10.17.16 Hike of the Week: Glacier Basin | Visit Rainier

10.17.16 Hike of the Week: Glacier Basin

Area: White River
Hike Type: Mountain views
Pass: Natl. Park Pass
Distance: 7.0 mi RT Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: mid-July – Oct High Point: 5,950 Elevation Gain: 1,700

Features: kid-friendly, wildflowers, glacier views, backcountry camping, historic mining area

Hike along a roaring glacier-fed river to a stark rugged basin flanked by rock and ice and fed by a series of silver cascades. En route, traverse majestic stands of old-growth conifers and cross a series of tumbling creeks. Marvel at close-up views of snow and ice shrouded Mount Rainier and its Emmons Glacier, the largest glacier in the Continental US.  And ponder what it must have been like to be a miner working in this beautiful, but austere environment more than a century ago.

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