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Eastside Trail

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon
46.7512, -121.5747 Map & Directions
Length
26.2 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
3532 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard

Chinook Pass and Stevens Canyon Road are closed for the season

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites

This long route connects the subalpine environs of Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake with the deep, lowland forests of the Ohanapecosh area. It is part of the East Side Loop trail, a long loop that hikers can enjoy in lieu of the Wonderland Trail. Continue reading

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Hiking Eastside Trail

This long route connects the subalpine environs of Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake with the deep, lowland forests of the Ohanapecosh area. It is part of the East Side Loop trail, a long loop that hikers can enjoy in lieu of the Wonderland Trail.

Many hikers begin at the trail’s upper end and thru-hike this, though the logistics of a car shuttle for that can be tricky. Another option is to do this as a key swap.

Starting from the upper section, you'll be impressed by a prime example of a subalpine ecosystem as the trail winds through the meadows and patchy forest surrounding Tipsoo Lake. Once out of the Chinook Pass area, the trail follows Chinook Creek and the Ohanapecosh River.

Along the way, you'll enjoy outstanding examples of old-growth forest. These trees live in subalpine, mid- mountain, and lowland forest ecosystems, all of which you'll pass through on your hike. Enjoy the refreshing sights and sounds of numerous waterfalls cascading down the canyons, and the stunning alpine views of Rainier. Late-season hikers might hear elk bugling in the forest amidst colorful fall foliage. 

As you near Ohanapecosh Campground, take the spur trail into the Grove of the Patriarchs to view a gorgeous grove of ancient trees -- some of them are more than a thousand years old.

If a thru-hike doesn't do it for you, it is possible to access the Eastside Trail using a variety of trailheads at several locations along its length. Grab a map and plan your outing, whether it's one, two, or multiple days.

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Eastside Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7512, -121.5747 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Chinook Pass and Stevens Canyon Road are closed for the season

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Start your thru hike at Chinook Pass or Ohanapecosh. 

  • For Chinook Pass: Park at the parking area adjacent to the park boundary on SR 410, next to the Pacific Crest Trail’s pedestrian footbridge
  • For Ohanapecosh: Park in the parking areas adjacent to the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center and Campground.

Other access points include Tipsoo Lake, Owyhight Lakes, and Grove of the Patriarchs.

  • Tipsoo Lake: Park at the Tipsoo Lake picnic area, 0.5 mile (0.8 km) west of Chinook Pass on SR 410.
  • Owyhigh Lakes Trail: Park on SR 123 at the small roadside pulloff about 200 feet (61 m) south of the trailhead. Follow the Owyhigh Lakes Trail 0.4 mile (0.6 km) downhill, past Deer Creek Falls, to join the Eastside Trail.
  • Grove of the Patriarchs/Stevens Canyon Road: Park in the parking lot at the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead on Stevens Canyon Road.

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Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

Mount Rainier National Park

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