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Glacier Basin Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 2,194 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Skiing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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A steadily up-hill climb below Rainier's amazing glaciers that starts from White River campground.

There is a huge parking lot at the White River campground, and bathrooms galore. If you'd like to hike this trail, make sure to head WEST (South or North will put you on the Wonderland trail). There's a Mt. Rainier Entrance Fee.

White River Wilderness Information Center Tel: 360.663.2273

From Enumclaw, S on Highway 410. 36.2 miles past mile marker 26 turn Right on Sunrise Rd for 5.3 miles. Left toward White River Campground for 1.5 miles through the campgrounds to the parking area on the left side of the road, the trailhead is located east on the campground road through Loop D

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Jack Mowreader
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Jake N Kristin Pool
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Hiking

Glacier lilies partially blooming still past glacier Basin camp. Hike to st. Elmo pass for great views!

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Rod Emmons
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HikingBugs

Great morning. We saw more wildlife than human beings! Trail was in great shape. Two small patches of snow were across the trail just before heading into Glacier Basin Camp. We got sidetracked off the trail following a herd of mountain goats for about an hour. We got back on track after a while. Sun came out and had gorgeous views. Went back down the trail and followed Emmons Moraine trail until we came across very fresh bear scat and decided to head back home! I had an absolute blast with my son. The best way to spend a summer morning. Keep on trekking!

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Annilee Hosford
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Oh my gosh- just hiked this today with my two sons 8 & 11. It was incredible. Checked every box - beautiful trail - beautiful views - just don’t forget bug spray . 2 miles in is swarming with mosquitoes- I couldn’t even count how many I killed and they still ate us alive- worth it , I say but my sons may not agree lol

Juls M.
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Hiking

Love this hike!!!!

Justin Luthey
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100% snow free. Nps website was outdated. Poles and crampons not needed at all. Few good views along with the way and some waterfalls. Went up to Burrough for 1.1 miles but turned back. Views were better there imo.

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Jessica Hudak
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Mickey Toth
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This was nice. Views were pretty underwhelming until about the final half mile at which point you feel like you’re in Lord of the Rings. You don’t need any special equipment for this; there is snow but it’s not bad. Conditions are great for a hike up to Mt. Ruth if you’re looking to extend your hike; just be sure to bring crampons and an ice axe

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Sarah Clarke
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I was on this hike 6/28/ 20 and I meant to hit the Burroughs trail, but stumbled upon Glacier Basin. The hike was absolutely beautiful with gorgeous flowers and small waterfalls along the way to the top. There was snow about 3/4 of the way up but nothing my hiking boots couldn't handle. Poles would be helpful especially when it comes to the snowy parts, but I followed other boot tracks. When you pass the campsite the view is phenomenal. Didn't expect such a beautiful view of the Basin. it was a little cloudy, but the sun broke through and the glacier wasn't shy. If you keep on the trail there are Marmots and its gets really rocky and muddy on a rainy day so be careful. Such a great experience though. 11/10 recommended.

Mesha P.
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked the trail today. The upper half of the trail still had some snow, but nothing our hiking boots couldn’t handle. The hike up was a little tough but definitely doable! Had lunch next to the lake, it was absolutely gorgeous! One of my favorite hikes this year! Hardly any bugs!

Amanda Jones
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Hiking

Awesome trail! Uphill the whole way but totally worth the steady climb. On the way back, we started up the path toward Sunrise Visitors center but got turned back by a steep snow field that would have been a nasty slide if slipped. The views near the top were amazing!! What a wonderful day hike.

IronBoots Clodstomper
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Arrived at 7:45am and the main parking lot was only 1/3 full, but of course it was a Thursday! While the weather was overcast it didn’t take long to clear up, and let the sun shine through. The trailhead starts at the end of the White River Campground and is mostly a slow easy grade uphill, and wide enough you can ”social distance”, passing one another without to much trouble. As you pass small waterfalls that sometimes cross the trail, you’ll see plenty of wildflowers, all which are starting to bloom; this should be quite a show along the trail in a week or so! And if your planning on going up to the Burroughs, and possibly to Sunrise, keep in mind its strenuous, the turnoff for this trail starts when your almost at the basin and the snow level begins here ( but if your going to Glacier Basin you’ll only encounter some intermittent patches just before the basin). Once in the basin take your pick to look from. Views of the lake surrounded by glacier lilies, Ice melting forming water falls, marmots running from place to place, or the peak of Little Tahoma. And don’t forget a side trip to Emmons Morraine Glacier!

AllTrails User
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HikingBugsGreat!Snow

Left Seattle at 7a after dropping off the dog and arrived at the White River parking lot at 9:15a. There were 26 cars there. Made it all the way to the campground without needing spikes but there is some snow over the trail at places but easy to walk over. Bugs were not too bad, but I would lather up before heading out. 3 groups carrying skies, a bunch heading out to camp and a few families with kids and some groups of young people. Most everyone was wearing masks! The road to Sunrise was closed when we arrived and open when we left so we drove on up to the top. Looks like some of the trails might be hikeable. The flowers were out. Beautiful. Fields of Glacier Lillys.

SaiPriya Subramanian
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Very well maintained trail. No bugs as long as you keep moving. Amazing view at the top. Carry cliff bars and waterproof hiking shoes a must.

Jeff T
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Hiking

Awesome, well maintained trail. Small amount of snow and mud for the last mile but not bad. The view at the top is spectacular. Light incline. What amazing trail.

Colleen Pfeilschiefter
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Mix of shaded woods and sunny meadows, lots of waterfalls, beautiful views. Some snow and mud on upper portion but no spikes needed, just hiking shoes/boots and poles. Some mosquitoes near upper end of trail but not bad. Saw marmots around campground and mountain goats up on the ridge. Wasn’t too crowded and most people masked and courteous.

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William Frederick
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Hiking

Completed this trail 6/22/20. Arrived to the trailhead around 830am, only passed 2 groups of skiers on the way up. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the trail was in great condition. There is snow for roughly the last 1.5 miles of trail, mostly packed.. easy to walk on. Post-holed a few times in the exposed areas in the basin but what do you expect with these summer temperatures. Recommend boots and hiking poles, nothing else is necessary. Beautiful views.. saw marmots and 7 mountain goats. Highly recommend.

Chris McNulty
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Cross Country SkiingSnow

Exquisite views throughout! Breathtaking views of the glacier. Snow starts on trail about 15 min before the campground.

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Jesus Marin
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Una ruta muy hermosa un poco cansada pero vale la pena .

Sarah Gestring
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Snow about 2/3 of the way to glacier basin, doable with just a good pair of hiking boots. Beautiful views of white river and several small water falls along the way.

Dane Gainey
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I was able to access the trail with the opening of the White River Campground this week. It was partly cloudy for most the hike but opened up and got several nice minutes of the mountain. I didn’t go to the end of the trail but took the trail down to the river and crossed over to get a view of the mountain and the aquamarine lake. A great outing

Shreya Srivastava
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Laurie McQuay-Peninger
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What a beautiful hike! We hiked it yesterday October 26, 2019. Great trail even with snow! We did not have spikes with us but did not need them. (We were carrying poles though.) I think the road to White River Campground closes this week but I highly recommend this hike. We went as far as the backpackers campground, which is a great place to turn around. It snowed on us all the way out. Amazing!

Gerry Swartz
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