Emerald Ridge Trail

Ashford, Washington

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Befittingly, Emerald Ridge boasts deep-green meadows, yet this precious gem also houses subalpine wildflowers and hoary marmots. The ridge offers spectacular views of Tahoma Glacier, South Tahoma Glacier, and Glacier Island. Additionally, the hike to Emerald Ridge takes you up the Westside Road and through old-growth forest with fascinating rock formations, colonade, formed from cooled lava from past eruptions. Although the hike to Emerald Ridge is all uphill and relatively strenuous, the rewards are well worth the effort.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

Befittingly, Emerald Ridge boasts deep-green meadows, yet this precious gem also houses subalpine wildflowers and hoary marmots. The ridge offers spectacular views of Tahoma Glacier, South Tahoma Glacier, and Glacier Island.

Additionally, the hike to Emerald Ridge takes you up the Westside Road and through old-growth forest with fascinating rock formations, colonade, formed from cooled lava from past eruptions. Although the hike to Emerald Ridge is all uphill and relatively strenuous, the rewards are well worth the effort.

©  Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 3,060 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2-day backpack
Season: Mid-July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,900 feet
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier West; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Emerald Ridge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2004
0

Great un used trail some wash out,be careful hard with a sleeping two year old on your back,neat hanging bridge at end of canyon



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