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Mount Rainier National Park is located in west-central Washington and is ideal for hiking, mountain climbing and scenic drives. Most roads are open from late May to early October, which allow for both stunning views and access to a wide range of hiking trails and other sites. Hikers will find forests with cedar, hemlock, and fir trees as well as streams and wildflower meadows. On Rainier's alpine slopes, visitors will find firs, glaciers, and tundra. Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the most prominent peak in the Cascades, and it is covered by 26 named glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the continental United States. The mountain is popular for climbing, and more than half of the park is covered by subalpine and alpine forests. Paradise on the south slope is one of the snowiest places in the world, and the Longmire visitor center is the start of the Wonderland Trail, which encircles the mountain.

hiking
20 hours ago

Great hike. Stayed the night by the lake. Beautiful views!

hiking
22 hours ago

Awesome hike!! Beautiful day!! Clouds rolled in and socked top in after we crossed the ridge. Beautiful scenery throughout!! Don’t miss this one!! Highly recommend good hiking boots and poles for snow fields and creek crossing!! Don’t worry about the crowds. They peel off after you hit the high skyline trail. Took about 4 hours 15 minutes the complete. Now stop reading and go do it already!!

hiking
23 hours ago

Beautiful trail with lots of variety, flowers in boom, and wildlife (the picas were out in the first rock field). Instead of a long climb up to a peak then coming back down, this trail has several shorter climbs and descents broken up by meadow crossings and goes in and out of the woods (and shade). The scramble up to the upper flank of Brown Peak is very worth the effort, as there are great views. On the way in, we saw only three backpackers heading out, and saw only ~ 10 groups on the way out, which is vastly different from the hoards just up the road at Sunrise.
When we entered the park at 07:15 there were only a couple of cars ahead of us at the entry point (not yet staffed), but when we departed the park, there was a very long line of cars that looked like an ~ 2-hour wait.

Extremely beautiful on a clear day, difficult hike

Saw a bunch of marmots, chipmunks and even a mountain goat! Also on a clear day gorgeous views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams.

Beautiful trail with gorgeous views of Rainier, Adams and St. Helens on a clear day. The trail still has a significant amount of snow on it so I recommend bringing a plastic garbage bag if you want to sled a bit and maybe some spikes. The trail also goes over a creek that can be a bit difficult to cross due to a high water level but overall one of my favorite hikes for sure!

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike yesterday, live in Snohomish County and left at about 5:30am and got to the trailhead at about 8:30am - long drive on the forest service road, keep headlights on even during the day...was a beautiful drive out to the trailhead and park. Bring plenty of water (I usually over hydrate the day/night prior to a hike and bring 2 water bottles with me), wasn't a very long hike but it is a fairly "intense" hike....completely worth all the sweat when you reach the lookout - gorgeous views of Rainier and even saw St. Helens in the background. Will definitely be doing this hike again, would recommend starting early as it is a very popular hike!

Great hike and only a fraction of the people who go on the tollmie peak trail. We were at the trailhead at 10 o’clock Which required a .75 mile hike to the trail head.

Avalanche release the peak now

Cool view of Mt. Adams, St. Helen's, Hood in the distance at the point. Not to mention Mt. Rainier. Followed a couple marmots up the trail. Not as crowded later in the day.

trail washout, adds about 1.5 mile detor

feet hurt

short and gorgeous. mostly exposed on ridge.

Comet Falls was impressive and a great hike in the trees. saw a few marmots along the creek.

great hike last week carrying our kids in the Kelty kids carriers.

Great hike. I took my 8 and 4 year olds with me and they did fine. Steady incline thats not too steep. A couple good view points, most notably on the north east side of the trail. Its easier than snow and bench lakes just down the road, but not as pretty. Still a great hike. Will do again.

hiking
1 day ago

Easy hike in to this beautiful and powerful waterfall.

The stairs are a bit steep, but overall an easy hike. Bugs are heavy but it motivates you to keep moving. View are exceptional. Wildflowers are blooming, too!

Great hike. Went with four kids ages 4,6,7, and 8. They all enjoyed it. Still snow on parts of the trail.

Absolutely breathtaking views. Hiked this with my 10 year old daughters. Had a wonderful time. Good shoes or boots are a must and bring plenty of water. Get there early to avoid the crowds and find parking. Plan for a lunch break at panorama point. STAY ON THE TRAIL! Oh and there is a vault toilet at panorama point.

Think of this trail as a trail with multiple options. The first part, up to Frozen Lake, was an easy hike, as long as you don't fear heights. From there, there are multiple options including Burroughs Mt. and a return loop to Sunrise. Then there are 3 peaks to Burroughs Mt. At the first peak you have an option to take another loop back to Sunrise, continue to peak 2 or turn around and return to Sunrise. The hike from Frozen Lake to Peak 1 is fairly steep and had some snow but nothing to worry about. Then you go down hill and back up to peak 2. The most difficult part of the hike was between peak 2 and 3. It was fairly steep and a couple of large snow fields. But the view at the top was worth the hike. Overall, I'm glad I did this hike and recommend it. But you should be in good shape. Some of the inclines are steep and challenging.

hiking
2 days ago

Was the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen. Definitely a hard trail. Lots of snow for July! And had to do some steep hills almost a climb but totally worth it! Saw deer, chipmunks and marmot! The chipmunks are aggressive and were always trying to get food from ya when you stopped. One almost got a bag with cashews away from my hands. Lol

This is a great hike with a huge reward at the top. Well worth the trek up. It is rated Hard... I would say medium/intermediate. I am not gonna lie, last bit is a little hard. Mosquitoes a plenty

Beautiful scenery! Half way down the trail you will see a metal stake in the ground and a couple pieces of wood blocking the trail. You are missing out if you don’t take that path down to the lake! It is kind of overgrown but if you want a picture of the mountain reflecting over the lake this is the only spot to get it. Absolutely stunning!! Would have been a perfect hike if the bugs weren’t so bad!

Was great! Paved trail. Worth the trip just for the pics!! Excellent photo and selfie ops for the whole family. A definite must if casually passing through the park. Hardly any wildflowers yet but there will be soon. Carry sticks and possibly spikes if coming from visitor center area. Still snow on the trail and it’s melting and slippery.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked this yesterday. Lots of stuff blooming now. Switchbacks are hard work if you're not regularly hiking.

This is a fantastic hike. We went mid July and the weather was perfect. We came across 2 snow patches which was cool to see mid summer. The only downside was the extreme amount of bugs/mosquitoes. Definitely take Emmons Moraine Trail off of glacier basin. It was absolutely beautiful and you can go down by the lake.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views! I found it to be a moderate hike because there wasn’t much mileage. I do think there was more elevation gain than posted though. My watch stated we hiked 3700 ft, and I don’t know how exact these things are but I think it counted the elevation gain on the way back to the trailhead as well. No spikes needed for what’s left of the snow near the lake. The trail is somewhat exposed to the sun once you head up to the lookout from the lake. The bugs were biting quite a bit so definitely bring bug spray! We started the hike at 1245 and had no trouble finding a place to park. Dusty gravel road so be careful, visibility was awful when I drove behind someone else.

We hiked this yesterday. Started towards Frozen Lake, but views would have been better from the opposite entrance. Did Boroughs 1 & 2, had three snow passes which were melting and very slippery. Wasn’t easy without poles, but we made it. Wouldn’t recommend for anyone with strong fear of heights or without good grip on boots. Views were stunning, wildflowers were lovely. Stopped for lunch at Shadow Lake, but the bugs were biting hard despite bug spray, so had to abandon. Overall still an amazing hike.

Absolutely stunning hike. Several miles of gravel road to the trailhead which isn’t bad if you plan on getting there early, but definitely experienced some tough conditions on the way down as the gravel was kicked up by the mass of cars and it was impossible to see the car ahead of me. As far as the hike, I’d say it’s more on the moderate side and it truly is spectacular. Go on a clear day and take in the views, and then make sure to jump into Eunice Lake to cool off. Also, bugs are starting to come out in full force, so bring your spray!

Hiked this on 11 Jul. Great trail, paved and easy. Great views. Snow still covering the trail bring poles if you're a beginner just in case.

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