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5/27/18--Upper parts are fire damaged with potential for trees falling during wind. Warnings posted at trailheads. Burnt fallen trees are difficult to climb around if you're not fairly nimble.

15 hours ago

Nice trail. Due to snow drifts and the fire it can be easy to lose the trail at times especially towards the top. The view is definitely worth the effort.

Good trail, waterfalls, flowers, three view outlooks.

Very beautiful hike!

Set out early to beat today’s heat: 80-83 degrees and had the whole forest to myself! What a beautiful PNW spring day!! Perfect for a wooded hike - much of it is through beautiful shaded forest! Creek, waterfalls, beautiful greenery, and oh, the views of Rainier and the valley below!! I set out with a mindset of seeing how I would do, and ended up pushing myself for the full 12 miles (6 miles in to Little Ranger peak lookout and 6 out). Tighter switchbacks in the beginning lead to the waterfall...then meander through the forest for awhile...pretty soon opens to great look outs off and on (you THINK are great until they just get better and better the higher up you get!). Toward the end, there were a couple small snow patches on the trail, but super easy to go around. I would call this trail easy to follow, even though the rangers warned there might be debris to clear since they hadn’t been through there yet this year and because of the wild fires. I really saw no trace of fires hitting this area though, until the very end, you could look way across and see a peak in the distance with some burned trees. At the very end, the trail doesn’t QUITE get you up to the peak (thanks to Per, who stated this below so I had the heads up), so I had to off-road a bit, but it was a quick 5 minute jont up. I picniced up there, basking in the sun amidst breathtaking views of our mountain and surroundings. On the way back down, finally passed about 5 other hikers/groups of people but the first few hours was solitude! Took about 5 1/2 hours which included stopping for pictures along the way and lunch. What a great spring hike!!

14 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.

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.

Love this trail!

Great horse trail!!!

Three generation family hiking trip with the youngest being 5. Some muddy spots and quite a few puddles across the trail and even a couple spots with running water flowing across the trail, had waterproof hiking boots and it was great. Some nice viewpoints and it was nice to hear the running water nearby. Enjoyed my time in nature!

It was ok there were some good view points

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!

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.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail not hard. Lots of great vistas.

I hiked both the Mud Mountain rim trail and also the river trail down to the river. The river trail is really just a road near the end of the rim trail that leads down to the mud flats along the banks of the White River. The views of the White River from the rim trail are limited, if you are going to hike this it's much more interesting to hike down the road to the river itself. There you will find some massive collections of jetsam captured by massive floating steel tubes chained together. This must be fascinating to see when the White River is in flood stage.

6 months ago

A nice little walk. And of course great views

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.

Rim trail has beautiful views of the White River. Nice shaded woodland trail.

8 months ago

It was alright! Good, brisk walk through the trail! I had my kids with me and was hoping the trail offered more in the way of views to keep them engaged and excited about going out hiking!

Flat, no views, good for a brisk walk

This is a great hike. We extended it beyond the trail to get to the top of the ridge for a better view. It was not as straightforward as we thought but it was worth the effort in the end! A little bit strange that no trail exists all the way to the top (at least to our knowledge). I mean that's where you want to go right.

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.

Tough hike but well worth it beautiful meadows

Beautiful! Mostly single-track. Mountain and or lake views the whole way. Loved this hike!

9 months ago

We rode up and hiked back down. The two dogs really enjoyed swimming in each of the lakes that we encountered. Fairly steep in a number of places.

9 months ago

Arrived on a Friday and camped out in our trailer in Lot B for $35. If you go on a weekend and want to Park close/in Lot A get there early. Other than that there is lots of free parking available and no pass required. We rode the Gondola up to the summit. Bought a one-way pass which is a pricey $23 or $33 for unlimited day use. The views on a clear day are spectacular. The first part of the Trail is out in the open and well maintained. Lots of wildflowers in bloom. The Trail was pretty dry and dusty. Lots of hikers with dogs off their leash, a couple mountain bikers making their way up, and other hikers going up or going down along the way. We choose to do summit to base to make it easier on the kids. Our trip was 4.7 miles.

Just another great doggyday

Great hike on a perfect day. The trail was well maintained and had only a few other hikers on it (love weekday hiking). Our plan was to hike up and ride the gondola down. We started at 10am and got to the top at 1pm, which on an 85° day was no bueno. We initially thought that you could only buy gondola tickets at the bottom so we waited until they opened at 10am. Had we known that you can buy down tickets at the gift shop up top, we would've started the hike around 7am and had a MUCH more enjoyable time in the cooler air. As it was we, were fine while in the tree line, but the last two miles or so you are completely exposed and the heat just beat us down. The last mile or so we were absolutely knackered and were slogging our way to the top. We'll definitely do this hike again, but we'll just get there early to enjoy the cooler temps.

10 months ago

Hiked up and enjoyed the brooks, meadows, wildflowers, and alpine views. Played with the dog in Henskin Lake along the way, Some steep climbs at times, but nothing insurmountable. Ate lunch at the top and took the gondola down--dogs were welcome for both.

There's also a disc golf course throughout the hike, if you are so inclined.

10 months ago

Zero negative remarks. This is an all around perfect day hike.

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