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.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,522 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

closed
snow
8 hours ago

Gate is still closed. Attempted to hike, but snow on roadway half a mile from the gate.

hiking
1 day ago

HELP: Is this trail open?

hiking
bugs
11 days ago

Great view for the effort put in. Loved this one

hiking
15 days ago

if you call the carbon river ranger station they will tell ya but last year the gate opens june 1st. which is 5mi roughly before the trailhead

closed
snow
23 days ago

I made an attempt to do this hike but the gate is still closed as of 5/7/20. Snowshoed 5 miles from the gate to the lake. Started the Trail towards Tolmie Peak but its not passable. Still 5-6 feet of snow on the trail. Gonna take awhile for that to melt. I’ll come back in July to explore the area.

hiking
27 days ago

Does anyone know if this trail is open now?

snowshoeing
closed
snow
2 months ago

tried to get up to this one on 2/27/20. you can get to the trailhead after a 10 mile snowshoe on mowich lake road. (due to deep snow unless you have a big lifted truck with chains and studs it would be hard to get to the gate. if you get to the gate it is still about 5.5 miles worth of snowshoe to mowich) but when you will get there you will notice that the sign for the trailhead that is normally there, is buried in snow. it is very deep and the trailhead is nonexistant. unless you are a pro at navigating a map, i wouldnt even try it..

hiking
closed
icy
snow
3 months ago

closed 5 miles before trailhead. see above review

hiking
3 months ago

Does anyone know if this trail is closed? Or if there is too much snow? Hoping to hike it early-mid March but wanted to see if it was even open.

hiking
4 months ago

Cool

hiking
closed
icy
snow
6 months ago

Road to trail head is closed. You can hike up road 5 miles to trail head or take a short cut through the woods marked with orange on the trees to the left approximately 1.5 miles up the closed road. This trail leads to the road where the trail continues on the other side of the road but the trail is not marked & not obvious. This trail does the same, leads you to a road where the path continues once you cross. I believe this trail is marked but it’s name was not Tolmie Peak. Again, this path (which is very muddy) leads you to a packed snow and icy road. Follow this road up a .5 mile to find the trail head for Mowich lake. On this trail, stay left and you are now on your way to Tolmie peak. The last mile of the trail starting at Eunice lake had packed snow and ice. Our micro spikes (no poles) were sufficient. We hiked this trail on a a clear & sunny Monday (yesterday) and only encountered one other hiker and zero bugs that other reviews reported (I’m sure the colder weather helped). This hike is over 13 miles with the road being closed but so worth it. The scenery and terrain changes keep this hike interesting and beautiful. Mt Rainier is magnificently present at every turn. The views get better and better as you climb. Mt Baker and St Helens can be scene from the summit as well. With the mountains and lakes, this is a “must do” hike.

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closed
icy
rocky
scramble
snow
6 months ago

hiking
closed
icy
muddy
snow
7 months ago

Hiked the Tolmie Peak trail on 10/28/2019. The road to the trail head was closed, and it is about a 4.5-5 miles walk to the trailhead. There is a shortcut you can take through the woods though, which cuts the length to 3 miles. It’s in between the two waterfalls as you make your way to the trailhead. The start of the shortcut is marked by an orange flag on a tree and a piece of orange tape hanging off a branch on another tree. The trail was clear in some places, but muddy, snowy, and icy in some others. The snow was pretty hard, so you could walk over it instead of going straight through to knee level. Definitely worth hiking up the trail though! Mt Rainier is your companion as you walk up,and you really don’t feel the need to get to the lookout point! Excellent view of Eunice lake and Mt Rainier! Took ~3.5 hours to walk up to the peak from the road closure/car park, and ~2 hours to get back down.

hiking
closed
snow
7 months ago

Try to hike it today,road was closed,plenty of snow,will try later

hiking
muddy
snow
7 months ago

Hiked on October 5th, it was a cloudy and rainy day, but fun hike overall. Didn’t have too great of a view due to cloud cover.

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