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76 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1270 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(27 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 975 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.66
(38 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 3835 ft.
Highest Point: 6778 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 473 ft.
Highest Point: 5238 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.15
(13 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(25 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Choose between a shorter or longer river walk through old-growth forest to a 250-foot cascading waterfall.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Ridges/passes
This page describes the options for doing a loop hike around the ski slopes, which is the ridge west of Crystal Mountain Boulevard.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
This is a beautiful hike that, “has it all” from wonderful wildflowers and a deep forest to wild creeks and an alpine lake. You will even see an abandoned gold mine along the way!
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5409 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.05
(22 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
This is a nice, short hike to a recently repaired fire lookout. Guidebooks do not include recent upgrades to the trail and road to the trailhead. The trail is no longer only accessible via a scramble, but trail that switchbacks through wildflowers and interesting rock walls which was constructed in 2007. The lookout itself has been repaired, making it a nice lunch stop.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(28 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
Sheep Lake is a picturesque alpine lake guarded by jagged-edged ridges. It makes a good destination for children, especially if you let them swim, play in the meadows, or explore the small rock outcroppings. Sheep Lake is also a worthy destination for adults who want a pause from daily life to enjoy the outdoors. The campsites around the perimeter are ideal for base camping or for backpacking with children.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 6011 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(36 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
This hike up to a former lookout site provides spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding landscape.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2955 ft.
Highest Point: 6835 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Scramble your way up to the top of Shellrock Peak for mountain views and a close-up look of columnar rocks.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Road closed: Forest Road 74 is closed

The trail up Clear West Peak is inaccessible due to Road 74 being blocked and gated.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 2135 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
Dalles River is a short trail branching off of the Dalles Campground and meandering along the White River. It is known for the 9.5-foot diameter Douglas fir at the trailhead, one of the largest trees in the Snoqualmie Ranger District.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(37 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6310 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
A steep and dusty trail to a long, beautiful ridge where the rambling is fine, often among a band of elk.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2185 ft.
Highest Point: 4602 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4650 ft.
Highest Point: 7766 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(11 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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. This gentle 2-mile trail will take you along the White River.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 791 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.74
(38 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Visit a trail where rushing rivers, placid lakes, and wild forests abound.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(26 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Follow a gentle old railroad grade into the coal-mining ghost town of Franklin, along the Green River near Black Diamond. It’s an easy walk up to the coal cart and sealed mine shaft. Follow the narrow footpath beyond to discover the powerhouse foundation and cemetery.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Take the trail less traveled by and visit some quiet lakes near Mount Rainier. Or, continue on to extensive views afforded by Noble Knob.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
Boulder Cave formed millions of years from volcanic activity. Today the cave is home to a dwindling population of Pacific western big-eared bats.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
Done as a one-way car shuttle hike, this route takes you past several lakes and streams, through meadows of wild flowers, patches of huckleberries, views of mountains and occasional wildlife such as marmots, black bears, pikas and mountain goats. And on a warm day you can take a cooling dip in Sheep Lake on your journey.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 470 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
This un-maintained trail can be accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail can be difficult to follow, so be sure to take appropriate precautions.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3680 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
If you want both a walk in the sunshine and a walk through the trees, Mesatchee Creek is the place to go! Keep your feet dry on the turnpikes and bridge made by WTA.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2759 ft.
Highest Point: 5858 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Lakes
Hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail through meadows of wildflowers and past sparkling lakes with views of Nelson Ridge, Mount Aix and Mount Rainier. This outing makes for a great day hike or backpacking trip.