Top 10 Wildflower Hikes

It’s a phenomenon you must see to believe. Mt. Rainier’s wildflower displays are often heralded as the world’s best. Pinks, purples, blues, yellows…seemingly every color of the rainbow are represented in awe-in...

The 10 Essentials

If you are new to hiking you may be wondering just what are the Ten Essentials and why do hikers need them? The Ten Essentials are not vitamins – they are 10 items that every hiker should carry in his/her pack ...

Choosing a Hike

The Recipe for a Happy Hike My first hike was in 1980 after joining the Seattle branch of The Mountaineers. Having never hiked before I made virtually every mistake a novice can make. I signed up for a 12-mi...

Trail Etiquette

Have you ever put on a pair of snowshoes and been yelled by a skier because you “messed up their tracks”? Have you ever encountered horseback riders on the Pacific Crest Trail and not known whether to stand on ...

Top 10 Fall Hikes

1)  Reflection Lakes – Moderate | Paradise Area This is a popular hike for many reasons especially on a clear day. In summer the lakes are bordered with wildflowers but in fall the lakes are bordered...

Go Lowland Hiking | Top 10 Spring Hikes

By the time spring rolls around we are glad to see the snow melt. Though the snowy high country is sublime our hearts begin to yearn for that first long trill of a Varied Thrush, the pink flash of a salmonberry...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Noble Knob Trail

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 4 mi RT Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 4,888 Elevation End: 6,011 Elevation ...

Boundary Trail – Nisqually Entrance

Area: Nisqually Entrance Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 5.6 mi RT Duration: 4-5 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 1,520 Elevation End: 4,220...

Sand Lake

Area: White Pass Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Free Wilderness Permit Req.  Available at trailhead. Distance: 6 mi RT Duration: 3-4 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 4,423 El...

Howard Peak – Scramble

Area: Mowich Lake Hike Type: Panoramic views Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 7 mi RT Duration: 5-6 hrs Difficulty Level: Strenuous Elevation Start: 4,974 Elevation End: 5,688 Elevation G...

Eastside Trail – Middle

Area: Cayuse Pass Hike Type: Fall Colors Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 3.6 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 4,565 Elevation End: 5,435 Elevation Gain: 1,...

Boundary Trail – Carbon River

Area: Carbon River Hike Type: Rainforest Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 2.6 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation Start: 1,768 Elevation End: 3,084 Elevation Gain...

Carbon River Rd to Ipsut Falls

Area: Carbon River Hike Type: Woodland Rain Forest Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 10.8-15 mi RT* Duration: 3-7 hrs** Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 1,770 Elevation End: 2,900 E...

Little Mashel Falls – Pack Forest

Area: Eatonville Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 5.75 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 485 Elevation End: 1,185 Elevation Gain: 700 ...

Melmont Ghost Town

Area: Wilkeson / Carbonado Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 3.84 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 1,063 Elevation End: 1,367 Elevation G...

Fairfax Ghost Town

Area: Wilkeson / Carbonado Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 2 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 1,257 Elevation End: 1,357 Elevation Gain...

Rainforest Nature Loop Trail

Area: Carbon River Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 0.3 mi Loop Duration: 0.5-1 hr Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 1,768 Elevation End: 1,768 Elevation ...