hiking

views

wild flowers

forest

walking

nature trips

birding

wildlife

kid friendly

no dogs

lake

waterfall

river

trail running

camping

snowshoeing

mountain biking

backpacking

rock climbing

skiing

snowboarding

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.

I'm surprised this one is rated hard. I thought it was moderate.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail with enough viewpoints along the way to keep you interested until you get to the main attraction (the ridge at Spray Park). It gets pretty strenuous as most of the elevation gain is in a short distance just before the ridge but it's worth it for the views. One of my favorite hikes so far.

Amazing! maybe the prettiest trek we have done. For reference, we have been through Jasper, Banff, Glacier, etc...

Add it to your must do list.

Pretty, nice hike. steep in spots, but overall easy hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Just did this hike with a few friends yesterday, great hike!! Although our legs were dead by the end of the hike it has some really great views. A lot of inclines so be ready for that, wear good hiking shoes that can withstand stepping on sharp rocks. Although it was a long way up it was definitely worth it.

Is there anything this trail doesn't have? It was outstanding!!! We started the trail counter clockwise which I guess is considered the "wrong way" but it was just absolutely beautiful. Lots of wildflowers and wildlife. Views of Mt Rainier as well as Mt Adams and the surroundings valley. We took our time on the loop as there were so many picture opportunities!!! The PCT side still has a lot of snow. Highly recommend good traction shoes as well as poles for stability. Most of the snow is packed down but it's still melting obviously so just be wary. Great places to stop for lunch on this loop. I do think going clockwise would be the most impressive heading towards Rainier but either way is stunning.

It was awesome! Has a beautiful up coming to the main waterfall and has opportunities to swim as well! Besides the main trail you can venture to little ones where you can find yourself closer to the big waterfall or to swimming parts!

Beautiful waterfall! Gets pretty steep in some parts

Great hike for beginners! Recommend for anyone! And the views are great!

hiking
2 days ago

There are several ways to access this falls... and it's beautiful!

Very difficult trail with the immense amount of lava rocks that have to be navigated and steep grades along the way. Need to have good hiking shoes, wear layers of clothing as it can quickly transition from good to inclement weather. Amazing views from multiple points along the way.

Great little hike!!

Wow! Surrounded by beautiful green tree covered mountains. Hike follows along a river much of the way. Amazing waterfall views. Even able to get close enough to get wet from all the mist. So fun!