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.
Beautiful in late summer. Gorgeous water fall is a great spot to take a break and eat lunch while being cooled off by the mist from the falls. Then once you arrive at Van Trump park a beautiful and tranquil meadow blanketed with lots of Indian paintbrush and other colorful wildflowers.
Easy trail with magnificent view of the falls. Might get a little hard for kids ounces you make the assent to the falls at the end, but the path is well marked. Stay left on the way back there are a couple forks that will take you down to the river but the main trial is always on the left on the way back from the falls.
Started our trip around 8:30am with no plan, found this trail around 11am when we noticed an empty parking lot. Can't see the trailhead or trail from the road or the parking lot. No fees. Well maintained trail, ALL downhill so be cautious, for every mile down is a twice the work getting back up. We found that out the hard way. Lol there are tiny creeks and pretty water falls along the way. We hiked on a very rainy, wet day and the trails/surrounding land became a wetlands. Bridges are in good condition but super slick. Water resistant hiking boots are the way to go along with standard rain gear. This hike is definitely worth a return trip on a day with better weather, hopefully next time making it all the way to the lake. Loved it!!