Paul Peak Trail

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Paul Peak Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Orting, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

6.3 miles
1,368 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

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wild flowers

no dogs

1 month ago

Was very pretty very good work out but the end isn’t really worth the trek back up! The bridge across the river is washed out.

2 months ago

We were aiming to do Spray Park but the last few miles to the trailhead were closed down so this was an alternative. There is not a lot to see on this trail -- uninspiring is definitely a good way to put it -- though it's quiet and clean, and through the trees you can catch a glimpse of Ranier peak once in a while. There are a few switchbacks, but you're essentially hiking downhill initially. There was also still some snow when you crossed the creek.

At the trail junction (or turnaround point) there's an option to head back up to Mowich Lake via the Wonderland trail. The last 1-1.5 miles of the Wonderland Trail was still under snow, and there are no trail markers anywhere except at the trail junction between Paul Peak & Wonderland, so I wouldn't advise pushing through.

10 months ago

Seems like most people on here came for Tolmie Peak, but did this one instead because the road was closed. A little disappointed given I've seen better views of Mt. Rainer, but I got a good workout in. If you are looking for great views make sure you do research on whether or not trails like Tolmie Peak aren't closed off because of the snow. I still got great pictures though! Just wish Tolmie Peak was open!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A lot of switch backs. Bottom was kind of uninspiring. Don't think I'd recommend this one.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Decent trail with pretty good views of the mountains. Switchbacks kicked my butt but not terrible. Didn't see any wildlife though

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

We were originally going to hike Tolmie, but it was still closed due to snow. Hiked the 4 miles or so down to the river had some lunch and trekked back up. We have a six and nine year old who did very well. There is lots of switch backs so it helps with how much elevation you cover. The forest was beautiful as was the river, however if you want a hike with lots of spectacular views this is not it. It's pretty, but more a jaunt in the woods rather than breathtaking views that Rainier is know for.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

We hiked this trail because the road to Tolmie Peak was closed. A ranger told me that the gates are predicted to open again on 6/250/17. Paul Peak was an okay hike to me. Be careful, the road is a little bit rough. There are a lot of big deep holes on the rode. I didn't have any problems driving my Subaru Legacy Outback. If your car's ground clearance is low, you have to drive very carefully or not drive on this road at all.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Awesome trail for the magnificence of the forest and the view . I continued the trail via the Paul Peak link which take you to the upper lake after a long climb out , but the reward of the falls and the lake is fantastic, especially when 3 Nice ladies serve you hot tea at the top !

Friday, May 27, 2016

We ended up hiking this trail because the road to Spray Falls was closed, so we went into this blind. The road getting here is ROUGH. I drive a 4 wheel drive Ford Escape and it was still not an easy trek. The trail itself is very beautiful and quiet. Quite a few downed trees that you have to climb over. The reason I will never do this trail again is that you start by going downhill, then you have to turn around and go back up too many switchbacks to count. We went all the way to the river to eat a lunch, stick our feet in the cold glacier water, and prepare for our hike back up. In total it was about 8 miles. There are a few times on the switchbacks that you can see the mountain, and it is breathtakingly beautiful.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

the trail it's self was great started down and ended with the hike back up not bad we had a six yr old with us that did most of the climb with only minor complaints.
I did not SE more then 8 to 10 other hikers on the trail on an overcast rainy Saturday.
the views were amazing the piece and quiet was something I have not heard in a long time. we enjoyed this hike very much.
the road up to the trail head was filled with pot holes for the last 11 miles. that was the only thing that was not a favorite of mine for this hike.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The trail itself was nice, there were a few downed trees but nothing we couldn't climb over. But the drive. The ride coming up the dirt road was unbearable so many potholes from the atv s and jeeps! it was brutal! and we have an Suv

Monday, June 01, 2015

I absolutely loved this hike. The scenery the whole time is quite beautiful. I suppose the biggest challenge is that you begin going down hill and the return is going up. Overall, 6.2 miles if you stop at the signage where Wonderland begins. Breathtaking views of Ranier and hardly any people. Maybe saw a total of 8 for the entire journey... about 2.5 hours on a Saturday. Definitely recommend it to anyone who has the time to make the trip up.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Thanks to all the previous posts. I rode with some friends who invited me along. Orting must be the "largest" town closeto this trail head. You go through two more smaller towns (don't blink) before you get there. Road was paved except for last 10 or 11 miles. Very slow going trying to avoid potholes, this road not recommended for smaller/low to the ground vehicles.

The trail was great. Snow was all gone, trail was clear. The trail itself itself is nicely maintained. We crossed one little stream over a downed tree (had a hand rail). There were 3 or 4 good sized downed trees over the trail, but they were pretty easy to get around or over. A portion of the trail had quite a few switchbacks and the trail narrowed some. We got to the trail marker to go to the Wonderland Trail (3.1 mi more) or to S. Mowich River Camp (0.8 miles). We stayed to the right and went to the river. Signage at the trail head indicated bridge was washed out, so we made that our final destination/turn around point. It was a beautiful day for a hike. Would love to do this trail again.

Note that you start out hiking downward, finish coming up. I prefer to hike up first. Will need to research that starting point.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

This was a great hike that has a round trip mileage of 6.2 miles. The first part and the last part are the most challenging coming back due to switch backs and ascending the 1000 ft you came down originally. Plenty of water features and views of Mt. Rainier along the way. Be sure to wear good shoes for the uphill challenge. Have fun!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

3.1 out and 3.1 back. Somewhere in the woods we crossed Paul Peak. A brief spot about 3/4 of the way out for mountain photo op. Kind of anti climatic when reach the end, which is the intersection with the Wonderland Trail. Another mile or so and you hit the river.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Very good hike. My father and I went on this hike and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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