Wonderland Trail

Wilkeson, Washington 98396

Wonderland Trail

Wonderland Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This spectacular, nearly 90-mile loop completely encircles Mount Rainier, presenting a challenge to the ablest hiker and a comprehensive taste of Mount Rainier. This hike involves dramatic elevation changes, taking you from the calm of old-growth forests to the openness of subalpine meadows with breathtaking views of Mount Rainier.

Historically, the western part of the park experiences numerous washouts due to glacial outburst floods. Footlogs across rivers or streams originating from glaciers frequently wash out. The National Park Service does not advise fording glacial rivers due to the high concentration of debris and the risk of large glacial boulders in the water."

Wonderland Trail Reviews

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4/1/2004
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12/25/2003
This is the ultimate trail for any backpacker. Old ancient forest opening up to grand views of Mt. Ranier, meadows full of wildflowers and serious elevation gains and losses. Very well marked with great campsites. Take time to plan entire hike as this is a very popular trail and reservations for sites are a must. If doing in July bring lots of bug juice.
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Trail Information

Wilkeson
Nearby City
87.2
Distance
23,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
9- to 14-day extended backpack
Duration
Mid-July to September
Season
5,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,900 feet
Top Elevation
Longmire Wilderness Information Center, White River Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
USGS Golden Lakes, Mount Rainier East, Mount Rainier West, Sunrise, Mowich Lake, Mount Wow; 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