road biking
blowdown
22 days ago

Love this trail with the kids. It’s nice and wide, well maintained and the new portion from South Prairie to Buckley is beautiful. Multiple bridges over the creek, lots of greenery. Shaded and quiet. Great, easy, paved trail to get the kids conditioned for longer wilderness hikes!

One of my favorite paved trails for running and biking. Beautiful scenery

Paved road, a little bit boring for hiking. Good for biking.

Great paved trail, we brought our stroller! It was great, we only went 1.5 mile into the trail this time but plan to come back soon!! Love the river

beautifully paved trail that follows the river and winds through scenic pastures.

Love this trail!!

This trail is a great place to take your kids and dogs plenty of room to in and play well maintained trails but did not see any trash bins to dispose of dog waist but a great park otherwise.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail because we couldn’t get to Tolmie Peak—it was a decent hike with some beautiful forest views and very secluded and quiet (even midday on a Saturday!), but definitely wasn't my favorite hike I've ever done.

great ride. nice scenery and saw fish going up the stream to spawn. popped my tube in some roots on the trail. thankful for the folks who spray outlines for riders

Totally love this hike. I've done this about 5 times now and am always in awe of the view on a beautiful clear day. The 14 mile drive on a gravel road up there is slow and not so fun but then realize it was well worth it for a wonderful hike. This time the trail was dry and very few wild flowers left to look at. One of my favorites!

Great trail and maintained well. Not too muddy at all and Incredible views. Most of the hike is switchbacks through the forest until you hit the lake which is a great place to stop and have lunch and rest before the final ascent to the top.

Beautiful, lovely mellow hike scented typical undergrowth and fresh air

Great hike! Can’t wait to go on a day where it’s not clouded over!

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
10 months ago

The starting point the app brings you to is in the middle of town. We were walking with kids and it took almost a mile to get from the start point to the edge of town. Once we got to the river, lots of questionable looking people walked by us and darted into the woods... saw other walkers carrying guns and a machete (?) so I’m not sure I’d recommend this trail.

A layer of clouds blocked the view beyond the lake. Turned around at the lakes when the three year olds legs gave out. My gps track had us beyond the distance shown here and we turned around at the 1 mile to the finish mark.

road biking
bugs
Sun Jun 30 2019

hiking
blowdown
Sun Jun 30 2019

what a great day. hiked for 7+ hours. loved the hike to the shelter and 4 other camping areas. kept going to golden lakes but didnt quit make it. gassed out. maybe next time we will camp at the shelter then continue to golden lake the next morning. definatly going back.

hiking
Sun Jun 16 2019

This is a nice shaded hike. Worth noting, you go downhill first and return uphill. I did this hike on June 15 and would recommend the extra 0.8 miles to the camp down by the river bed if you like a little extra exploring. There isn’t an “incredible” view from the bottom, but a good hike nonetheless.

pros: *pretty cons: * lots of speed bikes went some the trail w kiddos stop in city of orting for park w bathroom. visit all times of year

hiking
snow
Wed May 08 2019

Hiked this trail a couple of days ago up to mowich lake, as the road was closed. The first few miles of the trail were fine, with beautiful views of Mt rainier. About 4 or 5 miles in, I reached the snow line and it was hard to navigate where the trail went without a map or compass. After getting lost I followed the creek up to the lake which was incredible! There was 2 - 3 metres of snow up there at some points. I decided it may be a better idea to hike back down the road, which left me hiking through a foot and a half of snow for 5 miles. A pretty strenuous hike with ordinary hiking boots but definitely worth doing with snow shoes and a little better planning!

hiking
snow
Sun May 05 2019

So I put snow here, it’s only a little bit near the beginning ( and the end I guess) and even the not bad. The trail was nice. The incline on the way back was quite the workout. Many say that the scenery isn’t that great, keep in mind that beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I thought the ever changing forest was beautiful and the quick glances of Mt. Rainer were spectacular! I went all the way to south Mowich river camp, a wonderful day. Started at 6am to beat any potential rush, enjoyed the whole trail to myself! I’d hike this again!

New to the area, directions on Google Maps had me park a block away from the start point of the trail and that made it confusing to find the start of the trail head. The trail is "easy" not "moderate" because it is flat & paved following river/farm/road way. Pretty views and well used by bicyclist, walkers, and runners.

This trail is more for bike riders or walking a dog.. mostly flat grounds very little scenery..

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