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71 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(39 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

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(13 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2780 ft.
Highest Point: 5880 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
This moderately difficult trail accesses the William O. Douglas wilderness area. Passing through dense timber near Flat Iron Lake, the way also hosts good campsites for visitors
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4650 ft.
Highest Point: 7766 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(12 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

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 6856 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(15 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
A steep, yet surprisingly comfortable climb to views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Glacier Peak, and the Olympics.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 630 ft.
Highest Point: 5173 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
This short, steep hike leads to an abandoned lookout site, where nature has obscured the views with tree growth. A careful descent to the southeast from the lookout site leads to the top of a steep rocky area with magnificent views of Mount Rainier and the Greenwater River Valley – just don’t lose your footing if you're snapping pics at the peak!
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
6.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(72 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
This popular summer trail offers wildflower-filled meadows, a glistening alpine lake, big mountain views and wildlife sighting aplenty.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.15
(13 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Green, mossy old growth trees and miles of level hiking are the main attractions at Federation Forest State Park. More than 12 miles of trails wind through the forest and hikers can put together loops to fit their hiking needs.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(9 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
Three waterfalls, multiple viewing areas, and two different trailheads provide great choices for an excursion to Little Mashel Falls. The tallest waterfall plunges over 90 feet.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2680 ft.
Highest Point: 5300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(26 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 > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1444 ft.
Highest Point: 4435 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
Surprise Lake and the surrounding land is entirely on private property. The road to the lake is gated, but kept open to hikers by the property owners. To retain access to this lovely lake, please respect the private property and refrain from entering any structures you may encounter on your outing.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6089 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(18 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Summits
Bearhead Mountain is a moderate, well-marked trail through the forest that carries you to an old fire lookout site with a bold and brassy Rainier view.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 6340 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes
Nestled far from civilization, at the end of Deep Creek, you will likely have this glorious loop to yourself. A brief, three-mile section of the famous Pacific Crest Trail makes up the western link of this loop.
 
 

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

 
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

 
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 > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1660 ft.
Highest Point: 4760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
High Hut is the highlight of the Mount Tahoma Trail System. From the warmth of a cozy alpine hut, enjoy some of the best views in the southern Cascades.
 
 

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 > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Now, it provides skiers and snowshoers a place to warm up after a bracing 4.5 mile jaunt along forest roads in Tahoma State Forest.
 
 

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 > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.06 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Snow Bowl, High Hut, and the Yurt are all accessible for a summer hike or bike in addition to the winter snowshoe and ski. Depending on conditions and logging trucks, the upper parking lot may be open, shaving off at nearly a mile or more each way of this hike.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
10.24 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Established campsites
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1740 ft.
Highest Point: 4100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
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 easy access for a day hike to Griffin Mountain, you'll have to really hoof it through the snow to get there.
 
 

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.