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Tolmie Peak Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 1,522 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

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Lake

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Snow

No dogs

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NOTE: The road leading to the trailhead closes seasonally due to snow. If the road is closed, it is a 5 mile walk to the trailhead. Tolmie Peak Trail is a beautiful hike past alpine lakes and subalpine meadows to a fire tower lookout with great views of the surrounding peaks and a commanding view of Mount Ranier. The two-story structure houses a lookout station on the upper level and storage at ground level. With an elevation gain of 1000 feet, this lake trail takes hikers up to Eunice Lake, Ipsut Pass - part of the Wonderland Trail, and up to Tolmie Peak Lookout. The trailhead is located on the north side of Mowich lake in historic Mount Rainier National Park just southeast of Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, spawning six major rivers. A National Park Pass is required to access hiking trails in the park. NOTE: Check current trail conditions before heading out. Log footbridges frequently wash out during the winter and other conditions could be affecting the trail. The road to the trailhead closes during the winter.

A National Parks Pass is required to enter the park. Vault toilets, walk-in camp site, and a ranger station are at Mowich Lake Campground.

Mount Rainier National Park Wilkeson Wilderness Information Center P.O. Box 423 Wilkeson, WA 98396 Tel: 360.569.6020

Directions: From route 410 at Buckley turn south onto Route 165 (Mowich Lake Road) and proceed to the trailhead at the end of the road. There are no dogs in the park and you will need to pay the National Park Entrance Fee.

From Tacoma, east on Highway 410 to Buckley. Turn south on Highway 165 and drive 14 miles to Carbon River Road junction. Stay to the right on Mowich Lake Road and drive 17 miles to Mowich Lake Campground at roads end. The trailhead to Tolmie Peak is 0.5 mile before the campground. Park on the east shoulder of the road.

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Nicole Mercer
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HikingBugs

It was a fairly easy hike until the end where you go up to the fire lookout. Make sure you go on a clear day so you’re not socked in and can see the mountain! Also, when I went (3 summers ago) I was eaten alive by mosquitos. Absolutely no joke. I think I counted over 200 bites. So BRING BUG SPRAY! Lol. I never hike without it now. That was torture. But the view at the end is worth it! Have fun!

Lacey Seals
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Horseback riding

Does anyone know if this trailhead is opened up yet? Hoping to complete this hike on 7/11 if it is open. Thanks in advance.

Mark Marashchuk
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HikingClosedGreat!MuddyOff trail

The trailhead is still closed off 07/07/2020, so be prepared to hike a total of 20 miles from the gate lot. Though it's definitely worth hiking for then bugging out and camping overnight at the trailhead camps (with a permit of course).

Taylor R
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Hiking

Hard but so worth it! The viewpoint at the end is beautiful and the perfect spot to have a quick lunch break. It was fun seeing some wildlife as well

Kaylan Forbis
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Hiking

Did the hike last summer, 2019. Beautiful 70 degree sunny weather with no clouds. The view at the top was beautiful. Made me sweat a little but was too difficult. Last 10% of the trail towards the peak was the most difficult.

Dana Gilbert
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Hiking

Did this hike last summer 2019 in August. Loved it!! The dirt road to the trailhead is intense(to me, not the biggest outdoorsy person, kind of a city girl), I was glad my friend drove a suburu outback. Don’t drive to this trailhead in a regular car. View at the fire lookout was amazing and so memorable !! Loved loved loved

Carolyn Elizabeth
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Hiking

Hey, has anyone done Tolmie in the last 48 hours? How were the conditions?

Chris Grissom
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Hiking

Beautiful but unfortunately it was foggy for me

Geniece Brown
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6/24. Road still closed. We walked from the gate up the road 2 3/4 miles until the road was so deeply covered with snow we realized we wouldn’t be able to find the trail. It was a lovely walk even so. We will be back later this year to finish our hike! 11 miles of potholes in the road are no joke!

Adrian Azarias
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HikingSnow

Couldn’t find the trailhead, a road of snow leading to the lake is a hike in of itself. Also be aware there is an insane amount of potholes on the drive up, be careful when driving up when it’s foggy.

Cait L
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HikingSnow

On 6/21/20 the gate is still closed. Road to Mowich Lake (trailhead) is heavily snowed, so be prepared for a 5/6 mile hike just to get to the trailhead. The Tolmie Peak Trail itself is impossible to find. We met 2 other groups who gave up at the lake because they couldn’t find the trail. Just taking the road up (or the shortcut called “grindstone trail” which is marked with an orange marker in the tree) was beautiful though with many waterfalls and green trees. Will be back when the snow melts to get to the peak! And watch out for all the potholes on the road!

Diana Che
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

The road was closed 4.6 miles down and we walked 3.3 miles up that and experienced too much snow. Reviews did not mention the amount of snow just walking to the entrance. I recommend either wait until the snow melts further or get trekking poles, water proof shoes, water proof pants. We ended up giving up when we were 0.7 miles away from just the entrance.

Katie Bermingham
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Hiking

There is a gate that is closed about 4 miles to the trailhead. If you plan on walking in the road to the trail make sure you arrive early enough to do so. It turns a roughly 6 mile hike into about a 14 mile hike. Also, crazy amount of pot holes on the drive up.

Yasmin Karimi
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Phenomenal views of Mt. Rainer and all the mountain/lake scenery along the way.

Chris Thompson
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Hiking

It costs about $30 per car one time entry fee at either the Nisqually or Sunrise Park entrances. Or an annual pass costs about $65. Once in the park you can hike anything you want

Lacey Seals
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Hiking

Can anyone tell me if any kind of pass is required to hike the trails in Mount Rainer? I am from out of state and will be visiting there in about a month.

Justin Wang
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HikingClosed

For those that are curious - I reached out to one of the park rangers, and they informed me that the roads leading up to both the Tolmie and Fremont lookout trails typically open late June/early July. Once the roads open up, the trails will be open. https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/road-status.htm (Mowich Lake Rd for Tolmie, Sunrise for Fremont)

Mary Serna
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Bridge out

does anyone know if the gate to the trailhead is still closed?

Allison Downs
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Hiking

This is one of my favorite hikes. Try to make it up for sunrise and eat breakfast at the top. The view is breathtaking!

Holly Smith
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, however my phone made us stay on Carbon River Road. We did not make it to the peak sadly, but hiked a total of 16 miles. I can’t wait to actually take the correct way and make it to Tolmie Peak.

Holly Smith
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Hiking

I was only able to record the way back because I accidentally swiped out of the app. We saw so many cool waterfalls and some deer. It was a beautiful hike. Some wind fall across the trail when we reached the Wonder Land Trail

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Tolstoy Cheburaha
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ClosedSnow

Gate is still closed on 5/31. Attempted to hike, but snow on road half a mile from the gate, didn't make it to the lake, shoes got wet.

Isabel Farland
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Hiking

HELP: Is this trail open?

Krissy F.
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HikingBugs

Great view for the effort put in. Loved this one

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