Glacier View Trail (#267)

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Glacier View Trail (#267) is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.1 miles
1,272 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





wild flowers


over grown


From Tacoma, south 40 miles on Highway 7 to Elbe. Turn east on Highway 706 and continue 3 miles east of Ashford and turn left (north) onto Copper Creek Road (Forest Service Road 59). Continue 8.2 miles up this road to the trailhead, taking left at 2.8 miles, straight at 4.3 miles, and straight at 7 miles from SR 706,

1 month ago

Great family hike with the dog! Road to get to trail head is worse at the bottom and much better at the top. Trail head was easy to find, we only saw a few other people all day. Lots of climbing at the beginning and end of the trail, rolling terrain in between. Trail in good shape and easy to follow. Top is a rocky bluff with steep cliffs on both sides, but the views are amazing! The description of 4.1 miles seemed accurate to us. Some bugs but not too bad.

1 month ago

The road was snow-free, but very bumpy. Someone in a Toyota Corolla made it to the trail head, however, so with mindful driving it is possible. The trail was overgrown with huckleberries at the start. As the trail info shows, the first mils is a steady climb. We were there just after a rainstorm, so the tree roots on this part of the trail were very slick and there were a few places where you could see someone before had slipped for a step. Be wary of that and it should not be a problem. Snow was gone - almost. There was a section about ten feet with snow. It was navigable with just boots, but I was wishing I had poles for stability. Even though there were clouds, the view was great. Wild flowers were in bloom and provided a great incentive to continue. We saw birds and signs of elk, oh, and a frog, but no other wildlife. I plan to do this hike again and explore some of the other hikes in the area.

2 months ago

Made my 3rd attempt to complete this hike. You still can only get to the trailhead if you have a 4WD with high clearance. A Jeep Grand Cherokee was stuck in a small patch of snow 0.5mi from the trailhead so I started there with my dog. There are only patches of snow on the road, but in the last mile before the trailhead, on the east side of the ridge, those patches are more frequent and deeper. This will be relevant later.

The first mile or so of the trail is great, a very constant but manageable climb. The trail has not been trafficked much since the snow has only recently cleared. Bugs were not out at all, nor any other wildlife. There was only small patches of snow on flat sections of the trail while traversing the western side of the ridge. Nothing that inhibits movement at all. About.6-.7 miles from from trailhead the trail crosses the ridge and follows the eastern side of the ridge. This is where I ran into problems. There are several large patches of snow on steep sections of the trail. The snow is soft and we were able to cross a few sections, but I had no crampons or poles and it was not worth the risk and the dog was pretty unsure of his footing so we turned back. We made it about 1 mile down the trail itself.

This trail is doable now with equipment, but if you dint have equipment I would wait another 2-3 weeks for the eastern side of the ridges to clear up a little more

7 months ago

Couldn’t make it up to the trailhead without 4 wheel drive and there was quite a bit of snow. Sure it’s beautiful though if you can make it up!

10 months ago

Nice hike, deep forest almost the entire way with great views at the top. Could use a little stewardship for the first 1/5 of the trail as it has really overgrown and there is a large bee hive right on the trail about 2/3 of the way up.

11 months ago

Nice hike although little Smokey on this day limited viewing and not the best for breathing the smoke rolled in on my way there.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

This was an ok hike. The first 3/4 of a mile are uphill but after that levels out for the next mile. Then steep again for the summit. The smoke from the Canadian fires made the view not as good as it could be. Overall easier hike

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

This trail was so worth the 9-mile, rocky, pot-holed drive up a dirt road to the trailhead. Drive slowly and look out for larger rocks in the middle of the road. When you get to the very end of the road, look to your right and the trailhead is there, hidden by some bushes. It was a bit hard to spot but look closely! The views at the top are incredible. Amazing views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Helens, and Adams. It was like a dream up there! It was pretty buggy so bug spray helped deter the bites.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

This trail was impossible to find and the road that I was instructed to take to it had huge pot holes. On the way down I blew a tire. The view I saw was nice but "paradise" was better.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Great hike, not too rocky, great view. Outside the park so you can bring your dog. First part is a little overgrown now. I tracked the miles to the summit with a different app and it clocked 6.2 so it's more than 4 miles. Also if you go back to the fork and take a right it's another mile ish to a lake.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Still lots of snow in July. Be prepared for unpredictable weather as well. Solid hike.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

We recently snowshoed from the trailhead at Paradise Lodge, what an amazing experience. The views of the mountain, Nisqually glacier, and the valley below were amazing. Absolutely a must do if you are in the area.

If interested follow the link below to see some of our footage:

Monday, October 26, 2015

If your looking for something off the beaten track this one is great. we went on a cloudy day so unfortunately we didn't get a good view but the hike was great, lots of very beautiful old growth and the drive was fantastic. Also the road wasn't bad considering we took a PT cruiser.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

It might seem discouraging at first going ~20 mph for 8.5 miles on a very rough dirt road to reach the parking area-however you won't regret it. It's a great trail with a rewarding view!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Overall, this is a great hike! Not overly challenging and the view at the top is great!! Only saw a few other hikers so it felt like we were alone, which was nice. The only downside to this hike is the drive up to the trailhead after getting off the highway (long and very bumpy)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Beautifu well maintained trails with breath taking views at the top. 9 mile drive down a gravel forest road full of pot holes took about 30 minutes at 20 mph. Forrest service roads not marked.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday 7-27-2014: My wife and I hiked to Glacier View on sunny Sunday. We missed the turnoff from SR 706 because my Garmin GPS did not have FR 59 on the map. We turned around and found FR 59. The forest road was rough at places, but we drove Subaru Forester and had no problem. We arrived at the trailhead around 11:30 and the parking lot was nearly full. Wildflowers were blooming, penstemons, paintbrushes, lupines, tiger lilies, avalanche lilies, etc. Weather was mostly sunny and warm. The trail was in good condition. The view of Mount Rainier was great. Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Baker were visible. Everything was good except there were so many bugs, mosquitoes, deer flies, and bees. Mosquitoes were especially bad. We used bug spray, but it was not enough. We both had many mosquito bites.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Amazing views of Rainier, Adams, and St Helen's on a clear day. The trail is slightly over grown in sections but overall a great short little hike. 3 miles round trip once you make the trailhead.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Pretty steep for the first 3/4 mile. Well worth it once you get to the top saw 3 mountains.
A little snow on the way. Took 3 hours. Round trip

Sunday, October 07, 2012

There's a parking area right by the trail head, but the dirt road getting there is pretty rough. Pretty sizeable ruts in the road which make it a slow slog in cars with less than 12in ground clearance. After about 45 min of creeping along, i found a place to park my car and walked on the road until i got to the trail head. Beautiful vistas along the road and walking to the trail head added a mile or so to the hike as well.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

This provides a fabulous view of the west side of Rainier on the approach and at the end of the trail. In between, lots of trees, some wildflowers. A nice forest hike for a hot day, but not too interesting until the end where the view is spectacular.

Friday, March 09, 2012

A trail with views on the approach road, and a terrific view (not just of Mt Rainier) at the end. The approach road (FS 59) can be a bit rough, particularly at the lower end. Usually not too much traffic! The trail is about 5 miles (round-trip), takes 2 to 3 hours.

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