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The views were absolutely amazing and definitely an accomplishment when you reach the top. I am glad to have hiked this trail.

I agree with Cade, trail was not hard but the last 1/4 mile or so was steep but easy with the built in steps (I’m 62 btw). Hiked on July 3, 2018 and a few snow patches remaining but easy to see the trail. Marmots and views rocked! A really great gradual uphill trail otherwise. I highly recommend! Poles not really needed.

Cool trail, wouldn't rate it as hard, maybe a high moderate. Our group got on the trail around 10:30 and got back just after 3 with a huge break at the top. Saw a deer with her fawn and some marmots near the top, pretty decent trail.

Great hike! Very steep incline in the beginning. You will hit the view point and see a glimpse of rainier on your left. I recommend to continue hiking and go past the viewpoint and you will get a good view of mount Rainier.

Well maintained trail with great views of Mount Rainier (and from an unusual angle). Most of the hike is entirely within forest, which was really calming at 8 am. The hike isn't anything special, but I'm rating it highly because you get some elevation, some peace and quiet, and a nice view all within 3 hours or so. There were a TON of bugs at the Wonderland Trail junction, however. I used bug spray multiple times and I still got bitten twice. No snow.

hiking
19 days ago

This was a very serene hike, even if a lot of work to do the initial climb. The trees are impressive to look at. At the top there are a couple of good views of Mt. Rainier, but most of the hike is through the woods.

We took to the high country instead of following the riverbed. A bit difficult in a few areas but doable. Loved the suspension bridge!!

Nice hike. Parking lot fills up fast on Saturday so get there early. Small parking lot by trailhead so I would suggest parking by the museum parking lot and hike to the trailhead. 5 min walk. Still snow up on the top. Trailhead starts by the Nisqually Suspension bridge.

hiking
25 days ago

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

hiking
25 days ago

I’ve hiked this twice. It begins off the trail of the shadows at Longmire and starts off with A LOT of switchbacks. I enjoyed the hike a lot more once we reached the top and worked our way down. A pole is going to make the way down a bit easier on the knees. (There are rather large steps down). Great view of the mountain and of Longmire area. Found some blueberry bushes too!

Beautiful hike. No snow.

06.17.2018 - I hated this trail. It was so boring. We started by the Wonderland Trail side and ended the loop in the Longmire side. I’ve hiked a few trails in the past couple of weeks and this was by far my least favorite and one I won’t hike again. I’m giving it two stars because the viewpoint of the mountain was really nice but to me not worth the hike. Bring some mosquito repellant and long sleeves, maybe even a mosquito head net. The mosquitos on the Wonderland side of the trail were unreal and were feasting on us. They were biting through my leggings even with mosquito repellent! I ended up wearing my sweatshirt even though it was really hot because I was getting bitten so bad.

hiking
1 month 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.

Went on a foggy day, so no great views. Honestly kind of a boring hike. Took 2.5 hours or so. Trail was exceptionally well maintained.

Just did this hike two days ago - June 4 2018. Well maintained trail, easy hike with a somewhat steep climb at the beginning. No poles needed, steep 2 miles up to great views of Mt. Rainier especially on a clear day! Only one other hiker heading down while we were on the trail. We had views of Mt. Rainier all to ourselves! Once past the viewpoints, it’s an easy, fairly quick hike back down to Longmire via 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!

The majority of the trails are still closed at Mt. Rainier; however,the Nisqually entrance was open yesterday with little traffic at 10:00 am. I drove the extra six miles to Longmire and hiked this trail on a whim with basic hiking shoes and no poles. There was about six inches of snow in a small area and very easy to navigate around. The view at the summit is worth the gradual steep hike.

Awesome hike with amazing views!! No snow on the trail.

hiking
1 month 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.

Great hike. You'l find a stunning view of Mt Rainier 0.1 miles from the marked viewpoint.

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.

Hiked this trail Memorial Weekend 2018. No snow or ice on trail. It was a beautiful clear day. We saw hummingbirds and a chipmunk. No marmot. Would hike again!

NO SNOW. Hiked this trail 5/26/18 and there is no more snow on the trail. Unfortunately it was foggy and you could only see about 50yds from any of the great viewpoints. The beginning of the hike coming from the left side is 1000ft/mile altitude change. Good hike!

on Lake George Trail

hiking
1 month 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!

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