Emerald Ridge

Ashford, Washington 98304

Emerald Ridge

Emerald Ridge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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.

Although bikes are not allowed on the park’s backcountry trails, the closed portion of Westside Road has become a popular bike route. You may opt to bicycle from the road closure to the Round Pass trailhead. The park has installed bike racks at the Lake George trailhead, located just before the Round Pass trailhead on the left (west) side of the road, for your convenience."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Hike around and along an emerald wedge lodged beneath the massive Tahoma Glacier and set between two deep canyons of glacier-fed, cloudy, milky, and turbulent creeks. Flowers sway above the moraine and dislodging ice, while herds of mountain goats graze on succulent tubers on precarious ledges. This short loop encompasses a diverse array of forest, mountain, and meadow and takes you to two of the least hiked trails in Mount Rainier National Park." Read more

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Great unused trail-- some wash out,be careful. Hard with a sleeping two year old on your back...neat hanging bridge at the end of canyon.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,710 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
Mid-July to September
Additional Use
Longmire Wilderness Information Center: (360) 569-6650
Local Contacts

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Dec 2018