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Tolmie Peak Trail

MODERATE 943 reviews

Tolmie Peak Trail is a 5.5 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: 5.5 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.

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1 month 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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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.

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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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1 month ago

moderate hike, 1.5 hour up, 1 hour down. 5.5 mile overall length. pretty nice views.

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1 month ago

The road is closed so it is an extra 10 miles (5 miles there and 5 back) to walk the road to get to the trail head and then back to your car. Someone told us about a shortcut to cut off about a mile of the road walk. Not marked so make sure your looking to the right when you come down and it’s on the left when your going up.

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1 month ago

Very icy road driving up. Doable without tire chains. Surprisingly nobody has mentioned that no pet is allowed for this trail. Snows everywhere and having spikes on make a huge difference. About 6 miles and took us 2.75hrs round trip. Easy/moderate hike with epic view at the top. Perfect season to visit.

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2 months ago

Lots of snow but is doable without any spikes or poles. Super beautiful day out but once I got to the summit the fog rolled in so sadly there was no views. Pretty easy all the way until you pass eunice lake then it’s a up hill climb that makes a killer workout but it’s so rewarding once you make it to the top. There were a lot more hikers than I expected but not too crazy.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

great trail on on a crummy October day. definitely will be back next year.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice hike today. Little muddy this time of year. Little snow up top, not bad though.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Fun little hike with AMAZING views! But definitely recommend waterproof boots!

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