Summer Activities

Westside Road

Area: Longmire Pass: National Park Pass   Distance: 19 miles, out & back Duration: Difficulty Level: Beginner Elevation Start: Elevation End: Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft, approx. ...

Deep Creek Trail

Area: Chinook Pass Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 4 miles one way  Duration: Difficulty Level: Expert Elevation Start: Elevation End: Elevation Gain: 3,050 ft Prime Season:...

Carbon River Road

Area: Carbon River Pass: National Park Pass Distance: 10.6 miles, out & back Duration: Difficulty Level: Beginner Elevation Start: Elevation End: Elevation Gain: 540 ft Prime Se...

Mud Mountain Rim Trail

Area: Chinook Pass Pass: No Pass Required Distance: 7.6 miles Duration: Difficulty Level: Intermediate Elevation Start: Elevation End: Elevation Gain: 240 ft Prime Season: Early-J...

Alder Lake Recreational Area Fishing

Season: Jan – Late-Dec | Lake Size: 2,931 acres Fishing at Alder Lake is a fun and exciting pastime for anglers of all ages. This large Nisqually River reservoir five miles south of Eatonville covers...

Packwood Lake Fishing

Season: Jan – Late-Dec | Lake Size: 452 acres At an elevation of 2,857 feet, located inside the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Packwood Lake is 110 feet deep and contains wild rainbow trout. The la...

Clear Lake Fishing

Season: Jan – Late-Dec | Lake Size: 265 acres Located one mile west of Rimrock Lake and 5.7 miles east of White Pass, this reservoir at 3,615 feet holds rainbows and has a public boat launch. The bes...

Mineral Lake Fishing

Season: Late-April – Late-Sept | Lake Size: 277 acres By some accounts, Mineral Lake is one of the best trout fishing lakes in Western Washington. It receives a healthy number of plants in the spring...

Dog Lake Fishing

Season: Jan – Late-Dec | Lake Size: 61 acres Located just east of White Pass along Highway 12, this high elevation lake is a good beginners lake. It's open year-round although it doesn't start produc...

Leech Lake Fishing

Season: Jan – Late-Dec | Lake Size: 41 acres Located at the summit of White Pass and on the Pacific Crest trail this fly-fishing-only lake is usually ice-free by early June and offers excellent fishing for...

Mowich Lake Fishing

Season: Mid-Jul – Mid-Oct | Lake Size: 100 acres Mowich is the largest Lake in Mt. Rainier National Park and can be fished from the shoreline or a float tube.  Access is by hike-in only; the lake is ...

Rimrock Lake Fishing

Season: Jan – Late-Dec | Lake Size: 2,530 acres This large reservoir along Highway 12 on the Tieton River, about 10 miles east of White Pass, provides good fishing for 8- to 11-inch kokanee, with a 1...

Placer Lake via Morse Creek Road

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: Natl. Forest Pass Distance: 8 mi RT  Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 3,480 Elevation End: 5,380 Eleva...

Millpond and Smallwood Parks

Area: Eatonville Hike Type: Dog-friendly, family-friendly Pass: No Pass Required Distance: 1.5 mi. RT Duration: 1 hour Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 780 Elevation End: 800 El...

Eastside Trail – Upper

Area: Chinook Pass / Ohanapecosh Hike Type: Family friendly Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 5.36 mi, one-way Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 4,900 Elevation En...

Crystal Lakes

Tucked in a cirque high above the Mather Memorial Parkway are a pair of sparkling subalpine lakes beloved by hikers of all ages and abilities. Hike to the Crystal Lakes in early season for a dazzling floral show.

Allen Mountain

Area: Ashford / Skate Creek Rd Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 10 mi RT Duration: 6 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 2,475 Elevation End: 4,825 ...

Boise Creek Falls | Hancock Lands

Area: Enumclaw / Hancock Lands Hike Type: Dog-friendly, Off the Beaten Track Pass: Hancock Lands Permit Distance: 3 mi RT  Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 975...

Pinnacle Peak

Area: Enumclaw Hike Type: dog-friendly Pass: no pass required Distance: 2 mi RT Duration: 2 hrs Difficulty Level: moderate Snow-Free: year-round High Point: 1,800 feet Elevation Gain: 1,...

Brown Peak via Palisades Lakes Trail

Area: Sunrise Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: Natl Park Pass Distance: 8.6 mi RT  Duration: 5-6 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 6,150 Elevation End: 6,322 Elevation Gain:...

Shoe Lake (Pacific Crest Trail South)

Area: White Pass Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: NW Trail or Interagency Pass required Distance: 15.7 mi RT  Duration: 8 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Snow-Free: mid July – Oct High Poin...

Martha Falls via the Wonderland Trail

Area: Paradise / Stevens Canyon Rd Hike Type: Fall Colors Pass: Natl Park Pass Distance: 1.8 mi RT Duration: 1-2 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 3,500 Elevation End: 4,230 Elev...

Third Burroughs Mountain

Area: Sunrise Hike Type: Thigh-burner Pass: Natl Park Pass Distance: 9 mi. RT  Duration: 4-6 hrs Difficulty Level: Strenuous Elevation Start: 5,228 Elevation End: 7,828 Elevation Gain: 2...

Moraine Trail via Dead Horse Trail

Area: Paradise Hike Type: Glacier Views Pass: Natl Park Pass Distance: 3.25 mi RT  Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 5,020 Elevation End: 5,820 Elevation Gain: 800 ...

American Ridge Via Goat Creek

Area: William O. Douglas Wilderness Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req. Distance: 8.2 mi RT Duration: 4-6 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 3,074 Elevation End: 5,674 (Junc...

Granite & Bertha May Lakes

Area: Ashford/Skate Creek Rd Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 3.6 + mi RT Duration: 2-5 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 3,700 Elevation End: 4,200 ...

Henskin Lake

Long before Crystal Mountain was a top notch ski resort, it was part of bustling mining area known as the Summit Mining District. Before lifts and ski trails traversed this high broad mountain bordering Mount Rainier National Park; pack trails and narrow gauge roads crisscrossed the mountain, valley below, and neighboring peaks, ridges and basins.

Crow Lake Way Trail

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 8.5 mi RT Duration: 7 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 3,415 Elevation End: 5,915 Elevatio...

Snowgrass Flats

Area: Packwood / Randle Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 9.4 mi RT Duration: 5-6 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 4,310 Elevation End: 5,960 Elevation G...

Edgar Rock

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 3 mi RT Duration: 1.5 - 2 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 2,307 Elevation End: 3,657 ...

Summerland

Area: Sunrise Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 10.44 mi RT Duration: 5-7 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 3,600 Elevation End: 6,350 Elevation Gai...

Big Crow Basin and Basin Lake

Area: Crystal Mountain Hike Type: Overnight Pass: Overnight Camping Permit and Norse Peak Wilderness use permit required. Free, self-issued at trailhead. Distance: 15.8 mi Loop Duration: 2 days...

Boulder Cave Natural Area

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 2.25 mi RT Duration: 1-2 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 2,350 Elevation End: 2,650 Elevat...

Denman Falls

Area: Westside Road Hike Type: Waterfall Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 16.3 mi RT Duration: 7.5-8 hrs Difficulty Level: Strenuous Elevation Start: 532 Elevation End: 3,892 Elevation Ga...

Knapsack Pass

Area: Mowich Lake Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 3.4 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 4,965 Elevation End: 6,165 Eleva...

Goat Peak

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 3.9 mi RT  Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 3,300 Elevation End: 5,019 Elevation...

Bullion Basin Loop

Area: Crystal Mountain Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 8.1 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 4,059 Elevation End: 6,479 Elevation Ga...

Cispus Braille Trail

Area: White Pass Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 1 mi loop Duration: 0.5-1 hr Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 1,290 Elevation End: 1,290 Elevation Gain: 0 ...

Pleasant Valley Loop

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 5.4 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 2,670 Elevation End: 3,385 Elevation Gain: 7...

Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Trail

Area: Packwood / Randle Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 2.2 mi loop Duration: 1 hr Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 1,040 Elevation End: 1,130 Elevation Gai...

Crystal Mountain Loop

In summer, admire a dazzling array of blossoming wildflowers. Throughout hiking season feast on sweeping horizon-spanning views. And stand mouth agape at the many close-up views of majestic Mount Rainier along the way.

Juniper Ridge Trail

Area: Packwood / Randle Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: No pass required Distance: 6.3 mi RT Duration: 4-5 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 3,490 Elevation End: 5,565 Elev...

Mildred Point

Area: Longmire Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 10.1 mi RT Duration: 5-7 hrs Difficulty Level: Strenuous Elevation Start: 2,150 Elevation End: 5,900 Elevat...

Mazama Ridge Loop

Area: Paradise Hike Type: Wildflower meadows Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 5.75 mi loop Duration: 3-4 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 4,180 Elevation End: 5,530 Elevati...

Cora Lake

It’s a mere .7 mile hike along Big Creek through groves of big trees to this pretty lake tucked in a cirque beneath the serrated Sawtooth Ridge. The easiest hike in this jagged cluster of peaks just south of Mount Rainier National Park; after the snow melts and before the autumn rains swell Big Creek, this trail is ideal for young children.