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Tolmie Peak Trail

MODERATE 936 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

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

no dogs

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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muddy
snow
3 hours 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.

hiking
muddy
snow
18 hours 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.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days 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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snow
4 days ago

fishing
muddy
6 days ago

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

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muddy
6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

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

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muddy
snow
9 days ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

Good small hike! A little bit of snow and ice but really good trail conditions.

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muddy
snow
10 days ago

Gorgeous views! Good trail, well maintained. A few spots were mud/hard to not get feet wet if footwear not waterproof. Trail had *Snow* (only couple inches deep but compacted & slick) on Tue 10/1/19 at trailhead for about 50ft, several small spots along the way, and for last ~3/4 mile up to peak. It would have been better if I had not forgotten my poles. Still was very enjoyable hike! Busier than anticipated for a Tue. But maybe others were trying to get in a good hike on such a beautiful weather day before it gets cold, just like we were :)) It is a moderate hike, but elevation gain for the ~3/4 mi up to peak definitely felt like upper limit of moderate.

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muddy
rocky
12 days ago

One of my favorite hikes to date! Especially for the sunrise. Lots of Flora and beautiful views.

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bugs
12 days ago

Not too bad. A great hike with great scenery!

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muddy
rocky
19 days ago

hiking
muddy
20 days ago

The view is so beautiful! Definetly worth the climb. I would rather say that this hike is at the more difficult side of ‘moderate’. Some parts were a bit muddy, but you could perfectly pass. Quite busy on the weekends Hiked it on Saturday 21st September

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fee
muddy
21 days ago

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

This trail makes for a moderate hike that is sure to please most visitors. There is a bumpy stretch of road for a good distance before the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, there’s a beautiful lake and the beginning of the trail is along the lakeside. The sometimes muddy trail took me about 1.5 hrs to get to the fire lookout. It gets pretty steep toward the end after the second lake, but the views at the top are well worth it. Many meadows in the summer and a gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier. Also, the clouds and fog definitely take away from the Mt. Rainier view, but there’s many other smaller beauties in the nature surrounding the hike. Many people with kids and families as well. Busy on weekends and need to bring $30 to pay for the National Parks Pass. Fun hike and I plan on doing it again next summer!

hiking
fee
22 days ago

Really beautiful, and a good variety of scenery between the forest, the fields, and the lake. I'm sure it's even more beautiful when it's clear and you can see the mountain, but with all the fog that wasn't a possibility for me. I saw some good wildlife and I can just imagine all the wildflowers in the Spring! The one thing that killed me is that stretch of uphill towards the very end, after your legs have gotten used to the downhill travel. I was definitely ready to be done at that point.

hiking
muddy
25 days ago

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fee
muddy
rocky
25 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

very will maintained trail with amazing views. The water at the upper lake was amazing!

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