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Grand Park via Lake Eleanor

Mount Rainier Area

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Hiked Jul 14, 2020

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road rough but passable


Bugs were not too bad


Intermittent snow - not hard to cross

With the air mostly clear of smog from the cities & vehicles along with no wildfire smoke, the visual impact of Grand Park is something not to miss, right now.  For my old sedan it was slow going on the gravel road with most pot holes avoidable but some that needed slow going to avoid tire or axle damage. The moisture of the forest & boggy areas means mosquitoes; so, be ready. My permethrin sprayed hat and clothing protected me (long sleeves & long pants, too), but my hiking companions needed to apply insect repellent. This moisture also means carpets of flowers. On this Tuesday hike, many groups of people with only some who did not deploy face coverings when passing. It's such an easy thing to have a bandanna or buff around your neck to pull up when coming within close proximity. On this trail, it's hard to get off the trail without crushing fragile plants - please, take care of the plants and other people by wearing a mask when passing.  Thanks.

The attached links include a video, wildflower and grand view pictures, as well as my GPS track.

At 1.7 miles from the TH there is a boggy area.  At 2.7 miles, there's an area of snow which is easy to cross but could be slippery for someone with less then sure footing.  A pair of hikers heading back to Lake Eleanor at ~10:30am said they saw a bear and a coyote.  By the time we arrived at Grand Park ~12noon, too many people had been there and no mammals were seen.


VentureBold on Grand Park via Lake Eleanor

Thank you for the mask reminder.

Posted by:

VentureBold on Jul 15, 2020 03:01 PM