Beautiful Summit with fantastic views. Lots of fires made visibility pretty bad but we did get a nice dip in Mowich Lake after we got done. Very refreshing.
A fun hike. I had broken my ankle in September climbing in Leavenworth and I had been given permission to start walking November 1st and by mid December I was itching to get outside again. Broke my CV joint on my 4Runner on the road to Mowich trailhead, road was pretty washed out in spots. No snow until about 4000ft, didn't need snowshoes until I got to Eunice lake. Got some great winter waterfall pictures on the way. Didn't quite make it all the way up, my pace was slower than expected from my injury and I ran out of daylight time. Snow came in up at 5000ft or so and visibility dropped a ton, never saw Rainier and at times the lookout tower was not visible from Eunice lake.
Great hike up to the fire lookout, amazing views of Rainier.
Hiked up to the fire lookout on a perfect September Sunday morning with my 5 year old daughter. Probably the best kids hike we have done.
and then Howard Peak for a double.
Stopped by while doing a 2-night backpack on the Mother Mountain loop. Well worth the side trip for the stunning views!
Very pleasant fall hiking.
This was my second visit to a fire lookout structure that day. A major storm was moving into the Northwest, and a looming "government shutdown" was threatening to possibly close the access gate (approximately 4.3 miles from the TH) for a while starting a few days after my visit. It was raining, cold, and windy, but I was pleasantly shocked to find many other hikers on the trail the same day. The lookout was already locked-up for the year. The true summit was attained while the winds lessened for a while.
Lots of folks but everyone friendly. Annual Pass or $15 fee. With Lorie and Luke.
Trail is nearly snow free - only the lake area still has significant snow.
2-3' of snow at Eunice lake, which was totally frozen over. The lookout tower was recently shuttered for the winter.
My parents would not go past Eunice Lake back in '81, so I had to come back to get this one.
Trail up to the Lookout was easy and relaxing. I will take BearQueen there in the near future. The bootpath from the lookout to the true summit could best be described as faint and exposed. Still a walk up but you should have some comfort with exposure. That being said the true summit has BY FAR the better views!!
Did it way back when.. 24 years ago? Ipsut Creek CG was
accessible back then, and it was always a fun hike over Ipsut Pass.
I also did Florence Peak from the Boundary Trail in winter.
Bryan, Maria and I did 4 peaks today via the old Boundary Trail. We started with Virginia Peak and Berry Peak. Then we worked out way over to the Tolmie Peak lookout and actual summit. Finally we came all the way back to do Martin Peak before descending. Not bad for the shortest day of the year.
A film by Bryan:
I think I was climbing here on Prom Night of High School, climbing was always more important. We snowshoed in from the Mowich park entrance, camped on the rangers front porch at Mowich Lake to avoid the snow, climbed the peak, droped out at Ipsut Pass, camped at Ipsut Creek Campground, hiked the road out to the closed gate at the Carbon River Entrance where we were picked up. Pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/mount_rainier_national_park/tolmie_peak_lookout/mowich_lake_175.htm
Crowded day at the Mowich Lake trailhead. It was a fee free weekend in the national parks and cars were lined up 1/2 a mile or more down the road from the parking lot. Not as many on the Tolmie trail though... Nice little moderate hike to the summit. Clouds were covering Rainier but it made for a nice sea of clouds view of the other surrounding peaks. I scrambled around past the lookout to the true summit, and played around glissading on some remaining snow and climbing some rocks. I found a nice cliff to hang out on with amazing views of a beautiful valley. Very rewarding to head past the lookout, actually got some solitude. I'll have to head back. It was nice.
Warm up for Mt Baker on the 16th. Although I have been up this peak 4 times, I still haven't gotten a view from the top. We still had a good time in the warm weather.
Nice quickie with a mix of forest, a little lake and a big lake and a summit with a view of a bigger summit.
Very nice clear day. Good view of the n/w side of Rainer. Mt. St. Helen's was letting off a little steam, which was a bonus photo.