|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.