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72 Hikes
Shellrock Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2955 ft.
Highest Point: 6835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
Scramble your way up to the top of Shellrock Peak for mountain views and a close-up look of columnar rocks.
 
 
Noble Knob

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 6011.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(34 votes)
This hike up to a former lookout site provides spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding landscape.
 
 
Skookum Flats

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(21 votes)
Choose between a shorter or longer river walk through old-growth forest to a 250-foot cascading waterfall.
 
 
Mount Aix

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4650 ft.
Highest Point: 7766.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(11 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
The Mount Aix trail leads to a lofty world above the tree line, with views in all directions, and access to other trails for wandering in the open. On a clear day, you can see Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, the Goat Rocks, Mount Rainier, and the Stuart Range, just to mention the more identifiable peaks.
 
 
Little Bald Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2185 ft.
Highest Point: 4602.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
The trail up Little Bald Mountain follows the edge of a a northwest-facing rim rock cliff that melts out a month or so earlier than areas farther west. It's the perfect answer for those looking for an early season high country fix and often has wildflowers blooming when, or even before, Chinook pass opens.
 
 
Rattlesnake Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A mostly abandoned trail along (and sometimes in) Rattlesnake Creek that has been washed out in many places due to its numerous crossings of the creek.
 
 
Cougar Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
Ford a river, climb through forest and end at two lakes in the heart of a wilderness area -- Cougar Lake is a gorgeous respite for hikers in the William O. Douglas wilderness.
 
 
Bumping Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A gentle hike through stands of mature larches and other conifers along the shores of Bumping Lake. The trail is also a good alternate route to Swamp Lake Trail #970 or to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 when a ford of the Bumping River is too hazardous.
 
 
American Ridge

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6310.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A steep and dusty trail to a long, beautiful ridge where the rambling is fine, often among a band of elk.
 
 
Twin Sisters Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A long dirt road provides access to the central trailhead for the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. The popular, easy forest hike to the Twin Sisters Lakes is a prelude to miles of exploration possible on trails and cross-country through open forest, past meadows, ponds, and lakes.
 
 
Swamp Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
Despite its name, Swamp Lake is a lovely little destination in the William O. Douglas wilderness near Mount Rainier. It's popular with fishermen and backpackers, though it can be extremely buggy in early summer.
 
 
Basin Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 580 ft.
Highest Point: 6480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
The Basin Lake Trail is located just east of the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in the Norse Peak Wilderness. This is a little-used trail, which traverses some steep sections with eroding gullies where hikers may get queasy depending on their comfort level with exposure.
 
 
Sheep Lake to Sourdough Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(35 votes)
This is a pleasant hike to a small lake and a notched gap with sweeping views. Sheep Lake is nestled in a subalpine area that explodes with wildflowers in July and August. The lake is a good place to relax and enjoy nature or perhaps take off your boots and go wading. Sourdough Gap is a small saddle in a rocky-edged ridge. The hike from the lake to the gap offers increasingly picturesque views of the south Cascades with every foot of altitude you gain. Once at the gap, you will be rewarded with grand views of Sheep Lake on one side and the Crystal Lakes basin on the other side.
 
 
Huckleberry Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 3835 ft.
Highest Point: 6778.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(9 votes)
This lesser known trail starts in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and then enters the northeast corner of the park, is snow-free early in the season and goes through some amazing old growth.
 
 
Dewey Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1270 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(26 votes)
To misquote a famous author, this hike can be "the best of trips or the worst of trips". Done in the right season, it has beautiful flowers, ripe berries, expansive views, great campsites, fishing, and swimming. Done in the wrong season, it has treacherous avalanche chute crossings, wet trail, no flowers, muddy campsites, and horrendous bugs.
 
 
Goat Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 6473.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(17 votes)
Goat Peak offers expansive views into the William O. Douglas Wilderness and beyond. Once the site of a U.S. Forest Service lookout, Goat Peak’s 6,400-foot summit showcases such impressive gems as the Goat Rocks, Bumping Lake, Mount Rainier, Fife’s Peak, and the Stuart Range.
 
 
Little Ranger Peak via Ranger Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5010.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
This infrequently visited trail is the perfect hike early in the season, because the snow melts off the south-facing flanks of the peak early. If you miss the springtime, save it for fall, because the deciduous trees that line the path make it ideal for a shot of fall color. Enjoy a moderately graded that leads you to a summit that boasts views of Rainier and the White River valley from the summit.
 
 
Suntop Lookout

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(12 votes)
Reaching the summit of Suntop can require considerable energy, or it can be a simple short walk, but the views of Mount Rainier and the White River valley below are worth it any way you slice it. Hike either 16 miles or just two, depending on which trail you use.
 
 
Crow Lake Way

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3340 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Are you looking for an early summer, dry-side, flowered workout? The eastern third of this trail is for you, with its many flowers and increasing views over the American River valley. Just be ready for the stark nature of the fire ravaged forest.
 
 
Snoquera Falls Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 975 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(36 votes)
With a trailhead so easily accessible, there's no excuse not to visit Snoquera Falls. Best in early spring, this lush, forested trail features a pretty fantail cascade plunging down a sheer, rocky wall.
 
 
Greenwater and Echo Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.72
(36 votes)
Visit a trail where rushing rivers, placid lakes, and wild forests abound.
 
 
Palisades

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2680 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(18 votes)
This trail has it all, from beautiful forests, beautiful waterfalls, good climbing and fun descents to technical sections with views of Mount Rainier from cliffs that will inspire you.
 
 
Bullion Basin

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
A relatively steep and rocky connector trail running between the Crystal Mountain resort area up through Bullion Basin to the Pacific Crest Trail with mountain and meadow views.
 
 
Raven Roost

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 540 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
This trail starts out at the Raven Roost high point at road’s end. This trail starts out with the views before you even set foot on trail.
 
 
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) - Chinook Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
63.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Connect between the Mount Rainier area and Snoqualmie Pass along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Travel over rolling hills through forests and clear cut areas with views of Mt. Rainier.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam - River Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. At about 3.5 miles from the trailhead, Scatter Creek makes the trail impassable.
 
 
Edgar Rock

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
Rock spires across the Naches River from Highway 410 catch the eye of travelers from the roadway. For a closer look, consider a hike to the top of Edgar Rock by way of the Lost Creek Trail. This route proves popular early in the season as well as late in the year. The hike is not very long and features good views at the top.
 
 
Greenwater Trail to Lost Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Take the trail less traveled by and visit some quiet lakes near Mount Rainier. Or, continue on to extensive views afforded by Noble Knob.
 
 
Goat Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6473.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Goat Creek trail ascends at a moderate pace from the Bumping River valley up to American Ridge and Goat Peak. The trail can be accessed via the Cougar Flat Campground.
 
 
Dalles Ridge

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Dalles Ridge is the primary way that hikers access the popular Noble Knob Trail and Ranger Creek. It provides hikers with a beautiful ridge walk after a steady climb from the trailhead.