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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,272 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

snow

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,

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bugs
over grown
27 days ago

the road to this trail is horrible. all gravel and filled with massive potholes. it took me 40 minutes to go 7 miles. you either have to swerve constantly to avoid as much as you can or bounce out of your seat hitting these. the trail itself is really buggy constant flies in your ear and the trail is one person wide and not even that at most times

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Fun trail. Unfortunately I chose a cloudy day to hit this one so my views at the end were pretty anticlimactic. However, now knowing what awaits at the top on a nice clear day, I wouldn’t mind venturing this way again at a later date.

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

It's an easy upward climb to a flat peak with a 360 degree view. I did it in my Tevas although I'd recommend something sturdier for the summit. Definitely worth the trek. The drive up is beautiful.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

So honestly this was a very boring hike imo... only reason I almost gave 3 stars was being able to hike to the summit and get some good pictures but even that was pretty lame tbh... then went down the trail and when I got to a sign saying I was at the end I was super irritated because I felt the drive up was prettier than what I just experienced... lots of bugs dear lord and long drive to get there just isn’t worth it... and yes the road is full of potholes my CRV did just fine tho

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bugs
1 month ago

Nice hike with a beautiful view of Mt Rainier and surrounding peaks. It was a bit hazy when I was there so I didn’t get to appreciate the lowlands while at the summit. Flowers were blooming, though the beargrass is spent. Aster, paintbrush, lilies, columbine, and many others are on display in the meadow areas. Bugs were annoying but not terrible. Didn’t see too many others on the trail this afternoon. All-in-all a great hike with my pup!

hiking
1 month ago

Road in is curvy and has many pot holes but my subaru outback made it in fine. Trail is easily followed but slightly overgrown, more so the begining 1/3. Views at the end are stunning. I enjoyed a clear morning and was able to see Mt. Rainier, Adams, St Helens, Mt Hood, and the Olympic range in the distance. Very worth a day drive from Seattle!

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

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bugs
1 month ago

Road to trailhead was very bumpy and seemed to be a little washed out. GPS took us a few hundred feet shy of the actual trail. (About 8.4 mi.) quite a few bugs, but the 360 degree view is definitely worth it. Wildflowers are out and about a 4.3mi. moderate hike.

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

The road to the trail has potholes everywhere and also some roads that the gps leads are overgrown, but definitely once you get to the real trail it was all totally worth it. Truly amazing view!

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bugs
over grown
2 months ago

The drive up to the trail head and bugs are totally worth the reward in the end! I would rate this a medium difficulty. trail condition is actual fairly decent. some rocky and muddy places and some over growth but the trail was obvious. The views and the wild flowers were amazing!

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rocky
2 months ago

Don't try to visit this trail if you have a car (you probably need something a bit higher off the ground like an SUV or a Jeep). The road to the trail head is very long, rocky, and has a lot of pot holes. I had to turn around because it got too bad only about 10% to the trail head. If you make the wrong move, and your vehicle is too low to the ground, you run the risk of busting your oil pan. I'll have to rent a Jeep and attempt this trail later.

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bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Lots and Lots of bugs! Trail was also narrow and overgrown in some areas but I would definitely go again to see the view!

hiking
2 months ago

good views in all directions. it was cloudy so Rainier wasn't visible, but good views of Tacoma and tje surrounding area through binoculars.

hiking
2 months ago

great views. cloudy so rainier wasnt visible.

hiking
2 months ago

360 degree views at the summit. Mt Rainier is magnificent! On a clearer day, you can see the neighboring mountains. The road up to the trailhead is bumpy and long but the views made it worth it! Barely any snow left (went in late June) on the trail and the wildflowers are in bloom.

hiking
3 months ago

Don't get discouraged by the road up to the trail head. It is long and pretty rough. But once you make it, the trail is awesome. Pretty easy climb with outstanding views. Got lucky with a clear day and was able to see Adams and Helens as well! Wildflowers were so pretty. Still a little snow in some places, but easily passable. Also love that this trail is dog friendly! Highly recommend.

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snow
3 months ago

The forest road is rough in places, but it climbs and climbs- meaning you have minimal elevation gain on the trail. June 16 and the wildflowers at poppin’! 30 feet of snow field across trail. Spikes not necessary, just careful footing.

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blowdown
snow
3 months ago

Today was a good day to do this hike. There is some remnant snow on the upper half of the hike leftover from the recent snowstorm but it should be gone in a few days. There are a couple of blowdowns to navigate but real issue with either one of them. If you are into epic views then this is the trail for you! You’ll be rewarded with a face full of Mt Rainier. Mt Adams and Mt St Helens to the south and on a really clear day you’ll also see Mt Hood in the distance. No real issues other than a few potholes and tall rocks in the roadway but if you go slow you can get there in virtually any vehicle.

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rocky
3 months ago

Stunning views!! Drive up to the trailhead is snow-free as of 6/2/19, some snow left on the trail but very doable, even with a pup.

hiking
4 months ago

Unable to get to the trailhead due to snow on the road probably a mile or two out from the trailhead. :-)

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