McDonald Mountain Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

McDonald Mountain Trail is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ravensdale, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2539 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

10/2/2017 (Monday) - In this cloudy and chilly day, I am the sole hiker on the whole route. There is no second person or second car at the trailhead. The first half mile is getting narrower and rugged because of thorny overgrowth and washouts, but one does not feel like walking on a service road like the higher 2 miles. If the weather is cloudless, one may get an awesome view from the opening in front of the radio tower, but I don't get the luck today.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is beautiful through the forest with all the flowers and the views were also amazing. I would rate this trail a moderate plus, the trail itself was fairly smooth and easy going however there is a steady incline that was very challenging. Also this trail system is unmarked and has lots of different route options. We were never able to find the benches with the view of Rainier because there were so many different trail options near the top to take and were too exhausted to hike down all of them. Overall, this trail was a great workout but I wont be coming back a second time.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Towards the end the trail splits and hikers are pointed to the left which ends at a closes access road the real views are beautiful is you head towards Rainer and go straight and ignore the stone arrow.

hiking
4 months ago

Did 10.5 mi roundtrip and 2500 foot gain with Ron and Winchester and Gracie to the bench past the tower and this viewpoint.

hiking
4 months ago

Great steep climb. Good for a larger group because of the service roads used to climb to the top.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

the middle third of the hike is a bit of a slog up an old road but the views to the north in that section are pretty incredible. rattlesnake ledge and my di all the way up to glacier peak and mt Baker. take the trail on the left just before the radio tower for a short hike to the south side of McDonald and take in an awesome view of My Rainier, there is even a couple benches
cobbled out of slash to relax on.

walking
4 months ago

Only few miles track, after that and access road, good vegetation and views

hiking
5 months ago

First 15min are best part of the hike. last 2/3 are an access road, not a trail

5 months ago

This was a nice hike. I would recommend hiking boots. Follow the arrows that someone kindly made. I will definitely do this one again when it gets nicer out.

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