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    1 week, 2 days ago
    Still a bit early in the season. Snow covered last 0.1 mile. Trail finding is difficult.
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    1 week, 5 days ago
    Ski descent following the ski ascent line for easiest way up and down.
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    2 weeks, 5 days ago
    This hike was awesome! Completed the hike with 13 good friends. The views were absolutely breathtaking. Being so close to Rainer was epic. The scramble to the true peak was short, but fun. The rappel from the top was also short and sweet! The best part may have been the glissade. Two great runs. Plenty of evidence of avalanches in the first first draw going up. Large trees and branches scattered everywhere. Be carful. Summer climb maybe more of a challenge climbing on the boulders than walking on snow. All in all one everyone must try!
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    This is a popular hike with many good trip reports available. I'd like to add a quick update on late season conditions. Coming after several days of hard rain, I was happy to see that the weather forecast predicted some clouds, partial sunbreaks, and a low probability of showers. With a boost of optimism, I was on the trail before 8 am--no other cars at the trailhead. I headed past Comet Falls, flowing relatively light, and on to Van Trump Park where I climbed as high as I could in the meadows. No snow to be found, although there was some frost and occasional globs here and there. Many of the steeper sections in the upper meadows showed signs of recent erosion, confirming how much rain had fallen in the last few days. Next I headed west off trail, down-climbed and crossed Van Trump Creek, then scrambled up the other side. Gaining the grassy ridge, I made my way towards Mildred Point snapping photos as I went. Lots of fresh bear scat in this area, but no sightings. Mildred Point was a good place to pause for a break and savor the stark contrast between the gentle, sweeping views towards the Tatoosh range, and the gaping chasm of Kautz Creek flowing out of the glacier. Heading down on trail, I finally saw a human near the junction with the Rampart Ridge trail, a park employee who was cataloging signs of carnivores. She was happy to hear my report. On the rest of my descent, I passed dozens of hikers and when I reached the trailhead, the parking lot was full.
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    8 months, 3 weeks ago
    Sun poked through and allowed us to get up to the lookout one last time before winter weather hit (that night snow fell). Well maintained trail, long gradual elevation gain. Great 360 degree views when the weather is clear. Really windy on this hike and nearly blew us over. Fall colors are really not prominent in the Sunrise area, but still beautiful scenery. Visitors center is closed for the season, road will close by 10/15/18.
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    8 months, 3 weeks ago
    Trail is in great shape up to the lake, from the TH the trail has been relocated a bit. I assume to make it a little easier - whatever. The road to get there is in pretty decent shape as well. Pro Tip: If the TH is NOT in a state park, safe to say it's best to have a rig that can handle pot holes and ruts in the road.
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    9 months, 1 week ago
    Partly cloudy day didn’t show much of the big attraction (Mt. Rainier), but still a beautiful easy family friendly trail. Passed a dozen other hikers, found out we went the wrong direction on the loop. So FYI go clockwise (left) at the start of the trail to get the constant views towards the mountain. Beautiful views of the lakes. Fall colors are definitely in season and gorgeous.
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    9 months, 3 weeks ago
    We found this to be a moderate hike with a gradual increase in elevation up to the last mile where switchbacks will take you to the the Summerland camping area. The views of the river, glacier, and mountain are well worth the climb. We went at the end of the season (August 29th) so most of the wild flowers on the decline, but still plenty of color overall. Water crossings were well constructed and easy to navigate. We took three hours to get up to the camp and then two and a quarter hours to return. Nice trail. Old growth forest. Perfect hiking weather (60s). Not a lot of parking spaces so get there early! Our gps said we covered 9 miles total trip.
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