Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Emmons Moraine Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 931 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Running River Views Wildlife No dogs
Description
Waypoints (4)

Please note that as of June 2020 the campground is closed due to COVID-19. 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 turned into a foot bridge (complete with guard rail) where you cross. 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 top 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 ancient volcanic ash/sand, which feels 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 where you may want to turn around. Continuing past this, the trail becomes increasingly difficult to follow. Coming to the end of the trail you get a fantastic view of... well- 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 ridge is easily walkable for at least a short distance towards the mountain. Overall a fun adventure, but don't feel like you will miss much by stopping at the first viewpoints.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (112)
Photos (362)
Recordings (79)
Completed (239)
View user's profile page
Gabrielle Sasse
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 15, 2020
Bird Watching

9/11- gorgeous little trail- take it over the bridge and go rightwards to the ridge for good views on both sides of the valley, then take it back left to go down to the lake. Nice side trial if you are doing the Glacier Basin trail but don’t expect SUPER amazing things from just this trail. A few late wildflowers and some adorable waterfalls

View user's profile page
AllTrails User
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 3, 2020
Walking
View AllTrails's Recording
View user's profile page
Brian Stroh
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 24, 2020
Hiking

Trail eroded out around 1.7 miles, the views aren’t much better after this point. Great experience for little effort.

View Brian's Recording
View user's profile page
ryan guerin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 23, 2020
Hiking
View ryan's Recording
View user's profile page
Vivi Camarillo
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 10, 2020
HikingWashed out

That trail is rocky And it got destroy ...

View user's profile page
Jasmine Arce
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 9, 2020
Hiking

The path has collapsed so ends before reaching destination.

View Jasmine's Recording
View user's profile page
Charissa Peterson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 7, 2020
Hiking

Weather was great and the hike was awesome. Soon after leaving the maintained trail it became a bit harder to find here and there. We had wanted to go up the backside of the ridge to overlook Glacier Basin but had a late start and had to do a little looking for the tail. We eventually found it but had to head back because of time. We did see trees over that trail going up.

View Charissa's Recording
View user's profile page
Ren Aboca
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 29, 2020
HikingRocky

7/26 We got there around 9, parking was full, but its because its also a campsite. When we got to the trail there weren’t that many people. Most of them wore mask. The trail was easy, but it was rocky. Park of the trail isn’t covered so it was hot. Other than that, the view was beautiful. Go early! On our way out, there were alot of cars coming in.

View user's profile page
Whitney Lumsden
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 24, 2020
Hiking

Was out on a Thursday- had the trail completely to ourselves. Directly after the log bridge and up the rocky switch backs to the ridge, look left- the lake is directly there. To access the lake, use the trail to the left as soon as you get to the ridge. Trail is a bit hard to find and very sandy and unstable so be careful.

View user's profile page
Erin Thompson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 23, 2020
HikingBugsGreat!

This trail is awesome!! the trail itself is beautiful and well maintained and there is a lot to see. Waterfalls, lake, glacier and mountain view, river...so beautiful all the way through. Only saw about 25-30 other people the whole hike (on a Wednesday afternoon) and most (80% ish) were masked. There is a section of the trail that is very narrow so at least bringing mask is a good idea

View user's profile page
Gretchen Caldwell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 23, 2020
Hiking

Made it to the end with no issues. A few places that you need to push between bushes, but the trail remains obvious as grey rocks. Saw fresh bear scat literally on the trail on the unimproved section. Took about 3.5 hours, including lots of pictures, and a side excursion up an old logging trail with tons of blowdowns at the point where the trail "ends" on the GPS. Stopped by the blue lake and enjoyed the amazing views, sat on rocks at the eater's edge. Had the trailmostly to ourselves with a 6:40a start. Lots of people heading in at 10:30a. Most without masks. :( Awesome easy hike after 2 days of long strenuous hikes. Perfect finish to our visit. :)

View Gretchen's Recording
View user's profile page
Inna Burdeyna
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 19, 2020
HikingBugsRocky
View Inna's Recording
View user's profile page
Richard Wu
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 15, 2020
HikingBugsOver grownWashed out

The hike was great. You hike in the woods in the beginning and once crossed the tree trunk bridge, it’s mostly exposed in the sun. We did not reach the end as marked on the map because there was not maintained and trees were so dense. It’s hard to find the trail about 2 miles in, 700 feet elevation gain. There were flies but not too bad.

View Richard's Recording
View user's profile page
Juan Donosa
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 15, 2020
HikingBugs
View Juan 's Recording
View user's profile page
Lacey Seals
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 15, 2020
HikingRocky

Beautiful trail. The first 1/2 mile is a little steep. Not a difficult hike at all. The lake is absolutely gorgeous. We even hiked down and sat on some rocks next to the lake and had lunch. Definitely recommend.

View user's profile page
Kartik Rao
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 14, 2020
HikingOff trail

Excellent trail! Trail conditions are great. Added on Emmons Moraine, worth checking out but do not need to do the whole thing best views are in the first half mile of Emmons Moraine. The portion at the end of glacier basin that is not maintained along the little rocky ridge is definitely a bit sketchy, careful on the way down. Slid down on hands and feet for a bit to avoid slipping. Otherwise excellent adventure!

View Kartik's Recording
View user's profile page
Jesus Marin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 14, 2020
Hiking

My first hike loved it ..

View user's profile page
Samantha S
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 14, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful views of the glacier water and mount Rainier. Bring a mask as the trail is crowded

View user's profile page
becca mdphd
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 12, 2020
Hiking

Tacked this one onto an afternoon following Shriner’s. I actually enjoyed this one more. So much to see! Super interesting geologic phenomena. We turned around at 1.8 mi, as the trail seems to disappear and bushwhacking would be required to continue. Popular trail- bring your mask.

View user's profile page
Charissa Peterson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 11, 2020
HikingBugsFee

Busy day on the trails but beautiful. We went with our 10 and 6 year old boys. We were able to get to the end of the maintained trail for great views of the glaciers.

View Charissa's Recording
View user's profile page
Randi Neff
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 9, 2020
HikingScramble

Completed 6/29 This was a bucket list hike now checked off. Gorgeous day with stunning mountain, river and forest views. Competed it just fine with 3 year old walking entire way, and a 5, 8 and 9 year old too. Hard to tell where trail ends but we clocked going the correct distance according to the app. Can be completed by all skill levels!

View user's profile page
Andrew Ramirez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 9, 2020
HikingRocky
View user's profile page
Meg Nishimori
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 7, 2020
HikingOff trailRocky

We discovered the lake from the Sunrise Rim Trail, and had to check it out! The water is so so beautiful there!

View user's profile page
Michaela Won
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 6, 2020
Hiking

Great views and an amazing alpine lake for not much effort. I would highly recommend this hike!

Showing results 1 - 24 of 112