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Spectular views, mostly well accessible. Bit crowded at the beginning but the further up you get, there will be less people. It gets strenuous at times, but there are enough places to catch your breath and take in the scenery. Parking is difficult if you don’t start early. Bring enough water and snacks.

We did this hike on Friday, 8/17/18. Glad we did since it wasn't as hazy out as the day after. We got there after 3 PM and the parking lot was full. We hiked it counterclockwise. Breathtaking views everywhere! Some hikers warned us about a black bear although we didn't see one. Lots of marmots and chipmunks tho! I highly recommend this trail. Will definitely go back!

Super Wanderung, toller Blick auf Mt. Rainier obwohl es sehr dunstig war mit eigentlich mieser Sicht. Stetig ansteigend aber unkompliziert zu laufen.

Arrived at 10am on Saturday, August 18. Main lot was full but the overflow lot had plenty of spaces. Trail was beautiful and well marked with lots of options to jet off and take other loops along the way. There were a lot of people on the trail between 10 and 12:30, including some groups preparing for Rainier. You have a view of Rainier almost the entire way, and about halfway through the loop you get to Panorama Point, where you can see the cascade range including a view of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood on a clear day. It was hazy from the wildfires but we did see the top of Mt. Adams.

1 day ago

Wonderful day on the mountain. I'm old and slow so it took me 5 hours, lots of time to enjoy the scenery and photograph the flowers that were out. Started early, well before the crowds arrived. Highly recommended! even for you "creaky knee" set.

Great trail with lots of views- if you’re in pretty good shape give or take 3 hours with stops (took me 2.5 going clockwise with picture taking). If you have knee trouble or not a typical hiker, plan the recommended time. The first mile or so is high grade, but I feel it levels out nicely after that. No hairy spots, didn’t use poles. Great views of wild flowers and hoary marmots.

Beautiful views and good incline!

trail running
2 days ago

I will be uploading a YouTube review shortly, filmed from the top, so if you YouTube search “Goat Island Mountain Rainier,” you should find a video with hints and tips for this route.

Most of this trail is off the beaten path, and if you’re not comfortable with route-finding you should not do it. It is definitely NOT a moderate trail, as you will see it rated. It is quite difficult, albeit wildly rewarding.

Biggest recommendation: I would not make this a loop when we do it next time. The descent (or ascent, if you’re doing it backwards from us) is through very steep, sketchy brush with no trail. Even following other’s recordings, it was not cool. You will slip, and of course you’ll catch yourself, but you will get cut up. Before warned if you are as stubborn as we were and thought, “I don’t want to backtrack! I’m just going to drop straight down to the car! No problem!“

Just look at the recordings and you will see how quickly you drop down to the trail head from Goat Island Mountain Ridge. If there was an established trail, it would not be so bad.

With that said, this is an absolutely stunning trail, once you’re on the ridge. The view of Mount Rainier is absolutely unobstructed. You can see the mouth of frying pan glacier turning out mass of waterfalls that rival the Lord of the Rings Middle Earth.

I would simply start at the frying pan Creek Trail head and go up towards Summerland. Right before the trail peels off to go up to Summerland, you simply hop down and follow frying pan creek up towards the mountain. You will eventually find a dry creek bed (summertime) if you stay to the right of the frying pan creek on your way up. Follow the dry creek bed up a steep section, picking your way through meadows.

Once you are on the ridge line, simply follow it straight up. Every once in a while you will find an established trail (boot pack) and if you find yourself tangled up in trees, keep pushing through and in 60 seconds you will find yourself back on the open ridge.

You will know you are at Goat Island Mt when you find the boulder the size of a small barbecue with a 1982 earthquake research benchmark on it. There are surrounding peaks 200 feet higher (see YouTube video), which you are welcome to walk 5 minutes up those to get an even better view of Mount Adams and even the Sunrise parking lot.

If you’re feeling tempted to drop straight down the ridge line back to the frying pan creek trail head, you are not alone. I think everyone thinks it’s easier then backtracking. I’m pretty sure that’s why this trail is considered a loop (see first recording) instead of an out and back.

Overall this is an absolutely stunning trail that is an absolute must for those who don’t mind a rather difficult, half marathon distance hike.

Sidenote: The person who rated this trail 1/5 stars did not actually do this trail. You will see according to her recording, she actually went to Summerland.

Sidenote #2: this is not a “moderate“ hike. It should definitely be rated “difficult.“

Great challenging hike! Views amazing despite haze. I recommend bringing some kind of spikes/yaktrax and hiking poles (I did it without but wished I had them). There is a ton of snow to hike through and it's straight up! Took about 4hrs to get up and 1.5hrs down. We brought trash bags for glissading! It was so much fun after all that hardwork! I would recommend for comfortable glissading to wear waterproof pants and layers to keep your booty warm and some waterproof gloves! I hiked all the way up in a tank top and threw on my patagonia for the way down! Be sure to bring water and snacks to refuel!

Did the skyline trail on a busy Sunday morning but it didn't feel crowded. We managed to get parking in the main lot since we arrived early. At one point on the trail we could see the long lines of cars trying to find parking.

A moderate hike that was easily marked. Just arrive early!

Gorgeous. Moderate/intense because of the elevation but no climbing or anything which was good news for me!! Absolutely stunning views. I highly recommend!

The first half mile of the trail was buggy but after that the breeze kept them at bay. The trail is very well maintained but very rocky. Walking sticks are very helpful. The view of Mount Rainier smacks you in the face. To see Paradise from this trail shows us how small we really are compared to the volcano. On a clear day, as you cross over the saddle supposedly you can see Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. I only saw a glimpse of Adams but we could see the town of Packwood. Below Adams and to the left. We didn't go beyond the saddle.

Beautiful trail with great overlooks. You cross several bridges and there are 2 stream crossings, so waterproof shoes would be helpful (although not required for those with good balance that can move from rock to rock). Depending on your preference, moving counter clockwise on the trail will result in a more gradual, but longer climb, while going clockwise results in a steeper grade for a shorter time. We went clockwise and I would probably do that direction again. We came in July and some of the trail was still snow covered, but doable with standard hiking equipment.

Solid trail; 9,11 & 13yr old were able to finish. Great views. Much better in the AM

Tough hike but amazing time out there. Bring a trash bag for the way down.

Was a very good trail to hike! Did get lost a couple times but ran into people who was able to get us to are destination! Would go agin very beautiful site to see!

hiking
6 days ago

Had a great 5 hour hike. Beautiful views even with the smoke from the fires. Monday wasn’t so crowded. The wildflowers were awesome.

Awesome little trail, very blue and clear waterfall and creek. I recommend if you don't mind a little walk through the woods.

Great wild life. Flowers were in bloom. Trail was in good shape.

Definitely doable if you’re not fit but took longer with all the breaks. Be careful of stepping on shale. Poles help with this bit

Gorgeous trail,not too steep but also a workout.The snow on the mountain is a nice treat.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful Hike today

hiking
8 days ago

Love this hike. Came here during the peak of wildflower season & was mesmerized by all the vibrant colors. I’d recommend cutting to Moraine Trail (no crowds & best views) & Panorama Point if you have time.

Hiked this trail earlier this week. The view of Mount Rainier was amazing, it is a must do if you have never been to Mount Rainier before.

Didn't hike the entire trail as we went with a 7 year old and Grandma. But the trail we did hike was beautiful. There was still plenty of snow, which my 7 year old spent much of the time.

Amazing hike! Hiked it clockwise....you’re never without a breathtaking view. My first time seeing a marmot....they were plentiful. Highly recommend.

Enjoyed the hike up Golden Gate Trail to connect back into Skyline loop and Panorama Point. The meadows were in bloom and we saw several marmots and squirrels on the way up. Remember to bring plenty of water while the sun is hot!

This was an amazing trail. Gorgeous views. Go counterclockwise and get the steepness over with. It’s an easy 3 mile stroll down after reaching the peak.

Always a classic. So good. Hazy day due to the fires, but not bad. Peak wild flower season has come and gone. This weekend will be the last chance to see some of the darker reds and purples. I would still suggest going to see the flowers . . But not past Sunday. Paradise Inn for lunch is not good . . Would not recommend.

Great view! Beautiful trail.

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