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Results List

23 Hikes
Bench and Snow Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 610 ft.
Highest Point: 4725.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.19
(21 votes)
Escape the crowds within Mount Rainier National Park without going on a lengthy adventure. Visit one or both of two alpine lakes, the second one just a bit more than a mile from the parking lot.
 
 
Silver Falls Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(26 votes)
The Ohanapecosh River is arguably the most beautiful in Mount Rainier National Park, with water so clear you can see all the way to the bottom in many places. Where it's not crashing over rocks, of course. The Silver Falls Loop takes you upstream along this impressive river, to a majestic waterfall and back through humbling forest, all in just three miles.
 
 
White River to Sunrise

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
A short but steep climb on the Wonderland Trail from a campground in Mount Rainier National Park to the Sunrise Visitor Center area.
 
 
Mount Ruth

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Mount Ruth is a peak in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park. The route to this peak is an off-trail mountaineering route, not an official trail.
 
 
Mother Mountain Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
15.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6277 ft.
Highest Point: 6380.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A popular route in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park -- try this one as a day hike, an overnight (be sure to get permits first) or as a trail run!
 
 
Glacier Basin

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(36 votes)
Floods in 2006 severely damaged the Glacier Basin trail, but after four years of work, WTA completed a new trail in Glacier Basin at Mount Rainier National Park in the summer of 2011. Since then, hikers of all stripes have had the pleasure of enjoying a brand-new route to one of the mountain's most iconic glaciers on an easy-to-hike trail.
 
 
Spray Park Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5100 ft.
Highest Point: 6375.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(12 votes)
Considered one of the best loop hikes in Mount Rainier National Park, the trail through the alpine meadows of Spray and Seattle Parks blazes with a bounty of seasonal wildflowers. Throw in an ample serving of glassy tarns, a couple of wispy waterfalls, an optional side trip to Carbon Glacier and a forested stroll up Ipsut Creek, and you have a photographer’s dreamland.
 
 
Eastside Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
36.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7430 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
A multi-night backpacking trip around the eastern edge of Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 
Skyscraper Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 7000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(19 votes)
The Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park offers many fantastic views of The Mountain. But don’t neglect the other views. Scramble up Skyscraper Mountain to enjoy a full 360 degree view of numerous lofty peaks, verdant treeless parks, and river valleys far below.
 
 
Shriner Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3434 ft.
Highest Point: 5834.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(15 votes)
Gorgeous weather and late-season color make this one of the most beautiful autumn hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. This hike is a tough climb, but the payoff is great views and lots of solitude.
 
 
Alki Crest

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
A long, meandering hike in Mount Rainier National Park that tours Tolmie Creek, August and Virginia Peaks, and Martin Peak.
 
 
Lake James

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
22.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
The way to Lake James offers a myriad of experiences, from deep rainforest to the high country of Mount Rainier National Park. Undertake an ambitious dayhike, or be more leisurely about it and make it a backpacking trip.
 
 
Rampart Ridge Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
A moderately-challenging snowshoe route in Mount Rainier National Park with some avalanche danger in times of heavy snow. Check the avalanche reports before heading out.
 
 
Mount Beljica

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1056 ft.
Highest Point: 5469.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706.
Mount Beljica is just outside the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park, so you can bring your dog and still experience a well-kept trail leading to astounding views of Washington's tallest mountain.
 
 
Yellowstone Cliffs and Windy Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
24.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
Yellowstone Cliffs and Windy Gap offer a chance to experience a side of Mount Rainier National Park like no other. Most trails in the park highlight views of the main mountain, but here, it’s more about the surrounding peaks, which make the area seem more like somewhere in Alaska or Montana, rather than Washington. Add to that the fact that accessing this area now requires an approach hike in the double digits, and you’ve got a remote, high mountain valley where relatively few people come, despite the fact that it’s in Washington’s most popular national park.
 
 
Backbone Ridge

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1750 ft.
Highest Point: 2900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
Washout on trail: A washout on this trail has rendered this trail inaccessible
This is a nice woods trail, but views don't reward the hiker until she or he arrives at Stevens Canyon Road in Mount Rainier National Park. Trail starts alongside a grassy rock slab and works its way to the top of the ridge.
 
 
Mowich Lake Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
Mowich Lake is a moderate snowshoe tucked into the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 
Alta Vista Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 560 ft.
Highest Point: 5960.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
The Alta Vista Loop is one of the trails located at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park. This trail system is known for fantastic displays of wildflowers in the summer and dramatic panoramic views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding foothills all year long.
 
 
Carter Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 3650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
Cougar Rock to Carter Falls is a moderate and readily accessible segment of the Wonderland Trail that packs stunning mountain vistas, river views, waterfalls, wildflowers, old growth, and edible berries into just 1.3 miles of family-friendly hiking in Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 
Florence Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A scramble up to a peak just off the Alki Crest Trail in Mount Rainier National Park. Climbing experience and equipment strongly recommended.
 
 
Copper Creek Hut Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1040 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Yes, there really is a hut on the Copper Creek Hut trail and it’s open to the public! The Mount Tahoma Trails Association, a non-profit organization, operates over fifty miles of cross country ski and snowshoe trails and a system of huts for day and overnight use near Ashford, just west of Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 
Bertha May and Granite Lakes

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(6 votes)
Visit several charming lakes just south of Mount Rainier National Park using a pleasant little trail. Granite Lake is a beautiful place for a dip, while Bertha May and Cora Lake offer good fishing.
 
 
White River

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2960.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
 
The White River Trail is a great year-round option to hike a gradual trail through the forest northeast of Mount Rainier National Park.