Blankenship Meadows Ramble

Spiral Butte, Washington 98397

Blankenship Meadows Ramble

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"The William O. Douglas Wilderness is a haven for dog hiking, but it is best visited late in the summer and fall. The endless ponds, puddles, and lakes offer the reason why: bugs. This route crosses through Mosquito Valley, after all—you don’t want to visit the area too early in the year when the bugs are at full strength. Wait until a few cold nights have knocked down the population before you bring the dog into this wilderness.

Once the biters are thinned out, though, the sprawling meadows and potholes offer unmatched opportunities for wilderness rambles, letting you explore on and off trail in an infinite array of loops. This route offers a good introduction to the varied wonders of the William O. Douglas Wilderness. It rolls around the octopus-shaped basin of the dual pools of Twin Sisters Lakes. It leads under the shadow of the cratered volcanic summit of Tumac Mountain. It ambles through the sprawling fields of Blankenship Meadows, around the Blankenship Lakes, and across the heart of broad Mosquito Valley."

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Trail Information

Spiral Butte
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours (day hike or backpacking trip)
July through November
Mount Rainier National Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier East No. 270, Bumping Lake
Local Maps

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Nov 2018