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.

Length96.2 miElevation gain25,341 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingHikingNature tripsBird watchingrunningForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Getting There

Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

Parking in the Paradise Area If you do drive your own vehicle to Paradise, be prepared for heavy traffic, busy parking lots, and pedestrians on the roadway. Due to the popularity of the Paradise area, visitors are asked to park their vehicles in certain lots depending on the intent of their visit. Please drive courteously and help improve traffic flow by following these guidelines: Parking in the upper Paradise lot, adjacent to the Jackson Visitor Center, is intended for short-term visitors and is limited to two hours. This lot is generally full by 11:00 a.m. Disabled visitors with a valid disabled parking permit may park in the upper lot with no time restriction; disabled-accessible trailheads are available near the visitor center and the Paradise Inn. Guests staying overnight at the Paradise Inn may also park in the upper lot during their stay. Parking in the lower Paradise lot is intended for visitors staying longer than two hours, and for backcountry campers and climbers with a valid backcountry permit. When the upper Paradise lot is full, short-term visitors may also use the lower lot. Additional parking for all-day and overnight visitors is available along the one-way Paradise Valley Road, east of the upper Paradise lot. Open all year, Mount Rainier has something for everyone, from ranger programs to mountain climbing. Mount Rainier National Park offers excellent opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, and mountain climbing. Most roads are open from late May to early October and all provide stunning views and access to a variety of hiking trails and other sites. While many visitors attempt to see the park in a day, consider an in-depth exploration of on one or two areas of the park.

Contact Us By Mail: Superintendent Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Avenue East Ashford, WA 98304 By Phone: Park Headquarters 360-569-2211 360-569-2177 TDD Park Information 360-569-2211 ext. 3314 By E-mail: General Park Information By Fax: 360-569-2170

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.

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Justin McNabb
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HikingIcySnow

You need spikes and probably snow shoes now. Couldn’t get to paradise in just boots from Longmire.

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Bill & Darcel Esser
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Hiking

Very nice trail. One tree over the trail just passed cougar campground.

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Leo Roberts
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Hiking

The 5 stars is a dream not the experience. I just finished the PCT 2020. I passed this iconic icy crowned beauty mid September. The temptation to go off trail and tackle this loop was extremely appealing. How is this trail in October time? I am an experienced thru-hiker looking to do this loop in 3 days. Anyone know it’s current state?

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michael barto
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Hiking

Cut short due to multiple bridges out.

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Lena Ann
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HikingBugs

What an amazingly difficult but rewarding hike! I hiked Longmire to Longmire counter clockwise starting 7/19 and ending 7/28. Being a flat lander from SE Texas, the elevation gains were no joke and I was very glad I went with a 10 day hike versus the original 8 day plan. The washout at Stevens pass wasn’t nearly as scary as panhandle gap where I almost turned around and hiked all the way back to longmire when I saw the icy ledge on a cliff. So scary. Never again. But the views.....I’m not sure anything will ever compare to the beauty of Indian Bar or Summerland. I met a bear on day 5 who was so busy munching away that he barely looked up at me as I scooted by. The climb from Ipsut up to Mowich was brutal in direct sunlight but the view from the top . This trail is worth all the sweat, aches and pains....but I feel like Devils Dream owes me an apology. To the two sets of hikers coming from that direction who said the mosquitos “weren’t that bad”, I hate you. It was the worst moral killer after 9 long days on trail and I hate that I spent my last night stuck in my tent to avoid the swarms of mosquitos. Avoid camping here if you have a choice. Otherwise, if you can get a permit, add this hike to your bucket list.

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Curtiss Notch
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HikingBugsFeeGreat!

An absolute gem! Difficult and rewarding day in and day out. I did this trail from Sunrise to Sunrise clockwise in '94 while residing in Yakima, WA. Of course you'll have to plan your camps per the NPS, and I remember we took nine days to do this hike which averaged 10 mi/day....one day we only had 4 mi between camps and our longest was 15 mi. We had a blast with the many characters we met on this trail and our leisurely pace. This is a hike that you will constantly be either ascending or descending as you're circumnavigating a major volcano and it's ridges, snow fields, nooks, crannies and river valleys. You need rain gear/appropriate footwear as the mountain creates it's own weather and even if the forecast is favorable, the underbrush and shoulder height foliage in places will soak you every morning. Excellent views, tremendous camps, much fresh water and a host of well traveled characters are all in abundance. Paradise will truly be paradise after a few initial days on the trail and a nice midway jump off for a resupply or just a handmade lunch and brew! This trail is sure to reenergize the soul and reclaim a respect for nature and it's raw beauty....you will hurt, but in a good way!

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Scott Crosser
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Sarah F
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Cheryl Ri
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Running

AMAZING!!! We trail ran it clockwise in three long days; I'd honestly recommend doing it in 5-10! The terrain, the views of waterfalls, glaciers, high meadows, Mt Rainier herself deserve so much more time and attention. It's an experience that should be savored and not rushed. I plan on doing it again over a much longer span of time or break it up into sections I can savor a week at a time, the right way. Regardless of what sections you do, and how you decide to tackle it, do your research on seasonal changes, terrain, weather, bridge conditions, etc and be prepared and train up for the steep downhills. Lots of water on the route into early August (with some exceptions; not a bad idea to top off whenever you can) so a good water filter will come in handy.

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Brett Wilder
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Hiking

Hiked the Wonderland clockwise starting 7/29 at Sunrise and finished on 8/2. Snow was not an issue for the entire trail, but we did run into a few small manageable patches here and there with the most amount of snow being up near Panhandle gap and the next half mile after. Still no need to really worry there. The next other big mentionable item is the Stevens canyon washout which comes about a half mile before Martha Falls. This is one of the most dangerous sections of any trail I have ever hiked and I really hope that an alternative route is created sometime soon. Anxiety level was probably a 9 out of 10 on this, but we fortunately made it past it. I do feel like this could be a make it or break it part on the trail for those who have fear of heights. A few other notables: -Devils Dream campsite had the worst swarms of mosquitoes known to mankind -For the South Mowich River crossing trekking poles are a necessity as this was probably the sketchiest river crossing we encountered. The crossing had to be made on a number of wet, unstable logs with no railings -Dicks creek crossing was not an issue with just a couple of rock hops to get across

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Jihyun Chung
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Kate Brouns
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Chris Coulter
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Completed 7/10/20 to 7/15/20. Departed from Carbon River Trail which adds 10 miles round trip. Some form of GPS is a MUST due to the vast amounts of snow on parts of the trail. (We used the Guthook app, which is fantastic and I would highly recommend). Day 1: Carbon River TH to Dick's Creek. Only obstacle was the crossing at the river but we were able to scoot across without too much difficulty and we assessed the risk/danger as minimal. I've read comments about the creek crossing into camp and did not find this to be difficult at all. If you don't care about wet feet the crossing is even more simple here. Don't worry about this crossing--you can make it! Day 2: Dick's Creek to White River. We encountered a bit of snow up towards Mystic Lake and did need to utilize the GPS a few times for route finding in the early morning hours but nothing too difficult. The trail was mostly snow free and in good shape until the Sunrise area. Snow travel here was easy but the snow was soft and messy. Once down near the Sunrise campground it was snow free. The rest of the trail to White River was in great shape. We picked up our 1st food cache here. Enjoy the amenities of running water and flushing toilets at White River. Day 3: White River to Nickel Creek. Travel up to Summerland was easy and great. Once above Summerland the snow begins but is easy travel all the way up to Panhandle Gap. The traverse over the gap can be intimidating but there was solid boot-pack on the snow. We did put on spikes here for the added comfort and stability. Once over the gap we were in soft, messy snow all the way down into Indian Bar. This stretch was very slow going and I suspect it will be several weeks before this actually melts out enough to easily travel this section. Once down in Indian Bar the snow is mostly cleared. Climbing out of Indian Bar towards Nickel Creek was a mess! Lots of referencing GPS here for route finding. Day 4: Nickel Creek to Devil's Dream. No snow to deal with on this day! The only sketchy section was the washout in Steven's Canyon, which definitely gets the blood pumping. We took a break at Longmire to pick up our 2nd food cache and also got some takeout food from inn (overpriced and not worth the time). The trail up to Devil's Dream was in good shape. Upon arriving at Devil's Dream there were patches of snow but mostly snow free. Day 5: Devil's Dream to Golden Lakes. Snow begins immediately upon leaving camp and persists until you begin your decent down to South Puyallup. GPS wasn't as essential here as we were able to follow existing boot tracks. The trail is good until you reach the Klapatche Park area. There is one section that requires a bit finesse to pass. We met and heard of other hikers that turned back/aborted there trip due to this crossing. The snow is very soft and micro spikes are not going to help. If you have any snow travel or mountaineering experience this will help you and you will be able to make this crossing. If you were to slip/fall here you will take a bit of a ride but it's not a fatal fall area. There are small patches of trees that you can use to your advantage--you just need to aim for these trees and this will reduce your risk/exposure for a fall. Once clear of this area we were still in full-on snow for a long stretch. Klapatche camp is completely buried in snow--hard to believe it was mid-July. GPS is needed after leaving the camp as we were not on the official trail, rather traveling direct down snow shoots between trees. Snow persisted a fair way down to North Puyallup. Climbing up towards Golden Lakes there are large section and patches of snow all the way towards the camp. Camp sites 4 and 5 are great--site 5 is amazing with views of the Olympics and great evening sun. Day 6: Golden Lakes to Carbon River. Snow travel out of camp for a fair bit until dropping down towards South Mowich. Trail is in good shape all the way up to Mowich Lake. Once at Mowich Lake, it is buried in snow! unbelievable how much snow is still here! The rest of the way down to Ipsut Creek was in good shape and easy going. I wore Altra Timp 1.5 and my wife wore Altra Lone Peak 4 the entire time

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Cody DeLaney
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I did the Wonderland in the first week of October, 2019. Some days were very wet but a poncho sufficed. I did a counter clockwise loop starting from Longmire. I took 7 days, which seemed perfect. I moved at a comfortable pace throughout the hike and never felt rushed. There weren’t many other people in the isolated areas, which was nice. Most camps we had to ourselves. We saw 6 bears in Spray Park, in addition to a lot of cool wildlife sightings and mushroom spotting. Early October is a gamble on the weather but it definitely paid off for me!

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Linda Fontanilla
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Backpacking

Hey y’all. Just came back from an attempt at the Wonderland Trail. Start: Longmire (June 28th) With a stay at South Puyallup River Stop: Klapatche Park (June 29th) Had to end the trip early because 1.) the snow levels & melt were high and melting fairly quick (pretty slushy by 10am), 2.) virtually no one out there (I prefer knowing more people are on the trail), 3.) it was taking longer than expected, 4.) overall felt unsafe approaching the North Side of the mountain My friend and I had both summitted Mount Rainier and have some mountaineering experience. If you are considering going within the next week (Or 2) and don’t have mountaineering experience, I strongly discourage attempting. In fact, unless the snow fields are completely melted, I strongly discourage attempting. There are now three people missing in MRNP. Devil’s Dream to about a mile past Indian Henry was covered in snow. Emerald Ridge was brutal (it didn’t help that it was hailing when we were on this ridge) Emerald Ridge to South Puyallup River, we were very dependent on GPS navigation (lost the trail about 15 minutes after trying to follow footprints in the snow) South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park took about 4.5 hours, most of this trip was covered in snow And was very GPS dependent (this is 4.7 miles with a section Traversing a very steep snow field with ice axe and microspikes). Consider boots (my feet were soaked) Prior to the trip, I planned different “contingency plans” in case the trail was treacherous (and it was) and opted for the Klapatche Park/ St Andrews trail to Westside Road as a way out (about an additional 11 miles). Was able to coordinate via InReach a ride back to Longmire. Also, in case you were wondering, yes there are still mosquitos.

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Christina Markin
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SnowshoeingBlowdownFeeIcyMuddyOff trailSnowWashed out

Visited here Monday 2/3/2020 to snowshoe near Longmire, also have visited multiple times to hike last summer 2019 and previous years as a sightseer. This park gets very busy in the peak season (summer months), but can be very peaceful before 10am any day of the week in fall, winter and spring. The gates (near Longmire Museum) to Paradise after the park entrance are closed in the winter until 8am. In the winter Longmire bathrooms are closed, but there are porta potties and bathrooms near the road side of the Longmire Inn. A bit slippery in the early am walking on the road w/out traction. Big parking area. Handicap accessible and good for young children at longmire. No other Vehicles in the lot when we arrived at 6:30am, just the snow plows. There was snow on the road early in the am from before Ashford, WA to Longmire, on the way out around 2pm after it snowed all day there was snow on the roadway in the park till maybe right before Ashford, WA. Make sure you carry traction for your car when traveling here in the winter... I saw the back end of a Jeep fishtale around a curve. We snowshoed the Wonderland trail from Longmire Museum to the bridge to Carter Falls and had a break at the bridge. There are a lot of blow downs on the trail, streams on trail and a few parts of the trail have no snow. One bridge crossing with blowdowns on the bridge. We saw snowshoes, micros and one person with no traction all on the way out. 8 people total were seen on trail after 10am. This portion is 4 miles with 437ft elevation gain. There are also a lot of deep postholes on the trail.

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Nell Bochner
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Magnificent views of Mt Rainier

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J S
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Absolutely spectacular trek thru labor day weekend. Completed in 5 days started from Longmire and went clockwise. 3 separate bear encounters all within Spray Park; they were minding their own business. bugs weren't too bad either which was a pleasant surprise. Rained one day and spent a couple days hiking thru a marine fog layer. Other days were sunny and gorgeous!

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