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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 ...

Eastside Trail – Upper

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

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. ...

Goat Peak

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 3.9 mi RT  Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty Level: ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Edgar Rock

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

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: ...

Three Lakes Backpack

Area: Cayuse Pass Hike Type: Overnight Pass: National Park Pass &  Overnight Camping Permit Distance: 14 mi RT Duration: 2 ...

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 ...

Deep Creek Trail

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Thigh-burner Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 11 mi RT Duration: 7 hrs Difficulty Level: Strenuous ...

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 ...

Paul Peak

Area: Mowich Lake Hike Type: Mountain views Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 7.8 mi RT Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty Level: ...

Chenuis Falls

Area: Carbon River Hike Type:  Waterfall view Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 6.4 mi RT Duration: 4.5 hrs Difficulty Level: ...

Grand Park via Lake Eleanor

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Views Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 7.5 mi RT Duration: 5-6 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation ...

Kelly Butte

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 3.68 mi RT Duration: 2.5-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

Glacier Lake Trail

Area: Packwood / Randle Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 6.5 mi RT Duration: 3.5 hrs Difficulty Level: ...

Sourdough Gap to Crystal Lakes

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Views Pass: Natl. Forest Pass Distance: 7.2 mi, one-way  Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate Elevation ...

Summit Lake

Area: Carbon River Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 6.5 mi RT Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

Lost Lake from Greenwater Lakes

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 12 mi RT Duration: 6-7 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

Goat Falls

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 1.0 mi RT Duration: 0.75 hr Difficulty Level: Easy ...

Ranger Creek Trail

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Dog-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 11.6 mi RT Duration: 8 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

Crystal Peak

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Mountain views Pass:  National Park Pass Distance: 7.8 mi RT Duration: 6 hrs Difficulty Level: Difficult Snow-Free: ...

Green Lake Trail

Area: Carbon River Hike Type: Waterfall views Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 9.6 mi RT Duration: 5 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

Carbon Glacier Trail

Area: Carbon River Hike Type: Glacier views Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 17.5 mi RT Duration: 6 hrs Difficulty Level: ...

Grove of the Patriarchs

Area: Ohanapecosh Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 1.5 mi RT Duration: 1 hr Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation ...

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 ...

Greenwater Lakes

Area: Chinook Lake Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 4 mi RT Duration: 2 hrs Difficulty Level: Easy ...

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 ...

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, ...

Packwood Lake

Area: Packwood / Randle Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 9 mi RT Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty Level: ...

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

Area: Longmire Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 0.75 mi Duration: 0.5 hr Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: ...

Twin Firs Loop Trail

Area: Longmire Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 0.4 mi Loop Duration: 0.5-1 hr Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation ...