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Skookum Flats

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 4.2 or 7.8 mi RT Duration: 2 or 4 ...

Silver Falls Loop

Careening over a series of ledges before plunging 40 feet into a deep blue pool, Silver Falls is a dramatic sight. And it’s easily accessible. A very short trail leads to it from SR 123. But the best way to experience ...
Reflection Lakes

Reflection Lakes at Mount Rainier

Area: Paradise Hike Type: Wildflower views Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 2.75 mi Loop Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

Twin Sisters Lakes

This fairly easy hike to two beautiful lakes in the heart of the William O Douglas Wilderness is perfect for adventurers young and old alike. Set on a pumiced plateau pockmarked with hundreds of small lakes and adorned with ancient cinder cone volcanoes, the Twin Lakes also make for ...

Eastside Trail – Lower

One of the longest trails within Mount Rainier National Park, the Eastside Trail is also one of the park’s quieter trails. Spanning the park’s eastern reaches from Chinook Pass to the Ohanapecosh Campground, the Eastside Trail traverses alpine meadows, primeval forest and a valley ...

Snoquera Falls Trail

From high on Dalles Ridge, Snoquera Creek plunges more than 400 feet down a sheer rock face. Resembling a scene straight out of Yosemite Valley, Snoquera Falls are indeed a sensational sight. But there’s a catch. If you do this hike late in the summer after a long dry stretch, the ...

Cowiche Mountain

Hike to the top of a broad windswept ridge savoring sunshine and sweeping views. Centerpiece to an old cattle ranch transformed into a nature preserve, wildlife and wildflowers are prolific on Cowiche Mountain. ...

Volunteer July 11 at Mt. Rainier

The next Mount Rainier National Park Associates volunteer work party will be Saturday, July 11th. This will be the annual Mount Rainier National Park Associates Exotic Plant Removal work party, which we refer to as the "deveg". We will be working at the site of the new Carbon River ...

Sourdough Ridge

While Paradise with its legendary alpine meadows is the place most first time visitors to Mount Rainier National Park venture to—I prefer to introduce folks to The Mountain at Sunrise. As its name suggests, this is the first place Washington’s iconic peak is touched by sunlight ...

Lake West and Lake Helen

Area: Ashford Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 8.4 mi RT  Duration: 6 hrs High ...

Glacier View

Area: Ashford Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 4.2 mi RT  Duration: 3 hrs High ...

Allen Mountain

Area: Ashford / Skate Creek Rd Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 10 mi RT ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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: ...

Eastside Trail – Upper

Area: Chinook Pass / Ohanapecosh Hike Type: Family friendly Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 5.36 mi, one-way Duration: 3 hrs ...

Juniper Ridge Trail

Area: Packwood / Randle Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: No pass required Distance: 6.3 mi RT Duration: 4-5 hrs Difficulty ...

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 ...

Fryingpan Lake

Area:  White Pass Hike Type: Overnight Pass: William O. Douglas Wilderness Overnight Permits required; free, self-issued at trailhead Distance: 11.9 ...

Cougar Lakes via the PCT

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Overnight Pass: William O. Douglas Wilderness permit required, free, self-issued at trailhead. Distance: 19.2 mi RT ...

Snowgrass Flats

Area: Packwood / Randle Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 9.4 mi RT Duration: 5-6 hrs Difficulty Level: ...

Summerland

Area: Sunrise Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 10.44 mi RT Duration: 5-7 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

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 ...

Knapsack Pass

Area: Mowich Lake Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 3.4 mi RT Duration: 2-3 hrs ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Edgar Rock

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 3 mi RT Duration: 1.5 – ...

Mildred Point

Area: Longmire Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 10.1 mi RT Duration: 5-7 hrs Difficulty ...

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: ...

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 ...