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

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,430 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

snowshoeing
1 day ago

This was our first winter hike and snowshoe and it was simply perfect!! The forest road up was snow covered on the upper half but super driveable in my Honda Pilot. We were surprised to find the trail so easy to follow even though it was covered with snow the whole way. Lake Eleanor was completely frozen and snowed over. We made it about 4 miles in and picnicked up in the amazing meadow although Rainier didn’t uncloak until a few hours later after we were gone - simply gorgeous nonetheless. Passed two backcountry skiers on the way down. Hoping they maybe saw Rainier. Such a wonderful combination of forest, lake, meadow. Cannot wait to contrast this hike in the summertime. I am envisioning the fields of flowers...

2 months ago

Favorite hike

walking
3 months ago

This was a great time. A hidden gem amongst hikes. Started early to beat the heat and all I can say is it was perfect. A great combination of shade and open space along with variation of grades makes this hike not only a good workout but a beautiful one. When you make the top your rewarded with a fantastic view. As you get to the T go west for .4 miles, its worth the view. Bring bug spray! Those little masqito bastards will enjoy the salty snack your sure to create. Enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was beautiful!! Lots of flowers, little frogs butterflies. Majestic view of Mt. Rainer. One of my favorites!

4 months ago

This was a perfect day hike! Once you finish the trail it splits off into a few other trails if you feel like going further. There was a good amount of people but definitely not heavily trafficked. The bugs are vicious right now though so make sure you pack your sprays!

hiking
5 months ago

This was a delightful hike; did it on a Sunday and it was not very busy. We took a right at the end on the wonderland trail for about .25 miles for an amazing close up of Mt. Rainier. There is still some muddy spots in the first mile of the trail. Flowers are blooming. Managed the full hike with a group of 12 hikers at various competency levels.

hiking
5 months ago

Busy hike for Fourth of July, but the views are worth it! The road in is in pretty good shape, the first mile is by far the worst, pot hole wise. No snow on the road at all.

The first mile up to lake Eleanor is pretty muddy, with a couple trees that have fallen across the main trail.

Wildlife wise, the bugs were out in force. My group didn’t see any bears, but multiple other groups reported seeing one or two bears across the trail.

The wild flowers in the upper meadow are just starting to bloom and will be in full bloom in around a week!

hiking
5 months ago

This hike is a hidden gem for sure; I recommend any and everyone to check it out at least once to get a true sense of Washington's beauty. About 1 mile-1.5 miles from the trailhead, which starts on the side of the road and is easy to miss, you'll reach Lake Eleanor which is a dope little alpine lake with awesome green/blue coloration. From there you hike up to the first meadow which is super beautiful and breathtaking with tons of flowers, a pond, and Mt Rainier poking out above the trees. From there you keep pushing a little uphill through some intermittent snowfields but they are easy to navigate. You finally arrive at the huge meadow area where Mt Rainier can be seen as you wind through the area for a solid 30-45 minutes. This is a really awesome hike with an almost nonexistant difficulty level for the rewarding views you are treated with.

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous. Go in the back way.

6 months ago

Still a lot of snow near the parking for Lake Eleanor. Last 1/2 mile you cannot drive too much snow.

11 months ago

Incredible. Just go.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Beautiful hike. The dirt road to the trail head is pretty dusty but well groomed. There is plenty of parking at the trail head. Trail starts off in the trees and ends up cresting into lake Eleanor. Past the lake you enter the bug zone. More biting flies than mosquitos. After a nice uphill you end up in the meadow, biggest one in Rainier National Park. Views are awesome and the flowers are incredible.

hiking
Sunday, February 09, 2014

I took my Scout troop on this hike on a beautiful August weekend in 2012. The trail from Sunrise to Lake Elanor is a relatively long out and back with the return trip uphill the whole way. As discussed in other posts there is a shorter way in. However you miss the majestic views of Mt Rainier's Grand Park if you go that route.

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