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Mount Beljica

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise
46.7734, -121.9446 Map & Directions
Length
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1056 feet
Highest Point
5469 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate

7/22/2022 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out

A hiker enjoys the panorama from the summit of Mount Beljica. Photo by Jessica Kelley. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

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. Continue reading

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Hiking Mount Beljica

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. 

Hike Description Written by
Jessica Kelley, WTA Correspondent

Mount Beljica

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7734, -121.9446 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

7/22/2022 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

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

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.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

Lake Christine (#249)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

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

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