Glacier Basin Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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The meadow at Glacier Basin is a marmot metropolis. Elk graze in the lush grass; goats frequently amble on the ridge above, sometimes by the dozens. But perhaps the most exciting wildlife is the ubiquitous mountain climber, sure to be seen on summer weekends, usually in enormous numbers, on the way to or from the summit of Mount Rainier. There are also the ghosts of the prospectors who began digging here at the turn of the century and now have vanished completely.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

The meadow at Glacier Basin is a marmot metropolis. Elk graze in the lush grass; goats frequently amble on the ridge above, sometimes by the dozens. But perhaps the most exciting wildlife is the ubiquitous mountain climber, sure to be seen on summer weekends, usually in enormous numbers, on the way to or from the summit of Mount Rainier. There are also the ghosts of the prospectors who began digging here at the turn of the century and now have vanished completely.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Mid-July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,300 feet
Top Elevation: 6,000 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 270 Mount Rainier East
Driving Directions: Directions to Glacier Basin Trail

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