Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop (Backpacking)

Loop • 93 mi • 25000 ft

The famous Wonderland Trail, which completely circles Mount Rainier, is not only the finest long hike in Washington; it is considered by many to be one of the best in the world. The route provides a generous sampling of all the attractions in the Cascade Range including meadows choked with wildflowers, abundant and varied wildlife, old-growth forests, huge glaciers, impressive waterfalls, and scenic lakes. What will leave an indelible impression on your mind, however, are the ever-changing spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Monarch of the Cascades. This monster volcano with its mantle of ice presents a multitude of faces, all of them beautiful. Photographers will need to carry plenty of film.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Buckley
Length: 93 total miles
Elevation Gain: 25,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8-13 days
Season: Usually open mid-July to October; best in August
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails - Mount Rainier West (#269) & Mount Rainier East (#270)
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Recent Trail Reviews

11/8/2007

Due to time constraints we only travel 5.8 miles of the trail from Longmire to Devils Dream but it was well worth it. If you are looking for some solitude and some breathtaking views throw on your pack and just start walking. However, pay attention to where you are going and bring a map and compass. Once you get to Pyramid creek you are going to take a hard right to cross the creek in order to get to the log they call a bridge. Then try to use some common sense once you get to the other side because the trail is not well marked if you are not very experienced. It was still a great time. Best of Luck

7/29/2006

Old growth forests, to some of the most beatiful views of Mt Rainier, mountain glades, and above-tree line trail. Awesome! (There are some hairy sections through the snow so be prepared if you go that far.)

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