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Grand Park Trail past Lake Eleanor

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Mount Rainier National Park

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, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,430 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

no dogs

hiking
blowdown
snow
6 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
no shade
10 months ago

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!

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

Very nice hike. One Little mud scramble and a few extra bugs but bring Your “off” & pick a clear day You will have a nice time...

hiking
Sat Jun 22 2019

Beautiful, day was nice and sunny. Rainier was in full view.

hiking
muddy
snow
Mon Jun 17 2019

Hiked today, overall pretty good condition. If you’re going, you may want to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy/ or wet. One portion of the trail before the lake, and another portion in the first meadow are pretty mushy with all the snow melting. As you get near the top toward Grand Park (second meadow), there are some patches of snow that make climbing and following the trail a little more difficult, but still accessible. The flowers in the meadows are also starting to show.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
snow
Mon Jun 03 2019

Few snow patches along trail to the first meadow and sections of muddy swamps from recent snow melt. Poles were helpful as the snow is getting pretty soft. Snow field a little after the first meadow, lost the trail and post-holed from the start of the snow field so decided to turn around. Snow is melting fairly quick due to low snow levels this year.

snowshoeing
Sun Dec 09 2018

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...

Wed Sep 26 2018

Favorite hike

walking
Tue Aug 21 2018

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
Tue Aug 07 2018

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

Mon Jul 30 2018

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
Mon Jul 09 2018

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
Wed Jul 04 2018

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!

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