Is it open?!?

Well..? @Robert

sorry no it was not. the ranger said it will be open this weekend. I wish they had a number or email we can write to them. we got there and it was closed. He said they will be open this weekend and I checked the Mount Rainier website. But it doesn't give much info, besides roads are closed and what not. Sorry if I wasn't any help. I'm definitely going again this weekend and I'll let you know. I really loved the Mount Rainier area and all the waterfalls.

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snow
1 day ago

Robert-was this trail open?

hiking
3 days ago

Lots of cars in the parking lot. Saw one other person on the trail. Long switchbacks, snow towards the top; very manageable with some time/caution. 3 hrs to the top, very quiet, cloudy/foggy.

With road washed out to normal trailhead directions; consider when Mt. Rainier National Park opens at Nisqually entrance to take westside road hike to Lake George to Goat Lake instead. About 4.9 miles to Lake George from westside road gate. Then 1.6 miles to enjoy Gobblers Knob lookout. Then, back to saddle junction turn to Goat Lake for 1 mile hike to Goat Lake. Have not heard when the washed out forest service road is planned to be repaired for normal access to goat lake via Glacier View Wilderness.

hiking
4 days ago

Quiet morning on the trail...started a little cloudy but cleared up for amazing views on the upper bit and summit. Intermittent snow toward the top, maybe the last mile. But really doable if you have spikes and poles! Truly only a couple longer stretches (see my pics). I hit the summit around 8:30am so snow was hard, easily passable with no post-holing. Could become more of an issue on a hot day or toward the afternoon. You could see across to Sourdough Gap, Lower and Upper Crystal lakes (upper still very frozen), Summit House at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort (just could make it out), plus all the major southern volcanoes. Hardly saw anyone. My moving time was around 3.5 hours I think. Such a fun hike!

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muddy
snow
6 days ago

05/29/20, 65°f partly cloudy. Early in the hiking season and fitness wise, this was a moderately difficult hike for me. 4k gain in 3.5 miles means there's plenty of up. We had to strip boots off to ford the river at the waterfall as it was too quick and slick to cross. There wasn't persistent snow until the 2.7mi mark at 4900' but it was compact enough to take without snowshoes, crampons, or spikes. Poles are definitely a godsend on this hike! 7.1 mile hike took us just shy of 7 hours, slow and steady. A great fitness test for the early season!

Chris Barber- I'll be there in a couple of hours to let you know. Going there with a group of friends.

Is this trail and road access to it open?

hiking
10 days ago

My mom and I stopped once we got to the waterfall and turned around. Definitely an incline, but so incredibly worth it and gorgeous! I would probably bring hiking poles with me next time, but it was still tolerable without them. Some parts of the soil sink a little, so definitely make sure to have hiking boots for a good grip! Overall, not muddy since there is plentiful tree coverage, as you are in the middle of the woods.

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snow
10 days ago

Patchy snow about 1.5 miles in, then larger snowfields for most of the rest of the way. I brought poles and microspikes and was very glad I did. Others with just boots couldn't make it up the slippery snow areas. Amazing views of Rainier for most of the way, and then killer 360 views from the top of all the major volcanoes.

Looking for experienced partners to summit this summer! (Late June, early July). Anyone interested? Let’s talk! rubiodavid1981@gmail.com

Two summits the past two years, my number one piece advice for prospective summiteers is get in the best shape of your life. Second time I was in much better shape and it was WAY more fun. The best test I can recommend is, put 55 pounds on your back and get from the bottom of Mt. Si to the top in 2 hours or less. The following day, put 25 pounds on your back and get up in 1:45 or less. If you can do that without feeling like you are going to die, then you are ready. Enjoy this climb, it is otherworldly. Be thorough and methodical with your safety equipment.

Road closed due to wash out.

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off trail
12 days ago

This isn’t so much a review as a quick update based on our experience today. The entrance to the main road leading to the trailhead is currently closed to traffic. We ran into a park ranger entering this road, who told us that the road is tentatively going to open back up on June 4th. This was his best guest. We still went ahead and hiked down the road which is open to out and back hikers and cyclists. It would have been a little far for us to hike up to the trailhead, so we hiked down the road for a mile and trail blazed through a quarter mile of woods down to the white river. The river was very low, so we elected to hike down the river bed about 4 miles instead of following the road. Pretty stunning views of rainier despite not being on the actual trail. Can’t wait to come back when it’s open!

Great trail , beautiful lush forest up until almost the last mile when it opens to some amazing views . The last 1/2 mile still quite a bit of frozen snow so need good shoes . I forgot my boots so hiked in snickers up until snow area and then walked back down . Took around 5 hours . Great hike and very quiet .

muddy
over grown
13 days ago

This trail is a horse trail. It was very muddy and there are thigh high ruts. I would not recommend this trail. When we finally finished the hike two men, that we saw putting their horses in the trailer, laughed and asked if we were crazy to do the trail without a horse.

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snow
14 days ago

Great trail. It has 1,000 ft of elevation gain in the first mile, and then becomes pretty snowy. As of 23MAY there is a lot of snow at the top by the lake, and it is frozen over/snowed over. It was open and easy to get to with plenty of parking.

hiking
14 days ago

Very muddy nothing to see

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muddy
14 days ago

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bugs
16 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever

Hiked on Sat, 5/16. If you’re looking to get outside and take a little nature walk, this is a good trail. It’s mostly used as an equestrian trail or mountain biking, but that made it less trafficked than other hikes around. We didn’t see any other hikers, cyclists or horses all day. The trail is muddy and not well signed for this specific route. We chose to go on the Upper Elk Spur route at the first junction. Don’t take the Fawn crossing and after the Bear Creek campground, the trail takes you to a gravel road and picks up across the way, going uphill. At the next Y junction, take the Bull’s Run. We started to continue to Upper Elk Spur, but thankfully realized we were off trail without taking too much of a detour. While there’s no spectacular views or cool waterfalls on this hike and you can hear people shooting their guns at the shooting area near by, it was still a nice hike outdoors. We also didn’t have to deal with anyone else on the trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Great views from the top, microspikes needed and the last 1/2 mile is not larked

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washed out
26 days ago

Road is washed out right after the highway. Trailhead not accessible per these directions.

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closed
washed out
26 days ago

The road to the trail is completely gone. A landslide has taken out about 200 feet of road with no way of going around. This is maybe a half mile from the start of the road.

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