Explore Backpacking trips - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Backpacking trips Map
VIEW FULL MAP
Reviews (198)
Photos (789)
View user's profile page
Justin McNabb reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 28, 2020
HikingIcySnow

You need spikes and probably snow shoes now. Couldn’t get to paradise in just boots from Longmire.

View Justin's Recording
View user's profile page
Bill & Darcel Esser reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 31, 2020
Hiking

Very nice trail. One tree over the trail just passed cougar campground.

View Bill & Darcel's Recording
View user's profile page
Leo Roberts reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 9, 2020
Hiking

The 5 stars is a dream not the experience. I just finished the PCT 2020. I passed this iconic icy crowned beauty mid September. The temptation to go off trail and tackle this loop was extremely appealing. How is this trail in October time? I am an experienced thru-hiker looking to do this loop in 3 days. Anyone know it’s current state?

View user's profile page
Greg Kroleski reviewed Mount Rainier Northern Loop Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 23, 2020
Running

Ran this as part of the figure 8. I've done the Wonderland before so I liked that this added some new landscape while revisiting some old. The area around the cliffs and the big meadow are just beautiful.

View user's profile page
michael barto reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 19, 2020
Hiking

Cut short due to multiple bridges out.

View michael's Recording
View user's profile page
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 11, 2020
Hiking
View larry's Recording
View user's profile page
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 10, 2020

Hiked this loop counterclockwise Labor Day weekend-9/5-9/7 Day 1: Sunrise to James Camp. Approx 12 miles. Grand park was pretty. James Lake was very muddy around the edges. The camp is 0.1mile from the lake with a stream nearby for a water source. Day 2: James Camp to Mystic Lake with a side trip to the Natural Bridge. Approx 13miles. Natural bridge was by far the best part of the loop and def worth the side trip! This day had a lot of elevation gain and loss. The section alongside carbon glacier was very hot and exposed..don’t do it in the middle of the day like we did. Mystic lake was awesome. The camp is 0.2miles downhill from the lake with again a nearby stream as a water source. Day 3: Mystic to Sunrise with a side trip to Skyscraper mountain. Approx 10miles. Skyscraper mountain has an awesome view, highly recommend! The suspension bridge to spray park is also cool and worth walking over. Saw marmots, goats, deer and one black bear. As others have said this loop has a lot of elevation gain and loss consistently. Pack light! Overall really enjoyed this trip but would say the sections of the Wonderland trail (day 2 and 3) were our favorite for views and scenery.

View user's profile page
Emily L reviewed Alpine Lakes High Route
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
HikingOff trailOver grownScramble

My partner and I completed this loop over labor day weekend 9/5-9/7. We did the route counter clockwise and camped at a small, unnamed lake above chetwood on night one, and tank on night two. Both lakes had plenty of camp spots and beautiful views. The route between chetwood and tank consists of small boot paths, and large talus field crossings. We took the route that alltrails shows from chetwood to the summit of iron cap (low and around the NW shoulder of iron cap lake, then up the northern spine of iron cap to the top) and we found it to be safe and accurate. From iron cap we were planning to proceed with the route as shown (along the eastern ridge) but this proved to be impassible. I suppose this could be done if you are a climber and have the gear and desire, but it is quite literally a drop off, and very consequential. Instead, we opted to walk back down the gentle north spine, curving to the east and then switching back below the cliffs. This seemed to be route of choice for other groups hiking this weekend as well (there were probably 5+ groups doing the loop this weekend). All in all, this was a great trip. It is really neat to see so many lakes in such a short distance and the views from tank are incredible. I would definitely recommend 3 days for this trip, as the off trail portion will take longer than the low mileage may suggest.

View user's profile page
Lena Ann reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 27, 2020
HikingBugs

What an amazingly difficult but rewarding hike! I hiked Longmire to Longmire counter clockwise starting 7/19 and ending 7/28. Being a flat lander from SE Texas, the elevation gains were no joke and I was very glad I went with a 10 day hike versus the original 8 day plan. The washout at Stevens pass wasn’t nearly as scary as panhandle gap where I almost turned around and hiked all the way back to longmire when I saw the icy ledge on a cliff. So scary. Never again. But the views.....I’m not sure anything will ever compare to the beauty of Indian Bar or Summerland. I met a bear on day 5 who was so busy munching away that he barely looked up at me as I scooted by. The climb from Ipsut up to Mowich was brutal in direct sunlight but the view from the top . This trail is worth all the sweat, aches and pains....but I feel like Devils Dream owes me an apology. To the two sets of hikers coming from that direction who said the mosquitos “weren’t that bad”, I hate you. It was the worst moral killer after 9 long days on trail and I hate that I spent my last night stuck in my tent to avoid the swarms of mosquitos. Avoid camping here if you have a choice. Otherwise, if you can get a permit, add this hike to your bucket list.

View user's profile page
Curtiss Notch reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 23, 2020
HikingBugsFeeGreat!

An absolute gem! Difficult and rewarding day in and day out. I did this trail from Sunrise to Sunrise clockwise in '94 while residing in Yakima, WA. Of course you'll have to plan your camps per the NPS, and I remember we took nine days to do this hike which averaged 10 mi/day....one day we only had 4 mi between camps and our longest was 15 mi. We had a blast with the many characters we met on this trail and our leisurely pace. This is a hike that you will constantly be either ascending or descending as you're circumnavigating a major volcano and it's ridges, snow fields, nooks, crannies and river valleys. You need rain gear/appropriate footwear as the mountain creates it's own weather and even if the forecast is favorable, the underbrush and shoulder height foliage in places will soak you every morning. Excellent views, tremendous camps, much fresh water and a host of well traveled characters are all in abundance. Paradise will truly be paradise after a few initial days on the trail and a nice midway jump off for a resupply or just a handmade lunch and brew! This trail is sure to reenergize the soul and reclaim a respect for nature and it's raw beauty....you will hurt, but in a good way!

View user's profile page
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 22, 2020
Hiking

I began this hike at about 6 pm on Tuesday, 8/18, having completed the Timberline Trail around Mt. Hood earlier in the day. I started at Sunrise and went CCW, going through the Northern Loop first before meeting up with the Wonderland trail on the way back to Sunrise. Finished at 10 am on Thursday 8/20. I stayed at Berkeley Park (about 3.6 miles) on the first night before starting the next day with an easy, small climb up to Grand Park, which was gorgeous in the morning. I wish I had had the time to go to Lake Eleanor, but the six-mile detour was too much for me to consider. This entire trail is really either a descent or a climb - and I wanted to get as much of that out of the way on Day 2 as I possibly could, so I went 19 miles in total to get to Mystic Camp. Day 2 was pretty amazing with the views. Lake James was a great spot to take a break and watch fish jumping out of the water. Getting to Cloud Gap was so rewarding after a hard climb up some switchbacks. Possibly my favorite part of the hike. That's what you expect mountaintop meadows to look like! Once you join back up with the Wonderland Trail at about the 17-mile mark, you've got your longest climb of the trail in front of you. I did take the time to stop and cross the fun bridge over Carbon Creek and see the incredible Carbon glacier. I also stopped at Dick's Creek campground and took a nap for almost an hour to recharge for the final couple of miles of steep climb to get to Mystic Camp. Mystic Lake is really lovely and I even saw a guy fishing there in the evening. Day 3 saw me up early and on the trail before 7am. I was happy I had made the climb up to Mystic Camp because it meant I was downhill to start my last day and it gave me a chance to ease my way into the last 9 miles of my trip. The last climb of the trip starts at about 24.5 miles and once you get past the first mile, the rest of the climb isn't bad at all. The view upon reaching the top of that last climb are amazing, as Rainier comes back into great view and you spend the rest of the trip hiking on open ridges able to look out for miles and miles. Then you will rejoin the Northern Loop trail and before you know it you are back at Sunrise! As I mentioned before - this trail is basically up or down the entire time, but rewards at the end of those climbs and descents are worth the work. Rainier, when it view, is an incredible sight and difficult to comprehend just how massive it really is. Would definitely recommend!!

View user's profile page
Scott Crosser reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 20, 2020
Hiking

0

View Scott's Recording
View user's profile page
Sarah F reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 16, 2020
BackpackingFeeGreat!Snow
View user's profile page
Matt M reviewed Alpine Lakes High Route
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 15, 2020
BackpackingBugs

Horrendous swarms of mosquitoes. Bring LOTS of deet.

View Matt's Recording
View user's profile page
Cheryl Ri reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 12, 2020
Running

AMAZING!!! We trail ran it clockwise in three long days; I'd honestly recommend doing it in 5-10! The terrain, the views of waterfalls, glaciers, high meadows, Mt Rainier herself deserve so much more time and attention. It's an experience that should be savored and not rushed. I plan on doing it again over a much longer span of time or break it up into sections I can savor a week at a time, the right way. Regardless of what sections you do, and how you decide to tackle it, do your research on seasonal changes, terrain, weather, bridge conditions, etc and be prepared and train up for the steep downhills. Lots of water on the route into early August (with some exceptions; not a bad idea to top off whenever you can) so a good water filter will come in handy.

View user's profile page
Chris Schave reviewed Alpine Lakes High Route
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 9, 2020
BackpackingGreat!Over grownRockyScramble

We hiked the loop in the opposite direction and it was about as technical as it gets between the rooty and the rocky climb/decent. We camped at Tank Lakes and it was spectacular. With good weather, you will have great views and plenty of options to camp. The next morning was socked in with fog and everything was wet. The plan was to go up over Iron Cap, but we got off trail and ended up scrambling up a boulder field. The clouds never broke, and we never found the trail to get to the summit. My advice is if you’re going to go the Iron Cap route, make sure you have good weather and check map often. A day trip up to Tank Lakes would be a long hike, but worth it. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve been on and the trail is well marked.

View user's profile page
Vickie Wallace reviewed Mount Rainier Northern Loop Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 4, 2020
Hiking

Yellowstone Cliffs Camp to James Camp. Coming out of Yellowstone Camp and goi g up the switchbacks was wildflower bonanza. Of coarse the cliffs are amazing. Windy Gap is beautiful.

View Vickie's Recording
View user's profile page
Vickie Wallace reviewed Mount Rainier Northern Loop Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 3, 2020
Hiking

Mystic Lake to Yellowstone Camp. Amazing. Killer switchbacks though. They’ll mess with your psyche. Cliffs are amazing.

View Vickie's Recording
View user's profile page
Brett Wilder reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 3, 2020
Hiking

Hiked the Wonderland clockwise starting 7/29 at Sunrise and finished on 8/2. Snow was not an issue for the entire trail, but we did run into a few small manageable patches here and there with the most amount of snow being up near Panhandle gap and the next half mile after. Still no need to really worry there. The next other big mentionable item is the Stevens canyon washout which comes about a half mile before Martha Falls. This is one of the most dangerous sections of any trail I have ever hiked and I really hope that an alternative route is created sometime soon. Anxiety level was probably a 9 out of 10 on this, but we fortunately made it past it. I do feel like this could be a make it or break it part on the trail for those who have fear of heights. A few other notables: -Devils Dream campsite had the worst swarms of mosquitoes known to mankind -For the South Mowich River crossing trekking poles are a necessity as this was probably the sketchiest river crossing we encountered. The crossing had to be made on a number of wet, unstable logs with no railings -Dicks creek crossing was not an issue with just a couple of rock hops to get across

View user's profile page
Jihyun Chung reviewed The Wonderland Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 1, 2020
Hiking
View Jihyun's Recording
Showing results 1 - 20 of 198