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Knapsack Pass

Mount Rainier Area


Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich
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2.9 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.


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Knapsack Pass follows a no-longer-maintained hiking trail. It now requires GPS or map and compass skills to reach the pass, located near Mother Mountain.

The trail starts at the end of Mowich Lake Trail, near the ranger cabin. As you navigate, you'll travel through forest and then open rock slabs and scree with extensive views of the valley. Watch for a subtle fork at a little more than a half mile from the lake, and stay left for Knapsack Pass.

These are unmaintained trails and proper navigation skills and resources are required. Weather changes quickly and be prepared for whiteout conditions.


Knapsack Pass

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.9332, -121.8645 Open map in new window


Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

Mount Rainier National Park

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Getting There

Drive 13 miles east on State Route 410 from Puyallup to the town of Buckley. Turn south onto Hwy 165 and continue driving through Carbonado. Cross the Carbon River Gorge bridge and make a right onto Mowich Lake Road. Note that this road is very potholed and bumpy -- you may need a four-wheel drive car to reach the parking lot! Follow the road 17 miles to its end, where you will find the trailhead at the far end of the Mowich Lake Campground.

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