Mount Rainier Eastside Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Length7.2 miElevation gain603 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo 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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Penny Yates Baker
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Hiking

Ok trail. Nothing much except 1 large falls. It was beautiful but probably won’t do again.

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Mary Campbell
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HikingGreat!

I would rate this trail as easy, with a few moderate patches. The waterfall at the 4.0 mile mark was stunningly beautiful - the section above the bridge just as lovely as the section below (but very different).

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Tim O'Hagan
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HikingGreat!

The trail was in very good shape. Foliage was thick but that was helpful in blocking the sun. It also helps to keep down the dust. The small and larger falls were beautiful. The mileage seemed about right from where we started (trailhead just inside the park entrance booth). I would rate the trail as more easy than moderate. One big surprise was that there was little trash on the trail and almost all fellow hikers wore masks. A definite do again.

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Mike Buse
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Not really sure where the end is, we turned around at a bridge with some awesome rushing water underneath. That was exactly 4 miles, total shows 7.9 on my app, approximately 3 hours total.

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Terry Kneblik
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HikingFeeGreat!

Hiked one way from Owyhigh Trailhead to Ohanapecosh. We parked a car at Ohanapecosh Campground and drove a car to the trailhead. Parking at the trailhead is sparse and there were already 4 cars there at 9:15 a.m. Beautiful trees, waterfalls, creeks, and rivers. I will definitely hike this route again.

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Bob Kalmbach
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BackpackingGreat!Over grown

nice hike through the woods. waterfall was well worth the trip.

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Christy Cormier
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This trail was very nice. The trail is a bit overgrown and lots of bugs. There are a few little falls on the way to the big one. The final falls is breathtaking. We added on the grove of patriarchs and it was well worth it. Be sure to get their early. Sooooo many people when we left and 90% did not have masks and physical distancing was non-existant. Kinda creepy. That is how parks close down.

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Michael Webb
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Quiet walk with the family. Trail is well maintained in late July. Waterfalls were very nice.

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Heather Tolbert
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I love this trail. It follows the river so it has a beautiful soundtrack of water for most of the hike. There are waterfalls every couple miles. The trail itself is mostly well maintained. There is a bit of a flowing water wash out so I wasn't able to finish it because I wasn't wearing the correct shoes.

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Sam McCoy
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we saw very few people on this great trail. The blowouts have been cleared out and the bridge has been repaired. All is good!

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Katrina Sybouts
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HikingWashed out

Really great trail! You might have to climb over and under some fallen trees but it is worth it. Also note that part of the trail is washed out by a wide river. *bring water shoes*

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Keith Kline
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown
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Scott Wonderly
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HikingBlowdown

My girlfriend and I decided to come down here on a rainy Sunday to catch it without crowds. The trail was a lovely walk through the woods, and in my opinion the kind of trail that is actually prettier when raining. The best views of the river were at the beginning, but the falls at the Ohanapecosh River (about 4 miles in) were really cool. The downed trees don't pose too much of a problem in my opinion. We only saw a few groups on this trail, but the first quarter mile of trail is shared with the popular Grove of the Patriarchs trail. I regret adding that trail on as it is mostly families who don't social distance and let their kids and dogs (who aren't allowed on trails to begin with) climb over the fences next to the "dont climb fence" signs. Covid 19 - Barely anybody with masks. Given that Yakima is the closest city, I imagine quite a few of the folks I saw were from there. This seems problematic since that county has 4x the infection rate as King county, and easily worst in Washington. Anyone worried about Covid should probably just avoid this part of the park.

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Zachary Duris
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

10 or so trees down across trail, 3 or so moderate-severely limiting trail access.

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emily bancino
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HikingOver grown
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Jayme Fierro
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Hiking

A beautiful hike along the river. The falls were about 3 miles in. Would definitely do again! We combined with The Grove making it roughly 7 miles total.

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Calvin Wheeler
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Hiking

Nice trail. Easy to do. Weather was real nice. Stopped off at the grove of the patriarchs on our way. Would recommend this trail.

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Susie Fenberg
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First to Review

Decided to try this after doing Grove. Well worth it and you can take it as far as 9 miles out. We only went about 2 miles in but there are several Small waterfalls and plank bridges to cross so more than plenty to keep kids and teen occupied. Trail is easy terrain and all in the woods.

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iryna kostyk
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Alessandro Burdisso
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emerson ellis
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Randall Hudson
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Kent McNairy
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William Ball
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Ali Stewart
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