Explore the most popular hiking trails near Ravensdale with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

5 stars for being close to home, solitude (saw no one) and just what my old knees needed. Steady climd, no steep step ups. 3 stars for boring “road”

If the weather would have been clear , scenery would have been much better, but I bet a few more people would have on the trail

Lots of trails forking off. Just choose uphill every time.

9.2 miles with small trip out to the ledge where you’re supposed be able to see but it was way too cloudy.

Bonus if anyone can identify the odd, big rolling device just past the upper blue gate.

This is a great trail to hike or mountain bike. It is also a local favorite with dog owners and horseback riders. The trails are fairly well marked, but you have to look for signs at each junction, sometimes they are hidden. I enjoy this trail as most times I hike or ride, I often have the entire trail to myself. Maybe it is the time of day I am free.

There is also a memorial to miners who were buried in mine accident many years ago. Every few trips I make a quick stop to pay my respects. There are also signs warning about spots where the ground has sunk into an old mine shaft near the trail. In these areas, stay on the trail don't venture into the pits, every few years someone who does so needs to be rescued.

This is also home to a large elk herd. If you hear noises in the trees not far off the trail, you might catch a glimpse of a large Roosevelt elk. They are majestic creatures and often retreat immediately.

3 months ago

I'm not sure how to change the map for this trail, but it is much longer than 1.7 miles. Has views of the Cedar River, crosses many other named trails, and crosses several roads, two. I scared a few elk and encountered more than few horseback riders.

Its a nice easy trail that is a single path and grown over in places. At times it is not well marked and only because I've been walking and riding it for several years do I know it so well. I have it at 6.3 miles long in a complete loop.

Once you get past the first mile, which is definitely the toughest part of the hike, the trail opens up to a beautiful wide path with views of the surrounding mountains. The trail is a little rough at some points with lots of loose rocks, but the views along the way make it worth it. Make sure to take the overgrown path right before you get to the cell tower and explore the little offshoots for an amazing view of Mount Rainer. Gorgeous area for such a little known trail in the area!

Amazing hike! It was beautiful and the views were stunning. Be ready for a narrow path for the first mile with lots of loose rocks. But man oh man is it a great hike to take with friends! Killer views and beautiful flora and fauna

4 months ago

Beautiful trail walk listening to nature and the sounds of the river flowing.

The first mile of this trail is single track that is over grown with lots of thorns. Then this hike turns into fire roads for the final 3 miles. The route is actually a little over 8.5 miles round-trip. The 9.7 miles shown with the redline takes you for another 3/4 of mile on another over-grown single track with lots more thorns. Even on a rainy day, we did luck out with the views today, from the top. But overall this trail is just meh.

Done in April in a *very* light drizzle. The rain kept everyone off the trail so I had the entire mountain to myself, and the rain kept me cool during the relatively strenuous, constant uphill. There was still snow on the sides of the trail at that time. Would recommend doing this hike on cooler days.

This was the first hike of the year and reminded me why I should get off of the couch a bit more in the winter time. I like the fact that it's a "gradual" climb gaining a little over 2000 ft in about 4 miles. Don't get me wrong it still kicked my butt, but then again I'm not great shape. The first mile or so was a trail with dips and rises every now and again. Kept things interesting. After coming out into the first clearing there were great views of Rattlesnake Ledge and Mt Si. Going up a bit further we could actually see the Seattle Skyline off to the north.

The rest of the hike was a service road which was actually kind of nice as we could walk side by side and talk (more like strongly encourage each other to keep moving up the mountain). For those who like small victories to keep yourself going, watch out for the yellow power line makers as you continue up the service road past the second blue gate. To be honest towards the end I was wondering why I started such an adventure, but I would just look to the yellow marker and tell myself to get to that one, then rest and make it to the next one. Then before you know it your at the top. Yay!!

If you veer right at the top you'll find the power station. The views are pretty good, but there is a much better view. Before you turn the corner and see the station their will be an overgrown logging road on your left. It's a little hard to see and looks like just a small trail. Follow this path for a little bit and watch out for an even smaller train on your right. It slopes down onto a small ledge. If you walk out there you will see the beautiful valley and if it's clear there is a great view of Mt Rainier. It 's one of those moments that reminds me why I live in the PNW and put up with all the rain.

This hike was quite the workout but the views are well worth it.

5 months ago

We parked on the street where the "road ends" sign is. At that point for the first half hour or so, the trail has a handful of turn offs that aren't labeled, but as long as you keep going up, I think they all merge into the main trail. At the arrow, we followed it up, but next time I think I'll go straight and find out what's that way. We only ran into a handful of people over about 3hrs, so that's always a plus. A few other dogs on the trail off leash and all very friendly. I'll be going again for sure.

5 months ago

A good starter hike to get in shape for backpacking. The incline is decently gradual so it’s not too tough. There are some good views and areas of sunshine. We didn’t pass many people at all, so we were able to have our dog off leash. If you keep your eyes open, you’ll see what looks like part of an ATV left to rust in the woods, along with a piece of scrap metal embedded in a tree.

on Kanaskat-Palmer Loop

6 months ago


Nice hike! The first mile kicked my ass- lots of up and down on the trail, like a dirt bike track. After that it's a steady climb, definitely a workout for those of us not entirely fit lol. The views today were great and we only saw a few people. I was fine with the fact that the trail was actually a service road. Great for dogs. Intermittent snow about half way up, spikes would be helpful.

I really liked the difficulty of the hike and that almost no one was there, even on a sunny, warm day. I can let my dog off and really enjoy myself. I only went up about 2.5 miles but it was a perfect first hike of the year. I will definitely return because of the difficulty, lack of people and close proximity to my home.
It was a little muddy but it rained several days in a row before I hiked.

9 months ago

Some decent views along the way, then turns into a service road after about 2 miles. Too foggy to see anything from the view @ the top today.

11 months ago

It’s a bit of a stretch to call this one a loop trail. It’s basically out and back. It’s a beautiful forested hike but you’ll spend most of your time looking down to avoid roots and rocks. It was a good hike for kids as there is not much elevation change. I’d call the “lake” at the end more of a pond but it’s a beautiful peaceful spot nonetheless.

Monday, October 02, 2017

10/2/2017 (Monday) - In this cloudy and chilly day, I am the sole hiker on the whole route. There is no second person or second car at the trailhead. The first half mile is getting narrower and rugged because of thorny overgrowth and washouts, but one does not feel like walking on a service road like the higher 2 miles. If the weather is cloudless, one may get an awesome view from the opening in front of the radio tower, but I don't get the luck today.

Monday, August 28, 2017

This trail is beautiful through the forest with all the flowers and the views were also amazing. I would rate this trail a moderate plus, the trail itself was fairly smooth and easy going however there is a steady incline that was very challenging. Also this trail system is unmarked and has lots of different route options. We were never able to find the benches with the view of Rainier because there were so many different trail options near the top to take and were too exhausted to hike down all of them. Overall, this trail was a great workout but I wont be coming back a second time.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Nice trail. Towards the end the trail splits and hikers are pointed to the left which ends at a closes access road the real views are beautiful is you head towards Rainer and go straight and ignore the stone arrow.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Did 10.5 mi roundtrip and 2500 foot gain with Ron and Winchester and Gracie to the bench past the tower and this viewpoint.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great steep climb. Good for a larger group because of the service roads used to climb to the top.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

the middle third of the hike is a bit of a slog up an old road but the views to the north in that section are pretty incredible. rattlesnake ledge and my di all the way up to glacier peak and mt Baker. take the trail on the left just before the radio tower for a short hike to the south side of McDonald and take in an awesome view of My Rainier, there is even a couple benches
cobbled out of slash to relax on.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Only few miles track, after that and access road, good vegetation and views

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

First 15min are best part of the hike. last 2/3 are an access road, not a trail

Sunday, June 04, 2017

This was a nice hike. I would recommend hiking boots. Follow the arrows that someone kindly made. I will definitely do this one again when it gets nicer out.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mostly uphill and fairly quiet. I only saw 6 people throughout the 2.5 hr hike. I would definitely do this one again.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mixed Snow falling at top at 8am this morn. No view today. encountered one other party on trail. 2400 ft vert. and 4 miles to the top.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Still a bit of Snow at the top when I went on 4/10/17. Great hike though! A bit challenging as it's uphill most of the way. I was the only one on the trail, and there is some great views at the top.

Friday, February 17, 2017

It was a fairly consistent uphill hike all the way up decreasing slightly toward the end. We just did the 2.2 as that is all we planned on. We saw three hikers coming down as we were going up. We also saw four bicyclists on our way down. It was a clear day so we were easily able to see Seattle.

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