This hike gives you a bit of an urban hike and a forest hike all in one. It’s a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the trailhead. It may have seemed a little further for me than it really is though since we did get a little lost.
It is important to note that part of the route described in the description from the trail house to the trailhead is closed. We didn’t realize on the way there since there is no indication until we got to the end. I assume it’s just a temporary close though since it was next to some construction or something? There wasn’t anyone working on Sunday, so I’m not sure.
Once you get on the trail, you are in for a treat! There is so much green! The trail is pretty narrow and rocky in places, but on the bright side, while you are watching your feet, you are bound to see some of the great mushrooms that are growing on the trail right now! We didn’t do all eight miles due to some breaking-in-the-birkenstocks related blisters, but we enjoyed the parts of the trail that we did hike.
On the way back, we had to use a different route to get back to the trail house where we parked. Using google maps, we followed the road and the Rainier Trail to get back to our car.