The Wonderland Trail

HARD 29 reviews
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The Wonderland Trail is a 96.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Longmire, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
96.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
27312 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

By Car Southwest - Year round access to the park is via SR 706 to the Nisqually Entrance in the southwest corner of the park. The road from the entrance to Longmire remains open throughout winter except during extreme weather. The road from Longmire to Paradise closes nightly from November 1 through winter. It reopens the following morning dependent upon snow removal. Even though roads will be open, some facilities may not be available. Northwest - Carbon River in the northwest is also open year round via SR 165 through Wilkeson, but vehicle access is permitted only to the ranger station. Beyond this point the Carbon River Road is open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Another access point in the northwest is Mowich Lake. Due to heavy snowfall it is only open in the summer and closes mid-October or with the first snowfall. Southeast - Spring through fall road closures depend on snowfall and its removal from the roadways. Ohanapecosh on SR 123 is generally open via Hwy 12 from Yakima or Packwood from late May to early November. Access to other areas of the park from Ohanapecosh may be closed during the early and later seasons so please check the road status while making your plans. Northeast - Sunrise, White River and southbound SR 123 are accessed via SR 410 from Enumclaw. The road to Sunrise is usually open by July 1st through early September, as is the visitor center and other facilities. The road to Sunrise closes at the junction with White River Campground every night beginning in late September. It reopens each morning as conditions permit. The entire road from the junction with SR 410 to Sunrise and White River is closed for winter on October 14 or earlier with the first heavy snowfall.

backpacking
8 days ago

Hiked Wonderland with my friend in five and half days this summer. Beautiful flowers and views. Little in the way of flats but plenty of big climbs and descents. Major trailheads were a bummer due to the crowds but most of the trail was left to thru hikers. A real gem.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

trail running
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
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1 month ago

Beautiful trail one of my favorites. Was only able to spend a four days trekking but it was something else... Hiked in early July and had no idea about how much snow there was going to be from South Puyallup to Klapatche. We found out the hard way. We were forced to climb massive snow banks, literally risking our lives but we conquered it... Also woke up to a friendly black bear at Klapatche drinking out of the lake. Unfortunately as we tried to take a picture we scared him off. Beautiful trail and I will be back, hopefully to hike it though.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

I found the bug net that goes on your head and the rain fly for the backpack great investments. Great hike even with a bridge out and whether that was pretty cloudy.

backpacking
7 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

My home away from home

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing, challenging, and a lifetime experience! Buy a good guidebook and get on the trail!

camping
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Did 40 miles last August 2015. Had a blast!! Stayed at White river campground. Amazing trail ! Met a lot of people that do this trail every summer.

The views are fantastic!!!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

hiking
Friday, July 31, 2015

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

93 miles up, down and everywhere on Mount Rainier. Words cannot describe it correctly. I will tell you this though,bring duct tape and whatever you do, bring small Tabasco packets for the freeze dried food in a bag....