The TH is 6 miles from HWY 410 on FR73. We parked in a pull-out just before the bridge across Huckleberry Creek. The TH sign is on the left side of the road and the trail passes through a dispersed campsite through second growth forest for 0.6 miles before the log crossing of Lost Creek. There is no railing on the log and the log is often very slippery which was the case today! We met a NPS ranger and 2 volunteers who were returning to the TH after having worked on the old ranger patrol cabin a mile from the TH where the trail enters Mt. Rainier NP. They are trying to stabilize the cabin until they receive funding for major repairs. They told us that the bridge was very slippery and the ranger said he had fallen. The log crossing was our turn-around point as I didn't want to risk a fall which would not be good for my injured right rotator cuff! We were hoping to see the usual abundance and variety of fungi that we have seen in the past. There were not many today, but we did find some nice ones! There was not much fall color. The trail continues to the Sunrise area. The old growth forest after entering the park from FR73 TH is very beautiful. We have hiked almost 3 miles in the past and the forest and its understory was very beautiful. It is a 9 mile one-way hike with 400 ft in elevation gain if you start at Sunrise or 3800 ft in elevation gain if you start at Forest Road 73. It would be a good through hike for us older folks to start at Sunrise and hike to FR73.
Mount Rainier Area