Grand Park Trail past Lake Eleanor is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carbonado, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from July until October.

Length8.1 miElevation gain1,430 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingWalkingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Please check the park website for current rates.

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Ryan Sellers
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Kari Jones
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Andrea Turner
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Hiked on 10/24. The news was talking about snow around 2000 feet so we expected a lot more at Grand Park with all the precipitation and cold temps in the forecast....but it was pretty minimal and we didn’t throw on spikes or snowshoes. The road up we hit a tiny bit of snow toward the trailhead but nothing major at all. Weather ended up not clearing up for us this time around so no big mountain views but beautiful and quiet none-the-less. Made it further through the meadow than we ever had - thanks to minimal snow. Great day!

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Jimmy Zheng
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wu yi
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Too many bugs

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Lena Owens
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HikingBugsMuddy

Found a lens cap on the trail up at grand park, email me if it’s yours (lenaowe99@gmail.com)! Headed out about 7 am on the trail. Gradual incline up to the lake, then a small descent to a large meadow. The trail steadily climbs after this up to Grand Park. I stepped in to Grand Park around 8:30 am, and only saw six people (two groups) on the way up. The trail is beautiful and views are spectacular. I was pretty much alone in the meadow which I walked through and lingered in for about an hour. On the way down I encountered many groups and duos, at least 60 people. I was back at my car by 11 am. The road is rough and would be easier in a higher clearance car, but doable in a sedan. The trail was also a little muddy in places. The bugs were relentless on the trail, though up at grand park there weren’t many. I still got five bites despite long sleeves and long pants, and a lot of bug spray. Cover up, reapply, and definitely get an early start. Comment if your lens cap was left at Grand Park!!

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Abby June
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Don’t go without mosquitos net hats or sprays. Need high clearance vehicles for the drive up to trailhead, rough.

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Chad Gregorini
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Xingyue Hawkins
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bugs spray, bugs spray, bugs spray.. important things say three times.. hike was great, so many wild flowers. Just ton of bugs. We didn't expect the hike has that many bugs so we didn't perpare bug spray. You definitely couldn't imagine how many mosquitoes bits we had.. I was suffering itches last night so badly.. My whole body are mosquitoes bits.

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Kristopher Graden
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HikingBugsMuddy

While there were bugs, the meadows and Mount Rainier were clear and beautiful. Great Day Hike!

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William Vesneski
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful hike. The trail could use some attention. A couple of cardio patches, but otherwise a pretty mellow hike - lots of ambling in meadows, which are amazing. The view is spectacular. Bring big spray.

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Graham Goodman
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Combined with Berkeley park and fire creek on 3 night 4th of July backpacking trip. Grand Park was the highlight by far. The climb for Lake Eleanor is not trivial, but very doable and the flat trail at the top is amazing. The nights were very cold, but daytime weather was agreeable enough. The views of the mountain are unrivaled in my opinion. There are snow patches all over this area above 4500 ft but nothing terrible and grand park is dry. Still too early for flowers up high, but we were treated to a black bear sighting as well as 3 mountain goats. I hate going back to the same places multiple times when all I really want to do is explore new trails, but this one would be worth repeating in a heartbeat!

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Desiree Binner
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HikingMuddy

My favorite hike thus far in WA. I got lucky with a clear sky once we hit Grand Park. Nice 1 mile section to start that swings right by the lake and you’ll hit another open meadow about 2.5 miles into the hike. We hit some minor snow heading up too on the last 500 ft of elevation, but no extra gear is necessary. Good trail to get some distance for hikers looking to grow into expert level trails. The field up top is stunning and wildflowers will be blooming before you know it. A few hikers saw a bear up top, but we just missed her. Fun hike, challenging for every day hikers, and a big payoff.

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Jimmy Haitch
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FS-7300 (Huckleberry Creek road) has snow, you need 4WD/AWD, gates are open. The trail is covered in snow all the way up and beyond Grand park in MRNP. Lots of fun snow showing, amazing.

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Sharon Potter
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My fav hike thus far this year. Less distance than usual.approach from Sunrise. About 10 miles of gravel road to get to TH, negotiable by car. Grand Park is just a huge, huge meadow with stunning views of Rainier.

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Alex M
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Less well maintained than others in the area, but a relatively easy hike - there are two short steep sections but otherwise you’re strolling through woods and meadows. Once you get to Grand Park, you can decide on a turnaround point and shave as much as a mile off the total distance if pressed for time, or go right at the end of the Lake Eleanor trail and get to a bonus viewpoint in half a mile. The forest service road is in excellent shape, but there’s a section of a mile or so going up the mountain that’s a little rough and steep. It’s manageable in a Prius, but it isn’t something I’d do for fun. I also saw the mama bear and cub, and others mentioned a third bear in that group. They paid me little attention. I also saw a whole bunch of bees, which is nice for the flowers but something to be aware of. If you’re allergic, take your epi-pen!

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Jason Bonito
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Fantastic day for a walk up to grand park. The mountain and it’s friends were out in all their glory. Wilde flowers starting to pop in the lower meadow, but the park itself is still pretty bare.

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Jason Bonito
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Great hike but not good if you are not ready for a concentrated climb

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Josh Ledford
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Amazing meadow and Rainier towers in front of you with no obstructions.

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Caroline St
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Really beautiful hike! Plenty of wildflowers still out. TONS of bugs though, and the flies seemed quite resistant to bug spray. Wore picaridin which normally works but we were still swarmed with mosquitos and giant flies so beware of those.

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Benjamin Parker
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HikingBugsMuddy

The trail starts out a bit muddy but once you reach the lake, you are done with the mud. Bugs are a problem, especially during the climb after the first meadow on up to Grand Park. All that is nothing compared to to incredible openness and views of Grand Park (also, a slight breeze chases off most of the mosquitoes). Mt Rainier looms over the immense, nearly flat plain of the park. When you reach the junction with the Northern Loop Trail, it's worth the time and extra half mile to take a right and hike to the viewpoint. From that view, you can look straight down on the West Fork White River and follow it back up the to Winthrop Glacier and Mt Rainier.

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Vicki Bender
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful view of Mount Rainier. Little mud in places. Definitely need mosquito repower. But the view is spectacular of Mount Rainier

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