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The Yurt

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise
46.7058, -121.9928 Map & Directions
Length
10.24 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1100 feet
Highest Point
4100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
The Yurt in the summer offers a few options for hanging out outside, including a picnic table and a tent pad. Photo by Heath Jones.
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Established campsites

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The Yurt is by far the most secluded of the four huts within the Mount Tahoma Trail System. A cozy studio in the wilderness surrounded by trees with access for a day hike to Griffin Mountain. Continue reading

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Hiking The Yurt

The Yurt is by far the most secluded of the four huts within the Mount Tahoma Trail System. A cozy studio in the wilderness surrounded by trees with access for a day hike to Griffin Mountain.

While hiking be cautious of logging trucks driving on the forest road. Usually they are done by 2:00 p.m., and an agreement between the Department of Natural Resources and the logging company provides the access to these amazing huts! The lower parking lot has a pit toilet facility for use before starting on your trek.

Start up the road to the  Lower Yurt Trail, found after 0.88 miles of walking. Take a left and head into the dense forest, across a footbridge and through the quiet forest.

After 1.64 miles on the Lower Yurt Trail, stay right and continue for another 1.51 miles. Here you will come to the junction that allows access back up the hill to Snow Bowl and High Hut. Stay to the left and continue on the forest road for .82 miles. Here you will come to the trail for Griffin Mountain.

Take the road to the right for another .27 miles to the Yurt. Keep an eye out to the west and you will see Snow Bowl in the distance.

The Yurt can also be accessed by taking the forest roads up towards Snow Bowl. From the top saddle on the way to Snow Bowl, take the road to the left, and stay to the right for 2.42 miles to access the Yurt.

During your stay, consider the day hike to Griffin Mountain; it is 3.8 miles round trip from the Yurt and provides excellent views of Mount Rainier!

All huts have a wood stove, oven, stovetop, bunk beds/mattresses, outdoor pit toilet, and cooking utensils. Reservations must be obtained to stay overnight. There is also a tent pad outside if you want to rough it a bit.

Hike Description Written by
Heath Jones, WTA Correspondent

The Yurt

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7058, -121.9928 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

The huts are open for overnight use only to members of the same party who have prior reservations

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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

From Elbe, drive east on SR 706 to just a mile before Ashford (about 8 miles). Look for a Baptist Church on the right side of the road, and turn onto the road just before it. This is DNR Road 1.

Road 1 leads straight to the Sno-Parks for the south district of Mount Tahoma Trails Association. Proceed six miles from 706 following the Sno-Park signs to the Upper Sno-Park.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Guidebooks & Maps

Mount Tahoma Trails Association Map (Available at Whittaker's Mountaineering in Ashford)

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