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3903 Hikes
Ancient Lakes

Central Washington -- Potholes Region

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(62 votes)
View one of the best examples of a recessional-cataract canyon. Potholes Coulee caught the attention of J Harlen Bretz in the early 20th century, which led to his “outrageous hypothesis” of Ice Age flooding.
 
 
Eastside Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
36.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7430 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
A multi-night backpacking trip around the eastern edge of Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 
Skyscraper Pass

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 7079.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
The trail to Skyscraper Pass makes an ideal dayhike to take you a little further from the popular visitor center at Sunrise, and the crowds that head to Dege Peak and the Burroughs. It's a bit longer, so you'll need to be ready for push. Particularly enthusiastic hikers can push onto Skyscraper Mountain via a bootpath.
 
 
Silver Forest - Emmons Vista

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
The Silver Forest Trail is a lesser-known and therefore less-crowded alternative at Mount Rainier’s Sunrise. Enjoy mountain, glacier and river valley views along a gentle trail that is mostly out of sight of the bustle of Sunrise.
 
 
Owyhigh Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 5275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(17 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Walk a very pleasant and well-graded trail through old- and new-growth forest. After a moderate elevation gain, the forest opens into meadowlands filled with wildflowers after the snow melts. A pair of shallow but pretty lakes, with a rocky ridge as a backdrop, completes the scene.
 
 
Northern Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
36.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 12000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
A beautiful loop trail on the north side of Mount Rainier, this is a shorter, but no less lovely, option to the Wonderland Trail.
 
 
Sunrise to Mystic Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1870 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This is a trail where the journey is as interesting as the destination. Enjoy a beautiful waterfall and views of icy Winthrop Glacier. Gaze directly at Mount Rainier and witness the fascinating destruction caused by the floods of 2006. All of this is chased by the peaceful basin of Mystic Lake and surrounding meadows.
 
 
Little Tahoma

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
 
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
The route to Little Tahoma requires advanced mountaineering skills including glacier travel.
 
 
Inter Glacier

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2920 ft.
Highest Point: 7150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
The Inter Glacier is part of the standard Mount Rainier climbing route. While it may appear to be just a steep snowfield, it is a glacier with crevasses and other hazards. Glacier travel experience and equipment is required.
 
 
Goat Island Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
Highest Point: 7288.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
 
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
The route to the top of Goat Island Mountain is not on true trail but is more of a scramble.
 
 
Emmons Moraine

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(13 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This short trail crosses the Inter Fork of the White River to views of The Mountain's largest glacier and the valley carved by this river of ice.
 
 
Forest Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 6920.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Forest lake is a small lake in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier.
 
 
Summerland - Panhandle Gap

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(51 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Begin in old-growth forest, climb up to one of Mount Rainier's most spectacular wildflower meadows, then continue along the highest section of the Wonderland Trail to reach the alpine world of Panhandle Gap. Along the way be alert for marmots and goats, and it is not unusual to see a black bear.
 
 
Glacier Basin Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 7400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Expansive views of Mount Rainier, up-close views of Emmons Glacier, lakes, and campsites are just a few features of the Glacier Basin Loop's varying landscape.
 
 
Sunrise to Carbon River Traverse

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
13.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 5200 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
A section of the scenic Wonderland Trail, enjoy views of Mount Rainier and the Carbon Glacier, numerous creek crossings, and meadows as you connect between Sunrise and the Carbon River.
 
 
White River to Sunrise

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
A short but steep climb on the Wonderland Trail from a campground in Mount Rainier National Park to the Sunrise Visitor Center area.
 
 
Sunrise Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 6150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This short, one-mile, downhill jaunt from the hairpin turn on the road to Sunrise makes a great detour when hiking the Palisades Lakes trail, or a nice warm up before tackling longer hikes like Burroughs or Dege Peak from Sunrise.
 
 
Tamanos Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3080 ft.
Highest Point: 6790.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Tamanos is a moderately strenuous 10 mile round trip hike that goes through forest, meadows, rock and ridge scrambles ending in glorious up close views of Mount Rainier.
 
 
Grand Park via Sunrise

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Grand Park provides one of the absolute best views of The Mountain from any of the trails in the park. Though longer than the access from Lake Eleanor, this route is more scenic, passing through the stark rocky landscape of Sunrise to flower-filled Berkeley Park and then climbing gradually through cool forest before getting to alpine meadows and majestic Grand Park itself.
 
 
Chinook Pass to Crystal Mountain via the Pacific Crest Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
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.
 
 
Deadwood Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 470 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
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.
 
 
Sheep Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(27 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
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.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(63 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
Mesatchee Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3680.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
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.
 
 
Hidden Lake

Mount Rainier Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Hidden Lake
 
 
Chinook Pass Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
A snowshoe up Hwy 410 towards Chinook Pass from the gate at Morse Creek.
 
 
White Pass to Chinook Pass

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
28.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Get ready for 28 miles of very scenic hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a great intro to backpacking route: Four days, seven to eight miles per day of relatively flat backpacking. The trail is well marked, there are abundant camp sites and many stopping points along the way.
 
 
American Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2759 ft.
Highest Point: 5858.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
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.
 
 
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:
3.92
(36 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
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.
 
 
Stafford Falls via Deer Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 3250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
The hike to Stafford Falls drops steeply from the road, requiring a climb to return to your vehicle. But after 0.4 miles, it follows crystal-clear Chinook Creek as it cascades down a gentle slope, with small plunges, narrow chutes, beautiful blue-green pools, and a 25-foot punch-bowl waterfall. Such beauty and serenity are seldom this easy to get to.