DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,473 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

The initial 3.5 miles to round pass is underwhelming to say the least. Although, there were some nice views of the river and Mt Rainier about a mile in. Also, the amphitheater was neat to see. Otherwise just an old road path that’s been shut down to auto traffic. The additional 1 mile (0.9) to Lake George from Round Pass is where the real “hiking” began. I wouldn’t categorize this mile and elevation gain as “easy” but moderate. We hiked it the day before Memorial Day and we lost the trail about a quarter mile from the lake due to snow. We actually had to use our GPS on our phone to just wander in the right direction and hope we didn’t fall through the snow. We found it eventually and it was frozen over but still absolutely stunning. The walk back down the road was tedious and a bit boring so we jogged part of it. Lake George was this hikes redeeming grace and why it gets 4 stars.
This hike is good for older children or wearing smaller children in carriers, but be prepared to carry them 9 miles round trip if they don’t walk at all.