lakes. With views of Mount Rainier once we got above the trees and tons of wildflowers, this hike was amazing! It was a steep climb the whole way, but worth the views. We saw the lakes from the top and decided to add the lakes on the way back down. It was more climbing, but the upper lake is gorgeous. We even took our shoes off and cooled off in the frigid water. I highly recommend this hike on a sunny day.

Beautiful hike but there’s more than enough snow at the 5000 and above foot level.Took lots of beautiful pictures of waterfalls and rain forest beauty all in all it’s a great day

Incredible hike I’ve done it twice now and it never gets old! The views are worth it.

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snow
1 day ago

would definitely recommend doing this hike later in the year when it’s warmer BUT a fun hike nevertheless. if you’re hiking now, bring snow/waterproof pants so you’re able to slide your way down the snow covered hills!

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bugs
1 day ago

Amazing hike with amazing views!! Defiantly a consistent climb all the way but not to strenuous, made it up without stopping for a break. VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS!!

Beautifully maintained trail. Lots of cute wooden walkways and tiny creeks. No view of the mountain due to fog but it was still beautiful in a moody kinda way. Clean trail, very pretty, definitely recommend this one.

Perfect day on 7/6/20. Cool temps and mostly clear skies, which amount to incredible views of Rainier and the other nearby peaks. Some very minor snow patches between bench lake and snow lake (only 4-5 maybe?) which were packed down and had easy to follow footprint trails over them. My 11, 9 and 6 year olds navigated them very easily. Nothing you need special equipment for unless you’re an unsteady hiker. In that case, go slow and use trekking poles. Otherwise, trail is ready for the casual or underprepared summer crowds, assuming no new snowfall. Always check weather reports.

hiking
1 day ago

Love this hike!!!!

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icy
muddy
snow
2 days ago

DO NOT DO THIS TRAIL IF YOU HAVE A FEAR OF HEIGHTS. From 1.6 miles to 3.6 miles in the trail, there is so much snow left. I thought I might slip on the snow. Please make sure you have warm layers and waterproof shoes with good traction.

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off trail
rocky
2 days ago

We discovered the lake from the Sunrise Rim Trail, and had to check it out! The water is so so beautiful there!

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no shade
rocky
snow
2 days ago

I go on many hikes and this was in my top 3 for sure!!! definitely need hiking boots as you will have to walk through a bit of snow. Once we made it to the lookout around 3 we weren’t able to see any view because of the fog sadly. But the hike itself made up for that, so beautiful!! Definitely will be back again!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views! Definitely kid’s friendly

hiking
2 days ago

Easy, well-marked trail that you could extend beyond the falls if you want. Will hike it again...

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome views. I'd say it is a bit more on the moderate scale than it is easy.

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