Northern Loop Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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This wondrous loop around the roadless northern section of Mount Rainier National Park involves intense ascents and descents and offers spectacular views of mountain meadows, massive parks, numerous lakes, glaciers and glacial moraines, abundant wildlife, and of course, Mount Rainier. Quite possibly our favorite backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park, the Northern Loop offers all anyone could want in the way of scenery. From a massive expanse of mountain meadow to an even more massive expanse of nearby glaciers, this hike traverses nearly all the climatic zones in the park. It also produced the greatest number of wildlife sightings for the authors.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

This wondrous loop around the roadless northern section of Mount Rainier National Park involves intense ascents and descents and offers spectacular views of mountain meadows, massive parks, numerous lakes, glaciers and glacial moraines, abundant wildlife, and of course, Mount Rainier.

Quite possibly our favorite backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park, the Northern Loop offers all anyone could want in the way of scenery. From a massive expanse of mountain meadow to an even more massive expanse of nearby glaciers, this hike traverses nearly all the climatic zones in the park. It also produced the greatest number of wildlife sightings for the authors.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 35.5
Elevation Gain: 7,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 days
Season: Mid-July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,900 feet
Local Contacts: White River Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS White River; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Northern Loop Trail

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Apr 2018