Emmons Moraine Trail

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Emmons Moraine Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 902 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

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9 days ago

Hiked the Glacier Basin Trail with a side trip up the Emmon's Moraine on 9-6-19. Started up the trail from White River campground around 7:30am. The weather was cool and cloudy. As we were hiking along the ridgeline on the Emmon's Moraine trail, a rain shower swept down off the mountain and soaked us pretty good. But it wasn't a very cold rain, so it was no real problem.  The last mile of the Glacier Basin Trail is rather strenuous, so if you're looking for an easier and shorter alternative, stick with the Emmon's Moraine trail. The sun started breaking through the clouds around noon and we finished our in-and-out hike at 1:15. The White River campground was packed in the morning, but we encountered very few hikers along the way. Great exercise on a great trail with beautiful scenery!

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20 days ago

An easy hike with great views. It’s worth stopping at on the way to Glacier Basin and even if you don’t like doing rigorous hikes, this is a great trail to go right past the bridge over the river and venture a little further out over large sheets of rocks to simply sit and enjoy.

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over grown
26 days ago

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1 month ago

Loved it! Took my young daughters. Was a challenge for them, especially the narrow ash switchback after the bridge but they handled it like a champ. I was more nervous than they were! Amazing views of the lake and glacier. We didn’t go down to the lake as the trail was “blocked” with a rock wall and we didn’t want to contribute to the erosion. We also stopped at the end of the maintained trail.

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bugs
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washed out
1 month ago

overall this was a nice hike. I recommend stopping at the viewpoints just after you cross the river and climb up to the ridge. According to the maps, the trail continues on for quite a way after this, so we followed the maps. Read on for details... The glacier basin trail is a lovely, easy, and well maintained trail. At just under a mile, you reach a fork, and take a left. From there is is a short walk to a log turnd inti a foot bridge (c9mplete with guard rail) where you cross the inter fork. After that, a few short switchbacks puts you up on the ridge, and there are a couple of viewpoints just after. You get excellent views of the toe of the glacier (it looks like a rock wall due to a debris fall covering it in rocks) and the beautiful, turquoise runoff lake. This is honestly not a bad place to turn back. If you want to continue, a short distance further takes you to a small washout and a sign indicating the end of the maintained trail. Continuing past this, the trail is quite nice for a short while, with a few views of what you have already seen. There are a few sections covered in what I presume is ancient volcanic ash/sand, which feel really nice on bare feet. After this, the trail turns away from the ridge and continues through the forest. The trail is easy to lose at several places along the way. You will come around a bend and reach a spot with a really nice view of the mountain. This is the second spot I would recommend turning around at. Continuing past this, we lost the trail and had to backtrack a short distance a couple of times. Coming to the end of the trail you get a fantastic view of... nothing at all. From there, you can scramble up to the ridge, and get a spectacular view of the same valley you have been looking at for a while. This is where we stopped, as it was getting late and the mosquitoes were getting thick (we started at 5 pm), but it does look like this ridge is easily walkable for at least a short distance towards the mountain, and the view from there would probably be quite nice. Overall a fun adventure, but I don't feel like we would have missed much by stopping at the first viewpoints.

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bugs
1 month ago

Trail in good shape. A nice climb from the Parking lot mostly on a shady trail alongside the river. A number of pretty waterfalls along the way. Don’t miss the one in the elbow of the second switchback on the way up. Cross the river on the log bridge and make the short climb to the Moraine. Great views of Goat rocks Island, little Tahoma, Rainier and the mouth of the Emmons Glacier as well as a turquoise colored tarn. Nice hike when it is a crowded day at Sunrise. Hiked later afternoon and only saw a handful of people. This is easy to moderate based on the steady climb.

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1 month ago

While the first half of this hike wasn’t notable, it has quite the pay-off in the end with incredible views of the glaciers and a bright green lake. Relatively short and easy hike, with steady incline the first half or so.

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2 months ago

I really loved this trail!! Diverse and so beautiful! My most favorite trail this far in the Mount Rainier National Park!

3 months ago

Low effort for big reward. A little bit of everything!

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3 months ago

Only made it ~2 1/2 miles and had to turn around for snow. Ended up going to Edmonds Glacier trail which was really nice.

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Beautiful views of Emmons Glacier, the river, and Mt. Rainier. Was a wonderful surprise trail recommended by one of the rangers when entering the park.

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recorded Glacier Basin Trail

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recorded Recording - Jul 26, 3:32 PM

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