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Best trails in Mount Rainier National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington? AllTrails has 144 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 63 moderate trails in Mount Rainier National Park ranging from 0.6 to 18.9 miles and from 1,755 to 7,828 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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. Fees: Mount Rainier Annual Pass - $55 Grants unlimited entry for one year to pass owner and passengers in the same car Mount Rainier Single Vehicle Fee - $30 Grants unlimited entry for one vehicle and passengers for seven consecutive days. Vehicle must be private, noncommercial, and with a seating capacity of 15 or less Mount Rainier "Per Person" Fee - $15 Walk-up or single bicycle fee Grants unlimited entry for seven consecutive days Mount Rainier Motorcycle Fee - $25 Grants unlimited entry for one motorcycle and passenger for seven consecutive days Campground Fees - $20 Per site, nightly Campground Fees - Groups - $60 Groups sites, nightly Accommodates 25 to 40 people Accessibility: The Interagency Access Pass for free or discounted admission for US Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities is accepted here. The Jackson Visitor Center and Sunrise Visitor Center (summer only) are wheelchair/mobility equipment/stroller accessible and have accessible bathrooms. The theater and dining room at the Jackson Visitor Center are also wheelchair accessible. The hallways in the Longmire Museum may be too narrow for wheelchairs. The park history and exhibit films at the Visitor centers include closed-captions. Assistive listening devices are available for loan at the front desk. Wheelchairs are available for short-term loan for use inside the Visitor Center. The park brochures are available in several formats including audio and braille. There are wheelchair accessible rooms at the Paradise Inn and National Park Inn at Longmire. They also have wheelchair accessible dining rooms. The Paradise, Kautz Creek, Ohanapecosh, Cougar Rock, White River, Mowich Lake, and Stevens Canyon Picnic Areas have wheelchair accessible picnic tables and accessible restrooms close by. There are two wheelchair-accessible campsites at the Ohanapecosh Campground and four at the Cougar Rock Campground. Service animals must be on-leash throughout the park. For more information about accessible facilities and trails in the park, visit https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Mount Rainier National Park
Park information
Acreage:
236,381 acres
Contact
360-569-6600
Top trails (144)
#1 - Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
Note: This route is on the more difficult end of the moderate rating. Spikes and poles highly recommended in snow conditions. Check road conditions before heading out to the trailhead. Trail loops around broad Edith Creek basin, leading through alpine flower meadows, past thundering waterfalls, and over high, craggy peaks. In this one loop you'll experience the best paradise region has to offer. Users recommend going clockwise.Show more
#2 - Tolmie Peak Trail
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
NOTES: The road leading to the trailhead closes seasonally due to snow. If the road is closed, it is a 5-mile walk to the trailhead. For current road status, please see https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/road-status.htm It is recommended to check current trail conditions before heading out to make sure you have the appropriate seasonal equipment. Log footbridges frequently wash out during the winter and the snow can be deep. Tolmie Peak Trail is a beautiful hike past alpine lakes and subalpine meadows to a fire tower lookout with great views of the surrounding peaks and a commanding view of Mount Ranier. The two-story structure houses a lookout station on the upper level and storage at ground level. With an elevation gain of 1000 feet, this lake trail takes hikers up to Eunice Lake, Ipsut Pass - part of the Wonderland Trail, and up to Tolmie Peak Lookout. The trailhead is located on the north side of Mowich lake in historic Mount Rainier National Park just southeast of Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, spawning six major rivers. A National Park Pass is required to access hiking trails in the park.Show more
#3 - Mount Fremont Lookout Trail
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Note: This area is subject to closures due to weather. For updates, please visit https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/road-status.htm. The beginning of the trail started at the ranger station of the sunrise visitor center with grassy meadows full of wildflowers. Towards the end of the trail the landscape was mainly rocks with incredible views of Rainer and surrounding mountains. It is cool being able to experience different landscapes throughout the hike. You need a National Park Pass (7 day pass, Annual Mount Rainier Pass, America the Beatiful pass) to get into Mount Rainier National Park and do this trail. You may purchase it at the entrance or online (just be sure to print it out and bring it with you!)Show more
#4 - Naches Peak Loop Trail
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
NOTE: Always check current trail conditions before heading out. Log footbridges frequently wash out during the winter or other conditions could be affecting the trail. Park at Tipsoo Lake, .5 mile west of Chinook Pass on SR 410. For a clockwise hike of the Naches Peak Loop Trail, follow the trail from the picnic area to Chinook Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail.Show more
#5 - Comet and Christine Falls
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Moderate to difficult hike with steep and rocky portions leading to gorgeous waterfall views. There are parts that are a bit of a grind. Poles are a good thing for getting back down if you have bad knees. Show more
#6 - Burroughs Mountain Loop Trail
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
#7 - Myrtle Falls Viewpoint via Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
Myrtle Falls can be accessed from the Paradise parking area via the Skyline Trail or Golden Gate Trail. Accessibility: This trail is paved, smooth, and mostly gentle with an estimated grade of 5% or less except for a side trail that goes to a viewpoint. It is typically at least four feet wide. The steepest grade is between 0.3 and 0.4 miles where it is above 12%. There is a boardwalk viewing platform that crosses over the top of the Falls. There is a staircase near the Falls.Show more
#8 - Camp Muir Route via Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 6 h 30 m
An extreme dayhike to Muir, the primary base camp for summit expeditions.Show more
#9 - Panorama Point from Paradise Inn
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
Want to get a small taste of Mt Rainier Mountainering easily done in just a few hours (perhaps even finish before breakfast)? Follow this route from Paradise Inn up to Panorama Point on the slopes of Mt Rainier.Show more
#10 - Silver Falls Trail
Mount Rainier National Park
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Note: As of December 2020, the Ohanapecosh Campground and road is closed due to COVID-19. This adds approximately 1.3 miles each way to this hike. Please see the park service page for updates here - https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/ohanapecosh.htmShow more
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