Mount Rainier National Park is located in west-central Washington and is ideal for hiking, mountain climbing and scenic drives. Most roads are open from late May to early October, which allow for both stunning views and access to a wide range of hiking trails and other sites. Hikers will find forests with cedar, hemlock, and fir trees as well as streams and wildflower meadows. On Rainier's alpine slopes, visitors will find firs, glaciers, and tundra. Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the most prominent peak in the Cascades, and it is covered by 26 named glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the continental United States. The mountain is popular for climbing, and more than half of the park is covered by subalpine and alpine forests. Paradise on the south slope is one of the snowiest places in the world, and the Longmire visitor center is the start of the Wonderland Trail, which encircles the mountain.
wound up on another trail. you should definitely study a good map before heading out. the picnic spot is not marked on the road, or anywhere. the trail head is poorly marked. and if you don't know that this trail diverges from the main trail... you might wind up hiking back on the highway like me.
Quite icy in late October! It's a narrow trail so it's a bit scary without good boots. Wound up on this trail although we meant to take Naches Loop. Still good fun, but had to turn around and hike the highway back because of the condition and daylight fading fast.
Gorgeous hike with wonderful views of Mt. Rainier. Due to the snow the trail wasn't too crowded but still plenty of people around. The trail head is not clearly marked when starting from the parking area (by the restrooms) so make sure you know where you're going beforehand.
Awesome trail for the magnificence of the forest and the view . I continued the trail via the Paul Peak link which take you to the upper lake after a long climb out , but the reward of the falls and the lake is fantastic, especially when 3 Nice ladies serve you hot tea at the top !