Instead of going to the lookout we did a short loop up to about 3000 feet so no need for snowshoes as there was just patchy snow. If one wanted to go to the lookout you will need snowshoes. Thanks to Dennis Long for photos and GPS track.
|Zoomed in photo of Mt. Rainier @ Dennis Long|
|Trail on the way up @ Dennis Long|
|View part way up @ Dennis Long|
Trail stats: The loop below is about 4.7 miles roundtrip and 1500 foot gain. Critical to have a GPS to track this loop as this is on an unmarked trail that alternates between a trail and a gated logging road
|Short loop track and NOT to the summit|
We do not have the track to the summit but if you go it is about 9 miles roundtrip with a 3000 foot gain.