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Nice little trail. Hike this almost every time I’m at the mountain. Look for the tree a beaver took some bites out of!

9 days ago

It was cloudy but, still had the opportunity to enjoy its

I think Andreas review below nailed most of the must knows for this hike! There definitely is a suspension bridge out there for those that are saying it’s not there! Quiet trail, some families. A few fairly steep hairy parts and a few spots where you just kind of have to keep going and hope a trail starts again. The in and out of the river bed at the start was different but we crossed the river once on the big tree, then again on a smaller one and headed toward the forest where someone left a decent size orange cone marking the trail. If the cone is gone the only way of knowing the trail starts there is a faded marker hanging in the tree. You can’t see the start of the trail over the rocks! Bring a picnic and camera!

The trail was easy to follow however it was pure climbing during a large majority of the hike. We had views of Mt. Rainier during the start of the trail and not again for 3 miles up the mountain. We didn't expect an easy trail but the reviews we read about the hike being an easy path really threw us off. We never did make it to the cabin. Only ran into small amounts of snow as we got higher. Wish I lived closer as I would like to try this trail again to see if I could make it to the Wonderland Trail.

We hiked up Eagle Peak today. It was snow covered starting around 3 miles up. We ended up hiking up a total of 3.4 miles because the snow was heavy at the top and clouds were rolling in so we didn’t make it all the way to the summit. We ran into a black tailed dear on the way up and she kept grazing as we were standing within about 10 feet of her. She slowly walked off the trail as we attempted to pass her. She remained very calm as we watched her for about 10 minutes. It certainly made the trip worthwhile. Thank you Mother Nature!

25 days ago

Was a nice hike today, beautiful views on top even though its a little bit cloudy and foggy. A lot of snow still near the top.

Lovely short hike through a forest that is a treat on a hot summer's day. We did this on the way down from Paradise and having the contrast between a walk in the snow and a walk in the forest was great.

on Lake George Trail

28 days ago

The initial 3.5 miles to round pass is underwhelming to say the least. Although, there were some nice views of the river and Mt Rainier about a mile in. Also, the amphitheater was neat to see. Otherwise just an old road path that’s been shut down to auto traffic. The additional 1 mile (0.9) to Lake George from Round Pass is where the real “hiking” began. I wouldn’t categorize this mile and elevation gain as “easy” but moderate. We hiked it the day before Memorial Day and we lost the trail about a quarter mile from the lake due to snow. We actually had to use our GPS on our phone to just wander in the right direction and hope we didn’t fall through the snow. We found it eventually and it was frozen over but still absolutely stunning. The walk back down the road was tedious and a bit boring so we jogged part of it. Lake George was this hikes redeeming grace and why it gets 4 stars.
This hike is good for older children or wearing smaller children in carriers, but be prepared to carry them 9 miles round trip if they don’t walk at all.

Posted about my hike to the Facebook group 'Washington Hikers & Climbers' a couple days ago.

Trail does not lead to a suspension bridge. Or anything close to resembling one.

Fun little hiking adventure today with just a little “off-roading” due to the trail not being maintained. This app kept us on track but a couple groups of people who we passed along the way either didn’t find the bridge or wasn’t able to cross the river and claimed part of the trail had washed out. We made it though! So, for the specifics...The first part of the trail is gravel road and got a little warm in the direct sun but easy trekking. The trail then goes into the forest and along a riverbed. You follow the river for a little ways and have to end up crossing it in a couple spots (it’s unclear where to cross - up to you, although there is a helpful log or two). The trail is a little unclear in the riverbed area, but as another review below, mentions, watch for the markers in the trees and/or the stacked rocks to see the forest re-entry points. The rest of the trail is mostly straight forward. The bridge at the end is better than expected! Super high up! Glorious view of the mountain on the far point of the bridge. On the way back, we tried to avoid the river (my sister’s feet weren’t loving the rocks), and instead, forged our own trail a bit (I think the original trail was not supposed to go in the river bed....but the trail washed out in a small part so it got rerouted through the river). That was a little hairy forging our way. Just recommend coming back the way you came! Enjoy!

7.64 mile hike round trip! Mother’s Day Hike! Loved it!!! I would say moderate to hard- only hard because the trail is not maintained! Adventurous! Fun! Loved the rushing water!

I loved all the information this hike had. It was super easy and a nice break from the car.

6 months ago

What a great trail, started at Sunrise trailhead, cool gray fox in the trail?, the weather change on the way up skyscraper it started with light hail at first then on to snow. By the time we got to the first camp we were in a blizzard so we set up camp for the night to dry out. Next morning the weather did not improve so we hiked back to sunrise , will return in the summer for this one. got lots a great pics.

I’ve hiked this trail 3x’s and every time you see something different. Spectacular views and amazing wildlife can been seen on this hike. My girlfriend saw a bear the last time she was on the trail. It is a more difficult hike but, worth every drop of sweat.

Really hard but really rewarding!! Grate view at the top!

9 months ago

Hiked Wonderland with my friend in five and half days this summer. Beautiful flowers and views. Little in the way of flats but plenty of big climbs and descents. Major trailheads were a bummer due to the crowds but most of the trail was left to thru hikers. A real gem.

Once you park at the gate you hike on the road until you hit the true trail head on the right. From there the trail heads into the trees and you will see the trail not maintained metal sign. THe trail quickly opens to the river bed. You spend about 80 yards In the river bed going over boulders. Keep an eye out to the left for orange tape marking the trail which is to your left in the trees. Don't stay in the riverbed like I did for the next 1.5 miles it's an ass kicker although the scenery is beautiful.

Nice steady elevation gain and beautiful views as you near the destination. Sneak peaks of Rainier keep you going. Just when you think the cabin isn't there anymore-it appears nestled in the trees and valley like an old western movie.

Beautiful trail one of my favorites. Was only able to spend a four days trekking but it was something else... Hiked in early July and had no idea about how much snow there was going to be from South Puyallup to Klapatche. We found out the hard way. We were forced to climb massive snow banks, literally risking our lives but we conquered it... Also woke up to a friendly black bear at Klapatche drinking out of the lake. Unfortunately as we tried to take a picture we scared him off. Beautiful trail and I will be back, hopefully to hike it though.

Great little trail. Hiked with Michael after long drive in car to get to the national park.

Super simple trail that is kid friendly. One of my favorite quick hikes.

11 months ago

Excellent work out. Took me 2 hours and fifteen minutes going up, slow and steady and 1 1/2 hours to get down.
A few bugs in the forest, enjoyed watching a marmot eat his breakfast and was rewarded near the top with magnificent wild flowers.
The view of Mt. Rainier at the top is great; well worth the effort.
Went on a Saturday morning, saw five people on my way up and two people going down.

11 months ago

Awesome hike. Make sure you bring mosquito repellent!!

Easy and beautiful

Nice and easy walk. Lots of shade on a hot summer day.

We hiked from Longmire to the ranger station at Indian Henry's. It was a nice hike with a beautiful view at the end, but it ended up being ~14 miles round trip which is a little long for me. We hiked early July and we had to hike a few miles in the snow at the top and the trail was really hard to navigate through the snow and also when we crossed Kautz creek. Still a wonderful day hiking, but I probably won't do this one again!

11 months ago

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I did this hike on June 4, 2017. The original plan was to take the Lake George Trail and continue up to Gobbler's Knob from Mt Rainier national park. As of 6-4-2017, there is still heavy snowpack on this trail and the lake is frozen over.

The road walk to round pass isn't overly scenic but along the river and the ridge is a nice area. Round pass is where the snow cover begins, and the trail to lake George has some bare areas in the beginning but then is still pretty heavy with snowpack as soon as a little elevation is gained.

There are some scenic views of mt rainier on the trail. Lake George has a nice covered area to camp, a vault toilet and a patrol house. At this time of year it's empty but I imagine later in summer it's a well camped area.

We lost the trail at the lake George area and did not continue up to gobblers Knob fire lookout but all in all this is a good hike!

Awesome! Hiked to Tahoma Creek Suspension Bridge

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