The Wonderland Trail is a 93-mile hiking trail that encircles Washington's most famous volcano. Each year, hikers vie for permits to embark on a backpacking trip on it, with only a handful scoring the permits to undertake this strenuous hike.
While it's arguably one of the most gorgeous trails in Washington, it's also one of the most challenging, with lots of elevation gain and loss as hikers climb in and out of lahars, up onto ridges, and on the flanks of Mount Rainier.
The best way to be prepared for this hike is to do plenty of research, have a good understanding of your hiking skills and abilities, and create a specific, day-by-day itinerary for your hike. Get started here, and when you have your hike planned, apply for your permits by either faxing or mailing them to Mount Rainier.