spring

Palisades Trail (Hwy 410)

When it still feels like winter, the Palisades often feels like spring. Look for delicate Calypso orchids; enjoy the scent of vanilla leaf, and view the groundcover — a thick carpet of salal, ...

Greenwater Lakes

Greenwater Lakes has picturesque bridges, waterfalls and old growth trees, not to mention two peaceful lakes and a pristine river - all create a brilliant ambiance on the year-round hike along the Greenwater Lakes Trail.  ...

Green Lake Trail

Green Lake Trail is kid-friendly and features exceptional views of a waterfall and old growth forest. This trail is a 9.6-mile bike-hike possibility in the Carbon River.  ...

Packwood Lake

The Packwood Lake trail is open to hikers and equestrians; mountain bikes, motorcycles, and ATVs are prohibited. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

Rampart Ridge Trail

Hike along an old lava flow high above the Nisqually River Valley. While the way is mostly forested, there are a couple of decent views along the trail including a pretty awe-inspiring one of the mountain rising above the Kautz Creek valley. ...

Trail of the Shadows

Trail of the Shadows is a popular trail that is kid-friendly, considered easy, and is located in the Longmire part of Mt. Rainier National Park.  ...

Twin Firs Loop Trail

Twin Firs Loop Trail is a family-friendly easy trail located in the Longmire area of Mt. Rainier National Park. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...
Crystal Lakes

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.  ...

Cispus Braille Trail

Located south of Randle, the Braille Trail is designed to enhance the experience of hiking through a forest for the visually impaired. ...

Boulder Cave Natural Area

Boulder Cave Natural Area offers a short, family-friendly walk to Boulder Cave yields a fantastic lesson in geology as well as the delicate balance of nature.  ...

Crystal Mountain Loop

In summer, admire a dazzling array of blossoming wildflowers. Throughout hiking season feast on sweeping horizon-spanning views of majestic Mt Rainier. ...

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.  ...

Crow Lake Way Trail

Crow Lake Way Trail is an 8 to 10-mile hike that is dog-friendly and requires an NW Forest Pass. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

Edgar Rock

Edgar Rock is a 2 to 4-mile trail, an "off-the-beaten-path" hike in the Chinook Pass area that requires an NW Forest Pass. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

Big Crow Basin and Basin Lake

Big Crow Basin and Basin Lake is a 15.8-mile strenuous hike that requires an overnight camping permit and Norse Peak Wilderness use permit.  ...

Three Lakes Backpack

Three Lakes Backpack, if you crave solitude, have a deep admiration for primeval forests, and seek solace than you'll absolutely love this trip. ...

Boundary Trail – Carbon River

Boundary Trail - Carbon River is a 2.6-mile roundtrip hike in an inland temperate rainforest, part of Mount Rainier National Park.  ...

Deep Creek Trail

Deep Creek Trail is a strenuous 11-mile roundtrip hike in the Chinook Pass area typically snow-free June through October. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...
Kelly Butte

Kelly Butte

Kelly Butte is a dog-friendly 3.68 miles roundtrip hike in the Chinook Pass area typically snow-free during June thru September.  ...

Sourdough Gap to Crystal Lakes

Sourdough Gap to Crystal Lakes is a moderate 7.2 mile (one-way) in the Chinook Pass area. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

Lost Lake from Greenwater Lakes

Lost Lake from Greenwater Lakes is a dog-friendly trail in the Chinook Pass area. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for this 12-mile roundtrip hike.  ...

Goat Falls

Goat Falls is located in the Chinook Pass area. This 1-mile hike tends to be snow-free March thru November. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...
Ranger Creek Trail

Ranger Creek Trail

Ranger Creek Trail is a dog-friendly trail located in the Chinook Pass area. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for this 11.6 miles hike.  ...
Grove of the Patriarchs

Grove of the Patriarchs

Grove of the Patriarchs, considered one of the easiest hikes in Mt Rainier National Park, but one of the most memorable. Learn more at VisitRainier.com. ...

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 ...
Noble Knob View

Doe Falls via Suntop

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 7.25 mi RT Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

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 ...

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 ...