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Results List

31 Hikes
Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(58 votes)
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
Burroughs Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 7828.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(71 votes)
Burroughs Mountain can be described as a 'mountain against a mountain'. At over 7800 feet, Burroughs Mountain sets right up against the northeastern face of Mount Rainier, hugging the Winthrop Glacier. It offers one of the most dramatic views of the massive volcano.
 
 
Spray Park Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5100 ft.
Highest Point: 6375.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(12 votes)
Considered one of the best loop hikes in Mount Rainier National Park, the trail through the alpine meadows of Spray and Seattle Parks blazes with a bounty of seasonal wildflowers. Throw in an ample serving of glassy tarns, a couple of wispy waterfalls, an optional side trip to Carbon Glacier and a forested stroll up Ipsut Creek, and you have a photographer’s dreamland.
 
 
Summerland - Panhandle Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(50 votes)
Begin in old-growth forest, climb up to one of Mount Rainier's most spectacular wildflower meadows, then continue along the highest section of the Wonderland Trail to reach the alpine world of Panhandle Gap. Along the way be alert for marmots and goats, and it is not unusual to see a black bear.
 
 
Little Ranger Peak via Ranger Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5010.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
This infrequently visited trail is the perfect hike early in the season, because the snow melts off the south-facing flanks of the peak early. If you miss the springtime, save it for fall, because the deciduous trees that line the path make it ideal for a shot of fall color. Enjoy a moderately graded that leads you to a summit that boasts views of Rainier and the White River valley from the summit.
 
 
Wonderland Trail - Mowich Lake to Sunrise via Spray Park

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
20.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 8000 ft.
Highest Point: 6750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This 20-mile section of the longer 93-mile Wonderland Trail covers the northern section of the loop from Mowich to Sunrise, utilizing the Spray Park alternate.
 
 
Shriner Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3434 ft.
Highest Point: 5834.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(15 votes)
Gorgeous weather and late-season color make this one of the most beautiful autumn hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. This hike is a tough climb, but the payoff is great views and lots of solitude.
 
 
Old Mine Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 2150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
An infrequently-visited trail off the Carbon River Road, the Old Mine Trail follows a short but steep roadbed to a mineshaft. It's a good outing for kids, if they're willing to make the short push up the steep section.
 
 
Knapsack Pass

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Knapsack Pass follows a no-longer-maintained hiking trail. It now requires GPS or map and compass skills to reach the pass, located near Mother Mountain.
 
 
Bullion Basin

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
A relatively steep and rocky connector trail running between the Crystal Mountain resort area up through Bullion Basin to the Pacific Crest Trail with mountain and meadow views.
 
 
Carbon River to Ipsut Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
10.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
Due to the permanent closure of the Carbon River Road, hikers can now park at the closure and venture to the end of the road to the viewpoint for Ipsut Falls. Along the way, you'll hike through magnificent old-growth forest, and many opportunities to see the power of the Carbon River.
 
 
Moraine Park - Mystic Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
25.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Mystic Lake is a charming emerald tarn nestled in a subalpine basin along the Wonderland Trail. A scenic saddle separates it from Moraine Park, an expansive mountain meadow threaded with gurgling brooks under the dome of Mount Rainier. Getting there requires first hiking or biking the 5 miles of closed Carbon River Road and then hiking to the Carbon Glacier. This route is longer than starting at Sunrise, but backpackers will appreciate the numerous streams and forest shade.
 
 
Wonderland Trail - Mowich to Longmire

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
34.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 10521 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A section of the Wonderland Trail. It is a strenuous hike with ample elevation gain and loss through lowland forests, valleys, into high alpine and sub-alpine areas. You move through forests with moss and ferns, wildflower-filled rolling meadows, and along hillsides covered in beargrass and thick with huckleberry bushes.
 
 
South Puyallup to Klapatche

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
18.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
South Puyallup to Klapatche is a scenic section along the western portion of the Wonderland Trail.
 
 
Longmire to Reflection Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3890.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
Leaving from the main parking lot in Longmire, hikers can travel a section of the Wonderland Trail to reach Reflections Lakes — passing by several viewpoints an a waterfall along the way.
 
 
St. Andrews Park - St. Andrews Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4650 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
St. Andrews Lake is a lovely high country lake along the Wonderland Trail that can be reached via the Westside Road.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam - River Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. At about 3.5 miles from the trailhead, Scatter Creek makes the trail impassable.
 
 
Indian Bar - Cowlitz Divide

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
14.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3130 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
This section of the Wonderland Trail, which begins at Box Canyon, continues along the Cowlitz Divide, and eventually concludes in the valley that houses Indian Bar, will certainly test your trail stamina. But the rewards for all of your efforts are plentiful: swaths of old-growth forests, bountiful berries (when in season), rolling alpine meadows, an epic in-your-face view of Mount Rainier, and finally, the rushing waters of the Ohanapecosh River and Wauhaukaupauken Falls, which offer a cooling respite after your long, and sometimes arduous, climb and descent into this famed valley.
 
 
High Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam - Rim Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. This gentle 2-mile trail will take you along the White River.
 
 
Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 1780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail is a pleasant and easy stroll that offers two short segments which can be combined to create a 0.6 mile roundtrip walk. Both paths penetrate primeval rain forest where giant ferns, maples, and spruce tower above charming cedar puncheon bridges and babbling brooks. This hike is great in any season, and takes on particular wildness in winter. Interpretive signs and photo opportunities abound.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam – Vista Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. The Vista Trail is short but steep.
 
 
Golden Gate

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
The Golden Gate trail provides a quick route to amazing panoramas of Mount Rainier and the craggy peaks of the Tatoosh Range. Pass through wildflower-studded alpine meadows, a clear sparkling stream, and up a steep, well-maintained trail. You can even make it a loop, if you want to explore the lush parkland at the foot of Washington's tallest mountain.
 
 
Cora Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(9 votes)
Enjoy this easy hike through massive trees with great views of a lovely lake and an impressive lookout towering over it all.
 
 
Kelly Butte

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5409.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(21 votes)
This is a nice, short hike to a recently repaired fire lookout. Guidebooks do not include recent upgrades to the trail and road to the trailhead. The trail is no longer only accessible via a scramble, but trail that switchbacks through wildflowers and interesting rock walls which was constructed in 2007. The lookout itself has been repaired, making it a nice lunch stop.
 
 
Chinook Pass to Crystal Mountain via the Pacific Crest Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Done as a one-way car shuttle hike, this route takes you past several lakes and streams, through meadows of wild flowers, patches of huckleberries, views of mountains and occasional wildlife such as marmots, black bears, pikas and mountain goats. And on a warm day you can take a cooling dip in Sheep Lake on your journey.
 
 
Nisqually State Park

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Just a few miles west of Eatonville, off Highway 7, is Washington's newest state park. Created thanks to a partnership between the Nisqually Tribe, Washington State Parks, and other local agencies, the park provides 1,300 acres of forest, prairie, and riverside trails to recreate in.
 
 
Franklin Ghost Town

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(23 votes)
Follow a gentle old railroad grade into the coal-mining ghost town of Franklin, along the Green River near Black Diamond. It’s an easy walk up to the coal cart and sealed mine shaft. Follow the narrow footpath beyond to discover the powerhouse foundation and cemetery.
 
 
Fairfax Ghost Town

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
2.35 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 104 ft.
Highest Point: 1446.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Once a booming coal town, Fairfax Ghost Town is an adventure of exploration and discovery. Expect thick vegetation and undefined trails once you arrive at the town site, so pack a good sense of direction, plenty of time and a thirst for exploration is highly recommended.
 
 
Bumping Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
A gentle hike through stands of mature larches and other conifers along the shores of Bumping Lake. The trail is also a good alternate route to Swamp Lake Trail #970 or to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 when a ford of the Bumping River is too hazardous.
 
 
Twin Sisters Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
A long dirt road provides access to the central trailhead for the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. The popular, easy forest hike to the Twin Sisters Lakes is a prelude to miles of exploration possible on trails and cross-country through open forest, past meadows, ponds, and lakes.