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Mount Beljica

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise
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Length

3.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1056 ft.
Highest Point: 5469 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706.
 
 

Mount Beljica is just outside the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park, so you can bring your dog and still experience a well-kept trail leading to astounding views of Washington's tallest mountain. 

From the trailhead at the end of Forest Road 5920, start walking uphill. The trail climbs steeply at first, but after 0.8 miles it flattens out as you reach Lake Christine.

Admire the trees reflecting in the lake and watch for ospreys perched overhead. Stick to the main trail as it wraps around the east side of lake, ignoring spurs that lead to campsites surrounding the lake. At just less than 1.2 miles, you reach another junction. (If you look carefully, you will see the word “Summit” scratched into a log at this junction.) Head uphill here, to the left. The trail to the right leads to Goat Lake, Beljica Meadows, and beyond. 

The final quarter mile before the summit is steep and rooty, but before you know it, you reach a rocky clearing, and Mount Rainier suddenly reveals itself, looming large to the northeast, so close you can see details of the crevasses on the mountain. On a clear day, Mount Adams and Mount St Helens will also be visible to the south. 

The summit of Beljica is rocky and exposed, so keep kids and dogs close. 

 

Mount Beljica

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7734, -121.9446 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

Lake Christine (#249)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson and Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Getting There

From Ashford, head east on Highway 706. After 3 miles, take a left on NF-59, which is not signed.

Travel 2.7 miles on NF-59 until you reach NF-037, and take a sharp left onto NF-037. In another 1.5 miles, take a sharp right onto NF-5920. Stay on this road for another 1.5 miles until you reach the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706.
 

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