Northern Loop Trail

Greenwater, Washington 98022

Northern Loop Trail

Northern Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

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

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Jul 2018