Grand Park Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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Ain’t it Grand! When viewed from a distant vantage point, Grand Park looks as though a scythe sheared off the top of a mountain, leaving a flat, mesa-like meadow sprawling across the forested horizon. Stroll into the meadows at the fringe of the broad, table-flat plateau of Grand Park, and it seems as if the vast field of wildflowers stretches endlessly before you. The meadows are occasionally broken by small stands of woodlands, several of which are “silver forests”— the still-standing weathered-gray skeletons of trees killed by forest fire. The “official” access to Grand Park requires a long 14-mile round-trip hike in from Sunrise. That’s a beautiful trail, but that long walk gets you only to the edge of the meadows. Better to visit Grand Park by the backdoor.
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

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Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Ain’t it Grand! When viewed from a distant vantage point, Grand Park looks as though a scythe sheared off the top of a mountain, leaving a flat, mesa-like meadow sprawling across the forested horizon. Stroll into the meadows at the fringe of the broad, table-flat plateau of Grand Park, and it seems as if the vast field of wildflowers stretches endlessly before you.

The meadows are occasionally broken by small stands of woodlands, several of which are “silver forests”— the still-standing weathered-gray skeletons of trees killed by forest fire. The “official” access to Grand Park requires a long 14-mile round-trip hike in from Sunrise. That’s a beautiful trail, but that long walk gets you only to the edge of the meadows. Better to visit Grand Park by the backdoor.

©  Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,600 feet
Local Contacts: Sunrise Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Park Trail

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Apr 2018