Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Mount Rainier Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Alltrails directions took me to the trailhead! Yay! Another rare, warm late October day! Unbelievable! I started out at 9:15, blue sky,sunny. I had to take off my coat about 1/4 mile down, shwuu! Hot! The trail is gradual uphill all the way to sheep lake, parallels 410 mostly. Trails kind of narrow and if you suffer vertigo just hug the inner parts, if you look to your right down on the highway it may give you the “Willy’s” lol, I arrived at the lake 10:30 am ground was frozen, no snow, bugs. Beautiful clear lake. I stayed only 5 minutes as my goal was panhandle gap , crystal lakes. So the trail heads up on the right side of the lake. I didn’t notice any real steep sections, up and up yes but no stair climbing, not like coming up from the other side on 410! I reached the gap 1.5 miles later and little under 2 hours. I stopped several times to feast on the views of Adams and hillside fall colors in the distance. Once you reach the gap consider going thru you’ll see pct, go left stay upper trail only 8 minute walk to another opening and walk down from there another one minute and you’ll be amazed! Mt. Rainier in your face! Crystal lakes down below! Head down to crystal lakes and eat lunch it’s only another 15 minutes down! I was there 2 days ago so I didn’t go down all the way, instead I found some rocks to sit on and ate lunch, beautiful October hike!

Did this after peak color season (4 days ago) but glad I did, had better fall colors than Naches loop.

A must hike every year. we did this hike past Sunday. Fall colors are vibrant!

Beautiful day for this hike! Easy hike- the only steep part is if you go down to Dewey lake. BUT- with a good hiking partner and good conversation, it doesn’t seem too bad. We live in such a beautiful place!

등산초보도 갈수 있다. 7월에 야생화가 많다

fantastic out and back day hike!

We started at the left side of the loop. scenic veiws and in the valley soon after we started. at our end which is the right of the loop its alot of down hill, but not to steep so if you want a good work out from the start, start with the right side first. the whole loop is 3.2 or 3.4 the 6 miles is if you include to go down to Dewey lake. which we didnt due to alot of smoke in the air. it was just time to be done. August 18 2018 if Dewey lake is your main destination start with the right side of the trail loop youll get there faster.
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This trail has so many beautiful waterfalls! It’s rated moderate which it may be in spring when there’s water to cross but in the summer I’d say this one is easy.

Probably the most scenic hike I’ve been on so far. Every corner and bend provided a breathtaking view. This trail did not disappoint!

Trail in great condition. Busy trail but people spread our enough while walking. Beautiful wild flowers. Great views of Mt. Rainier.

Loved the trail and will have to come back when less smoke from wildfires in the air.

Great hike for all levels... we continued past Sheep Lake and hiked into the National Park above Crystal lake. Lots of bang for your buck.

Stunning views of Rainier and bright, colorful wildflowers. AND water! Hike is not too difficult but beware of misquitos. I had long sleeves and long pants but still got around 50 bites. Douse yourself in bug spray. It's the only way.

its my 3rd time in this trail have the best view every time I have visitor from anther state and they want visit Mt Rainier that will be the best place for it

love this area and the wildflowers are beautiful late july/early August

One of my favorite overnight hikes.

Good hike with kids. Snow covered parts of the trail so you have to search for it a bit. Sheep lake is beautiful, could spend all day there. We took our dogs, even though it was questioned in previous reviews. Would do this again!


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trail description says NO DOGS, but this trail is technically outside of of the park boundary and according to WTA.org, dogs on leash are allowed. I suggested an edit, but there was no place for comments to explain the edit.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Breathtakingly beautiful and very challenging. This location is by far one of my most favorite parks.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

we stayed at the ohanapecosh campground and decided to go on this loop "hike" our first day there. very easy and I walked it in my tevas. the falls are very pretty. nice loop; easy and serene. not a lot of foot traffic when we were there.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hiked in late July. Nice easy hike with some good views.

This is great trail, the fall is just awesome!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Beautiful any time of year.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Love this hike. Fairly easy to lake but a pretty good work out to the gap. Keep going through gap and stay left on the trail. There's another gap with lake and view of Rainier. No dogs past that point. National Park boundary.

For how many people use this trail it was in pretty good condition. The views are great and the area very clean. I went with a scout troop and even the youngest made the hike to the lake with a pack with only a few breaks. It was difficult to find an empty camp site because we arrived late Friday (around 9pm) but the trail was easy to follow. I will be taking my family up here in the near future.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Trailhead is very easy to find, just past the restroom at end of parking lot. Very nice hike, no bugs in September. Can be a bit dusty if no rain recently and you are following hikers. Suggest hiking past the gap towards Crystal Lake for views of Mt Ranier. Sheep Lake is very picturesque and a great short hike.

Such a nice hike

I couldn't find the trail head. anyone know where it is.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Great trail for the kids. Gradual incline up to the lake. 1st part of the trail has a steeper drop off on the side and you can hear the cars on 410 but as soon as you round the corner about a mile in all car sounds fade. Lake has a couple of great areas to relax and eat lunch and play in the lake. We continued on to Sourdough Gap and had great views of the Cascades and Mt. Adams.

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