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Korbyn Koerner reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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HikingGreat!Snow

Spikes or traction are needed. I used yaktraks and only fell through the snow a few times. I went with the intention of hiking the Skyline loop trail but due to avalanches the road was closed. I ended up hiking this trail instead and LOVED it. The views were amazing and the snow falling looked like it was from the movies. Hiked to the river and then all the way to Carter Falls. The falls were pretty but from the river to them is all incline so it was a lot of work. The best part was the river and the views from there.

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Justin McNabb reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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HikingIcySnow

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

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Bill & Darcel Esser reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Very nice trail. One tree over the trail just passed cougar campground.

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Leo Roberts reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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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?

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michael barto reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Cut short due to multiple bridges out.

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Lena Ann reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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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.

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Curtiss Notch reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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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!

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Scott Crosser reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Sarah F reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Cheryl Ri reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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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.

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Brett Wilder reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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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

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Jihyun Chung reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Kate Brouns reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Chris Coulter reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Completed 7/10/20 to 7/15/20. Departed from Carbon River Trail which adds 10 miles round trip. Some form of GPS is a MUST due to the vast amounts of snow on parts of the trail. (We used the Guthook app, which is fantastic and I would highly recommend). Day 1: Carbon River TH to Dick's Creek. Only obstacle was the crossing at the river but we were able to scoot across without too much difficulty and we assessed the risk/danger as minimal. I've read comments about the creek crossing into camp and did not find this to be difficult at all. If you don't care about wet feet the crossing is even more simple here. Don't worry about this crossing--you can make it! Day 2: Dick's Creek to White River. We encountered a bit of snow up towards Mystic Lake and did need to utilize the GPS a few times for route finding in the early morning hours but nothing too difficult. The trail was mostly snow free and in good shape until the Sunrise area. Snow travel here was easy but the snow was soft and messy. Once down near the Sunrise campground it was snow free. The rest of the trail to White River was in great shape. We picked up our 1st food cache here. Enjoy the amenities of running water and flushing toilets at White River. Day 3: White River to Nickel Creek. Travel up to Summerland was easy and great. Once above Summerland the snow begins but is easy travel all the way up to Panhandle Gap. The traverse over the gap can be intimidating but there was solid boot-pack on the snow. We did put on spikes here for the added comfort and stability. Once over the gap we were in soft, messy snow all the way down into Indian Bar. This stretch was very slow going and I suspect it will be several weeks before this actually melts out enough to easily travel this section. Once down in Indian Bar the snow is mostly cleared. Climbing out of Indian Bar towards Nickel Creek was a mess! Lots of referencing GPS here for route finding. Day 4: Nickel Creek to Devil's Dream. No snow to deal with on this day! The only sketchy section was the washout in Steven's Canyon, which definitely gets the blood pumping. We took a break at Longmire to pick up our 2nd food cache and also got some takeout food from inn (overpriced and not worth the time). The trail up to Devil's Dream was in good shape. Upon arriving at Devil's Dream there were patches of snow but mostly snow free. Day 5: Devil's Dream to Golden Lakes. Snow begins immediately upon leaving camp and persists until you begin your decent down to South Puyallup. GPS wasn't as essential here as we were able to follow existing boot tracks. The trail is good until you reach the Klapatche Park area. There is one section that requires a bit finesse to pass. We met and heard of other hikers that turned back/aborted there trip due to this crossing. The snow is very soft and micro spikes are not going to help. If you have any snow travel or mountaineering experience this will help you and you will be able to make this crossing. If you were to slip/fall here you will take a bit of a ride but it's not a fatal fall area. There are small patches of trees that you can use to your advantage--you just need to aim for these trees and this will reduce your risk/exposure for a fall. Once clear of this area we were still in full-on snow for a long stretch. Klapatche camp is completely buried in snow--hard to believe it was mid-July. GPS is needed after leaving the camp as we were not on the official trail, rather traveling direct down snow shoots between trees. Snow persisted a fair way down to North Puyallup. Climbing up towards Golden Lakes there are large section and patches of snow all the way towards the camp. Camp sites 4 and 5 are great--site 5 is amazing with views of the Olympics and great evening sun. Day 6: Golden Lakes to Carbon River. Snow travel out of camp for a fair bit until dropping down towards South Mowich. Trail is in good shape all the way up to Mowich Lake. Once at Mowich Lake, it is buried in snow! unbelievable how much snow is still here! The rest of the way down to Ipsut Creek was in good shape and easy going. I wore Altra Timp 1.5 and my wife wore Altra Lone Peak 4 the entire time

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Cody DeLaney reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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I did the Wonderland in the first week of October, 2019. Some days were very wet but a poncho sufficed. I did a counter clockwise loop starting from Longmire. I took 7 days, which seemed perfect. I moved at a comfortable pace throughout the hike and never felt rushed. There weren’t many other people in the isolated areas, which was nice. Most camps we had to ourselves. We saw 6 bears in Spray Park, in addition to a lot of cool wildlife sightings and mushroom spotting. Early October is a gamble on the weather but it definitely paid off for me!

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Linda Fontanilla reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Hey y’all. Just came back from an attempt at the Wonderland Trail. Start: Longmire (June 28th) With a stay at South Puyallup River Stop: Klapatche Park (June 29th) Had to end the trip early because 1.) the snow levels & melt were high and melting fairly quick (pretty slushy by 10am), 2.) virtually no one out there (I prefer knowing more people are on the trail), 3.) it was taking longer than expected, 4.) overall felt unsafe approaching the North Side of the mountain My friend and I had both summitted Mount Rainier and have some mountaineering experience. If you are considering going within the next week (Or 2) and don’t have mountaineering experience, I strongly discourage attempting. In fact, unless the snow fields are completely melted, I strongly discourage attempting. There are now three people missing in MRNP. Devil’s Dream to about a mile past Indian Henry was covered in snow. Emerald Ridge was brutal (it didn’t help that it was hailing when we were on this ridge) Emerald Ridge to South Puyallup River, we were very dependent on GPS navigation (lost the trail about 15 minutes after trying to follow footprints in the snow) South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park took about 4.5 hours, most of this trip was covered in snow And was very GPS dependent (this is 4.7 miles with a section Traversing a very steep snow field with ice axe and microspikes). Consider boots (my feet were soaked) Prior to the trip, I planned different “contingency plans” in case the trail was treacherous (and it was) and opted for the Klapatche Park/ St Andrews trail to Westside Road as a way out (about an additional 11 miles). Was able to coordinate via InReach a ride back to Longmire. Also, in case you were wondering, yes there are still mosquitos.

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Christina Markin reviewed The Wonderland Trail
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Visited here Monday 2/3/2020 to snowshoe near Longmire, also have visited multiple times to hike last summer 2019 and previous years as a sightseer. This park gets very busy in the peak season (summer months), but can be very peaceful before 10am any day of the week in fall, winter and spring. The gates (near Longmire Museum) to Paradise after the park entrance are closed in the winter until 8am. In the winter Longmire bathrooms are closed, but there are porta potties and bathrooms near the road side of the Longmire Inn. A bit slippery in the early am walking on the road w/out traction. Big parking area. Handicap accessible and good for young children at longmire. No other Vehicles in the lot when we arrived at 6:30am, just the snow plows. There was snow on the road early in the am from before Ashford, WA to Longmire, on the way out around 2pm after it snowed all day there was snow on the roadway in the park till maybe right before Ashford, WA. Make sure you carry traction for your car when traveling here in the winter... I saw the back end of a Jeep fishtale around a curve. We snowshoed the Wonderland trail from Longmire Museum to the bridge to Carter Falls and had a break at the bridge. There are a lot of blow downs on the trail, streams on trail and a few parts of the trail have no snow. One bridge crossing with blowdowns on the bridge. We saw snowshoes, micros and one person with no traction all on the way out. 8 people total were seen on trail after 10am. This portion is 4 miles with 437ft elevation gain. There are also a lot of deep postholes on the trail.

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