Glacier Basin Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 4,311 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,683 feet. The Mount Rainier National Park Information board is near the trailhead. There are also recyclings and drinking water. The Glacier Basin Camp and Camp Curtis camp sites and the Glacier Basin Trail Information board can be seen along the trail. There are also survey points, a viewpoint, and a food storage along the trail. The trail ends near the Camp Schurman camp site.
Glacier Basin Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Your time is running out. Without radical changes in global practices, glaciers could disappear entirely in the Lower 48 states, and the ice rivers on Mount Rainier are already in full retreat. Fortunately, we can still see the mighty ice sheets and even get up-close and personal with them. This trail ascends the upper reaches of the White River valley, crawling through scraggly forest and craggy moraines—ridges of rock pushed aside by the moving glaciers. If you have the skill and the time, you can scramble up the bottom section of a climbers trail to reach the ice of Inter Glacier."
--Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer, Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books).
"A moderate ascent skirts the Emmons Glacier Moraine to a camp at the foot of the Inter Glacier, the icy path crossed by climbers summiting Mount Rainier from Camp Schurman. Head west along the Glacier Basin Trail.
Very near the beginning of the trail, you come to a billboard with information about old copper mines in the alpine area above the moraine, which never produced much in the way of precious metals but left a nicely graded road to hike. The hike begins in shaded forest, continues straight, and turns into switchbacks, which offer peeks at an unnamed waterfall at their east end. After less than 1.0 mile, you reach the junction with the Emmons Moraine Trail."
--Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset, Hiking Mount Rainier National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"The meadow at Glacier Basin is a marmot metropolis. Elk graze in the lush grass; goats frequently amble on the ridge above, sometimes by the dozens. But perhaps the most exciting wildlife is the ubiquitous mountain climber, sure to be seen on summer weekends, usually in enormous numbers, on the way to or from the summit of Mount Rainier. There are also the ghosts of the prospectors who began digging here at the turn of the century and now have vanished completely."
--Joan Burton, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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