Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop Backpacking

Buckley, Washington 98321

Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop Backpacking

Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop (Backpacking) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The famous Wonderland Trail, which completely circles Mount Rainier, is not only the finest long hike in Washington; it is considered by many to be one of the best in the world. The route provides a generous sampling of all the attractions in the Cascade Range including meadows choked with wildflowers, abundant and varied wildlife, old-growth forests, huge glaciers, impressive waterfalls, and scenic lakes.

What will leave an indelible impression on your mind, however, are the ever-changing spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Monarch of the Cascades. This monster volcano with its mantle of ice presents a multitude of faces, all of them beautiful. Photographers will need to carry plenty of film."

Mount Rainier - Wonderland Trail Loop (Backpacking) Reviews

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11/8/2007
Due to time constraints we only travel 5.8 miles of the trail from Longmire to Devils Dream but it was well worth it. If you are looking for some solitude and some breathtaking views throw on your pack and just start walking. However, pay attention to where you are going and bring a map and compass. Once you get to Pyramid creek you are going to take a hard right to cross the creek in order to get to the log they call a bridge. Then try to use some common sense once you get to the other side because the trail is not well marked if you are not very experienced. It was still a great time. Best of Luck
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7/29/2006
Old growth forests, to some of the most beatiful views of Mt Rainier, mountain glades, and above-tree line trail. Awesome! (There are some hairy sections through the snow so be prepared if you go that far.)
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7/24/2004
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7/24/2004
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6/22/2004
This trail includes all kinds of terrain that will leave you breathless from both exertion as well as the views. The views of Mt. Rainier will be worth the trouble. The trail climbs and dips up and down the sides of the mountain, crossing glaciers, rivers, creeks, valleys, roads, and other kinds of terrain. As others have mentioned, you can set up a cache of food in several different places, so make sure to plan well ahead. Or, take two vehicles, leave in further along in the trail, driver further up the trail and hike to the first vehicle. Then you can come back later and finish. One of the best hiking experiences you'll ever have!
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6/2/2004
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1/17/2003
This Trail is "as good as it gets"! With a constant variety from glaciers to waterfalls and high mt lakes. The ever changing view of "The Mountain" is inspirational to say the least. Typically done in 8 to 12 days. I circled it in 5 and it's been done in as little as 2. Whatever your fitness level, there's alot of planning to do before you go. There are 2 opportunities to get resupplied and one chance for a shower at Paradise Visitor Center. Reserve campsites early or you may not have a site open where and when you need it. I recommend starting at Mowich Lake and going clockwise, saving the tough west side for last. This is a family friendly trail, well marked with signs and trail camps. The best time to travel is short and should be done in August if possible. Worth doing again, and again, and . . .
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Trail Information

Buckley
Nearby City
93
Distance
25,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
8-13 days
Duration
Usually open mid-July to October; best in August
Season
4,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Mount Rainier National Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails - Mount Rainier West (#269) & Mount Rainier East (#270)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018