Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Enumclaw with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

My original goal was to hike Crystal Peak, but confirmed that the Mt Rainier National Park is still closed and the trailhead to Crystal Peak is a few miles into the park. So, I found the Norse Peak trail using the mobile app and decided to give it a try. It's rated as "Difficult", but there's nothing technical about it. You will hit snow at one point, but if you have microspikes and sticks you'll be fine. You'll hike right through the area devastated by last September's fire, but the good news is that it opens the trail up to the views and makes navigation much easier. The scene from the top is pretty amazing. I actually met Tyler (see his review below) at the summit and we talked for a bit. You can definitely see six peaks from the summit (Rainier, Adams, St Helens, Glacier, Baker, Hood), but Adams and Rainier are the only obvious ones. You'll have trouble recognizing any others. I posted some photos with markers so you can know where to look.

hiking
14 days ago

I started the day wanting to do a loop to goat lake, basin lake, crown point and norse peak. Well due to the forest fire last year most of the trail above the switchbacks is washed out. After spending an hour trying to turn left at the top to go to goat lake I gave up and tried to follow the "trail" on my gps to get to basin lake. That was impassable as well. I eventually settled for a mostly off-trail walk up to norse peak. Traction devices needed above 5700ft, but I suspect by the end of the weekend you could get a few hundred feet higher without them. There were still areas with 3 feet of snow on the way to the top but snowshoes werent needed. The views at the top were stunning though.

Great horse trail!!!

3 months ago

Did this trail again for the second weekend in a row. While it was once again great, we were wondering why we were the only ones on it two weekends in a row. As we were leaving, we noticed a small sign off to the side of the trail saying the trail was closed until December 31, 2018!

hiking
3 months ago

Attempted to make it to lost lake last week but was unsuccessful. Wind falls over trail at second greenwater lake

3 months ago

Didn’t realize we were on this particular trail until we came up to the sign on the trail saying Norse Peak. We only went part way and turned around. We were in snowshoes and brought the dog with us. Great scenery and great workout! Tons of snow when we were on it over the weekend, however there was a warming trend so not sure what the conditions are now.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice fairly easy hike to Sheep Lake, with beautiful views along the way.

Highly recommend. Great way to see a lot of the varied beauty of Mt Rainier NP in a very short easy hike.

Beautiful hike !

Beautiful views all along the trail. Nice chance to hit the Pacific Crest Trail.

hiking
6 months ago

A nice little walk. And of course great views

The trail was covered in a foot of snow so unfortunately we only got about halfway before we had to turn around due to an avalanche that covered the path. We still had fun and loved the views.

Beautiful, easy trail! Multiple lake views, a scenic bridge overpass and if you're lucky a stunning view of Rainier. Go clockwise for the best views of the mountain. 3 inches of snow when hiking it yesterday, which was a surprise. Bring your hiking boots and leave extra socks/shoes in the car as there are some heavy runoff puddles at the end.

Beautiful hike! Some snow in areas, it was lovely!

hiking
7 months ago

Ended up doing this trail, instead of our planned one further up the mountain, and was pleased. I had my 6mo in a carrier, and my 3yo son walked. We went about 2.5 miles in before turning back as it was just too hard for my 3yo in the slippery conditions. Definitely recommend it! It’s beautiful and so peaceful.

Lovely easy hike, frost and some ice in the shady parts, beautiful views are always stunning no matter how many times I hike this.

A beautiful hike! Beautiful views considering it's rated as easy. I went clockwise as suggested by many others here and I'm glad I did. This way you're walking toward Rainier instead of having your back toward it for the majority of the hike. Lots of fall colors right now too!

Beautiful hike — what’s not really clear in the description is that only half of it is pet friendly so if you start on the National Park side it is a very short walk to the trailhead where it says no pets and you head back to your car. The national forest side however allows you to bring pets with paid parking or ATB Pass. Please keep your pets on leash and children close as we saw two black bears in relatively close visual range on our hike and would hate for something to happen to them or your loved ones.

Great hike, nice day. Easy enough for the whole family. No dogs allowed on trail. Primitive bathrooms at trailhead. Heard bear sighted near trail but never saw it.

I guess we are slowish hikers, but took about three hours to complete. Took clockwise trail for max Rainier viewing potential. Would definitely hike again when people come to visit WA, as would be good for a newbie hiker.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike on a warm day. 3 hours total with a detour down to Dewey Lake. Definitely hike clockwise from Tipsoo lake as the views are better - we did counter clockwise from the end of the trail on the other side of 410. Saw the Norse Peak fire smoke coming over the ridge at the PCT junction - crazy and awesome at the same time.

8 months ago

Hiked on Sunday, Sept 3rd. I like this hike a lot. For me it's a 4-Star, short with great views. Reportedly a bear on the south side of the peak in the huckleberries but we didn't see it. Lots of people on the trail for the holiday hike. The forest fires in E Wa on the north side of the 410 HWY were visible from the trail.

Took gondola up to hike down. Definitely a moderate hike - some parts steep, loose dirt and gravel. Recommend hiking boots unless your ankles are made of steel. We went around the lakes - altogether around a 6.1 mile trip. Even paying attention to the map, we still took a path we shouldn't have. They did not break the bank with their sign budget.

Tons of parking available in lot.

No one way UP ticket available just round trip and unlimited options, but I have heard you can get a DOWN only ticket for $10 at either base or summit.

TIcket office opens at 10 am in summer, but if you are hiking up to gondola ride down, go earlier in day to beat the heat.

Amazed to see some people taking bikes up the hill. Also there is a portion of trail with frisbee golf.

Amazing views of Rainier! Blazing hot day, recommend summer hike get an early start, lots of water and food, sunscreen, hat and bug spray. Saw lots of dogs on the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is amazing. I started at the Coral Pass- Noble Knob trailhead. The gravel road is kind of rough I did it in a Jeep without trouble. 4wd or Awd is probably best. There are 2 trailheads... go to the further one by the picnic table. The trail is very narrow so I wouldn't say its kid friendly. Has amazing views that it took forever to finally get to the end but we got there and the 360° was worth the work to get there. It's gorgeous.

on Naches Peak Loop Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Great sunrise hike!

Is this location hard to find and get to? Do
You enter the main park?

backpacking
8 months ago

Close to a 7 mile hike with a 3,000 ft elevation gain, but it really is a very pleasant hike (i.e. not that difficult). Echo Lake is beautiful. Fishing however was a challenge as most fish were out in the deep middle of the lake and hard to reach. But still a strong recommendation!

We went today (Sunday) and got there around 10am. There were still parking spots when we arrived. We did the loop clockwise like alltrails suggest. We brought our 10 month old and 2.5 year old. So glad we did as we're walking towards Mount Rainier for the second half of the loop. Beautiful hike with basically gorgeous views the whole time. Lots of wildflowers still and tons of bees. You could hear them all buzzing around in the meadows. Also a lot of crickets jumping on the trail, but thankfully not many mosquitoes. We ran into a ranger who pointed out some blueberries on the trail (about 2/3 or so down the loop) and mentioned that a prior group had seen a bear. I would do this hike again any day.

hiking
8 months ago

This was an amazing hike! It was somewhat challenging, with a few moderate elevation climbs. We received conflicting info about the distance of this hike. We thought we were on a 5-ish mile hike. It's NOT! It's 7+ miles. We drove to Coral Pass, in a Chevy Spark (tiny, fwd car) with no problems. We took it slow. No 4x4 needed this time of year (this was our 2nd trip up this particular Mt. road in our tiny car with no issues). There were so many places to take pictures, and soak in the amazing scenery. Bees, berries, and flowers all along the trail. The bees didn't bother us too much, but we were camping nearby, and I had sprayed my clothes with an Essential Oil based insect repellent. We passed other hikers, dogs, and a few mtn. bikers. It was a bit dusty, but it is a mountain trail. #naturerules

Tough hike but well worth it beautiful meadows

hiking
8 months ago

This hike was very scenic with so many places to take incredible pictures. The 6 mile road up to the trailhead on Corral Pass is rough, I'd recommend an all wheel drive or a 4x4 vehicle to get up...but I'm sure a car without those options can make it going slowly.

There were a lot of bees of all varieties constantly buzzing near us, even walking at a quick pace.

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