Emmons Glacier View Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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The rewards are grand views, wonderful lessons in geology, and easy hiking. The only drawback of the route is the potential for crowds—the hiking is relatively easy, leading out of a popular car campground, so the masses flock to this scenic trail. Fortunately, the broad trail can handle the pressure. In fact, it once handled hordes of tourists in Model Ts and Park Service buses, so a bit of foot traffic won’t be a problem. The road-turned-trail offers easy walking for the most part, close to the river. Look up at the hulk of Rainier looming to the southwest as you hike, and you can enjoy the towering wall of Goat Island Mountain to the south.
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)

The rewards are grand views, wonderful lessons in geology, and easy hiking. The only drawback of the route is the potential for crowds—the hiking is relatively easy, leading out of a popular car campground, so the masses flock to this scenic trail.

Fortunately, the broad trail can handle the pressure. In fact, it once handled hordes of tourists in Model Ts and Park Service buses, so a bit of foot traffic won’t be a problem. The road-turned-trail offers easy walking for the most part, close to the river. Look up at the hulk of Rainier looming to the southwest as you hike, and you can enjoy the towering wall of Goat Island Mountain to the south.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 4,250 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Sunrise Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Driving Directions: Directions to Emmons Glacier View Trail

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