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Beautiful and challenging hike with amazing views!! If you aren’t ready to tackle summiting Rainier, Hike to Camp Muir. You will not be disappointed with the views!!!

The meadow features flowers and glaciers. It’s like another planet, and it smells like laundry detergent. We saw bear and a mountain goat.

13 days ago

We drove up the long grave road yesterday (5/13/18) to the trail head. The grave road is no joke and took us about 30 minutes or so, thank god I rented a SUV. But the road was closed about 5.5 miles before the trail head. We decided to walk up the road anyways to make it to the lake and trail head. A lot of people started to walk but most turned around do the the amount of snow covering the roadway. It was very tough and the snow was deep so come prepared but the lake is beautiful! It is iced over but amazing! We went to the lake and back to the car and it took about 4 1/2/ hours to do about 11 miles out and back.

Went here about April 21, 2018
The snow was so bad that you had to park 5 miles from the trail head. We tried to charge ahead but as the day got warmer it was much easier to break through the snow and was difficult to progress. We didn’t make it to the trailhead because our feet were so wet and even the dog didn’t really want to go further.
I am not going to write a bad review for a place that I didn’t get to see but I’m definitely going to come back. Very long road before trailhead (note there was 5 Miles we would’ve had to walk) and had a fair amount of potholes.
Have fun!

Hiked this 2 days ago. The road is washed out about 1/2 mile from the trailhead (coming from Packwood area) but is an easy walk in. The trail itself is beautiful and green for the spring. It has a few steep ups and downs but they are split up by rolling flats.

An incredible trail that is well worth the hike. I was a bit out of shape so it was a little harder than I expected. We got up early so we could beat everyone onto the trail which is a great general rule if you want to keep at your own pace.

The views are incredible. One of my absolute favorite hikes.

1 month ago

so gorgeous...

Absolutely stunning. Climbed to the summit via DC route from July 15-17 (took a rest day at Camp Muir due to high winds on the upper mountain). Bluebird summit bid, with a few ladder crossings over some deep crevasses. Would love to climb it again! It's definitely a challenge, but if you study the route, are in great physical and mental shape, and are willing to push your limits, there's no doubt you will make it to Columbia Crest!

4 months ago

Nice hike with the dog! On a Sunday only saw 2 other people the whole time. A bit muddy in parts but not bad. Nice mix of scenery and terrain.

4 months ago

Hiked it in July 2017. Beautiful views. Beautiful hike. The last mile is basically straight up. Pack a lunch and enjoy it. Took the kids with us (almost 4 and almost 2 at the time) one in a hiking pack and the other on foot. Older one hiked all but the last mile up to the look out. Would do it again. Wish clouds hadn’t covered Rainier once we reached the top. But still stunning non the less.

Incredible 10/31/17 hike! No snow cover yet, great views of Ranier plus Adams, Hood, St Helens, and Baker. Tough but worth it!

The gravel road to the trailhead is rough. But the waterfall is great if you can scramble up the boulders to get right up to it. The 2nd half up to the alpine meadows is steeper, but the wildflowers and Rainier views are worth it. About 4 hrs round trip.

off road driving
7 months ago

fun took my 4runner

7 months ago

Hiked this 10-14-17
Road closed 4.2 miles from the trailhead/Mowich Lake so be prepared to hiked 4.2 miles in snowy conditions. The snow levels will change obviously with the temps going up and down but here is what we expericed on 10-14-17
-Parked car at gate closure and hiked 4.2 miles in
-First 2-3miles was packed snow approx 3-4", you will walk in one set of tire tracks the first couple miles.
-At approx 3-4 miles in the snow is deeper 4-8" and the snow is no longer packed and you just have one tire track to walk in to keep feet dry.
-Last little section, maybe 15-20min, the tire tracks stop and you are just left with footprints to walk in to stay dry.
-When you get to the lake we expericed 1-2ft of snow around the lake basin. The actual trail to the lookout was completely snowed in and unaccessible (at the time of hiking this).
- We were bummed we couldnt do the lookout but were satisfied with Mowich Lake...its was AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL with the fresh snow and crisp air. Totally worth hiking 4.2 miles up to the lake. We had clear sunny skies and about 40 degrees so it was enjoyable since we dressed accordingly.
Get out and do this hike BUT be ready for snowy conditions and a long hike in the snow. We pretty much power walked it up and it took us 2hrs and a pretty fast rate we hiked.
ALSO the last 10-20 min of the road up is an absolute pot hole nightmare. No snow on this part but just a ton of pot holes. Any car can make it up (we had a tiny car) just take your time and try to serve around them.
Get out there and see it with the snow its amazing!!!
I'll have photos in in the coming weeks of the hike on IG if anyone is interested @m_packmore

Did this trail in the reverse direction camping at Sunrise Camp for the night and continuing up and over the ridge on the second day which afforded us much better views given the weather. We tried to do a side trip to Fremont lookout but the fog rolled in. There was about 8 inches of snow at Sunrise and much more as we got higher and more exposed. I'd recommend having some traction and maybe even snowshoes after this point in the year. But those views were amazing on the clear day, it felt like Rainier was right in our faces.

Hi Katherine Wong, This is a late reply to your questions, but I'd say YES to all of them! I did this as a solo female hiker who rented a Hyundai to take me to every trailhead in the North Cascades, Olympic NP, and Mt. Rainier areas. It is a beautiful hike with views of Mt. Rainier the whole way. The trail to the outlook is on the edge of the mountain that can seem kind of sketchy if you have an issue with heights, but I recommend it since it gives you a different viewpoint of Rainier and the surrounding mountains and valleys. The signage is good and the trails are easy to follow. The Frozen Lake wasn't a lake when I was there, so it confused me to thinking I was on the wrong trail, but the signs straightened me out :) I also hiked to the first and second Burroughs to catch a view of the glacier at a wonderful overlook to eat lunch. Most of the trail is in the sun and above tree line, so bring hat, sunscreen, and water. Totally doable by yourself if you are used to hiking distances.

Awesome time! A little harder than I thought but so worth the sweat!

7 months ago

The 16 mile gravel road was jarring and scary at some points, but once you get there, it was all worth it. The trailhead gives you a beautiful glimpse of Mowich Lake through the trees. About 1 mile in, the trail descends for about 0.3 mile, then starts really going up. The last mile was pretty steep and muddy at point points, but very fun- especially when you start seeing Eunice Lake. The view at the top is phenomenal and takes your breath away for a different reason. Beware: the chipmunks are clearly too used to people and will climb on you to beg for food.

I'm going to review this a little differently:
The trail and the brilliant views at the fire lookout makes this one my top favorite! I've hiked the paradise and sunrise ... but this beats them both within the Mt. Rainier NP.
About the road to get to the trailhead, what a misery :( 15miles of dirt road, of which 9miles have some serious damaged road with potholes and no neon/radium indicators or even road fences! So if you skid off of the dirt road, well you will either make it to heaven or hell. Never back to earth :/ I rate this drive 2 ⭐️
Please make sure to drive at least a 4x4, carry a swimsuit if you want to jump in one of the 2 lakes, they are both clear and quite pleasant.

I posted a few pics of the potholes :D so you know they ain't not no tiny easy puddles!

I am planning to summit Mount Rainier, anybody interested in joining?

7 months ago

Awesome Trail ! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much @ the top of the peak due to the fog but that comes with the season. It was still so beautiful ! I was definitely blindsided by the hour worth of potholes on the drive up & the $25 entry fee .. but still WORTH IT

8 months ago

Definitely worth the 10mi round trip hike! The 2nd half of it has been very slushy from the recent snow melting. I'd recommend hiking boots for traction coming down!

Amazing view at the top. Could see Mt. St. Helens clearly as well as Mt Baker in the far distance.

It was a great short hike and perfect for beginners. I took my little sister there for her first hike. I did not expect so much snow though and was not prepared. Overall, the view point and the view was all very worth it.

Fantastic trail! Was a far easier trail than was initially explained to me. Yes there are steep areas, but there are several places that are flat that you can get through fast to make up time spent on the steep areas. The steepest park was the last mile up to the fire lookout.

8 months ago

Highly recommended! An AWD or a 4x4 is also recommended due to the 20 mile dirt road you'll travel on to get up to the trail head. I went at sunrise and it was the most beautiful view of Mount Rainier Ive seen so far.

This trail starts off very easy, it's almost flat for most of the trail until the last .9 mile and then it's straight up to the lookout. Worth it, though.

First time in Mount Rainier National Park did not disappoint! The hike in challenging in spots, but so worth it once you get to the top! We even saw deer on the way up, which didn't seemed bothered by us. The view is stunning of Mount Rainier. Glad the weather was good too!

8 months ago

Combined this one with Tolmie Peak. We hadn't planned on it but totally worth the trip to the falls (about 3 miles RT). Recommend hiking a little up through the boulder field.

8 months ago

We can see why this hike is rated so highly! Unfortunately, we had some residual smoke which limited our visibility of Rainier. The dirt road going up certainly jars your insides for about an hour, but you forget that instantly. It was such an enjoyable hike that you don't realize how much ground you cover in a short period of time. We combined this with Spray Falls. Recommend as a must for Rainier NP.

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