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68 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Just a few miles west of Eatonville, off Highway 7, is Washington's newest state park. Created thanks to a partnership between the Nisqually Tribe, Washington State Parks, and other local agencies, the park provides 1,300 acres of forest, prairie, and riverside trails to recreate in.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 791 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.15
(13 votes)
Reaching the summit of Suntop can require considerable energy, or it can be a simple short walk, but the views of Mount Rainier and the White River valley below are worth it any way you slice it. Hike either 16 miles or just two, depending on which trail you use.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.04
(24 votes)
Follow a gentle old railroad grade into the coal-mining ghost town of Franklin, along the Green River near Black Diamond. It’s an easy walk up to the coal cart and sealed mine shaft. Follow the narrow footpath beyond to discover the powerhouse foundation and cemetery.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 470 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This un-maintained trail can be accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail can be difficult to follow, so be sure to take appropriate precautions.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(27 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Sheep Lake is a picturesque alpine lake guarded by jagged-edged ridges. It makes a good destination for children, especially if you let them swim, play in the meadows, or explore the small rock outcroppings. Sheep Lake is also a worthy destination for adults who want a pause from daily life to enjoy the outdoors. The campsites around the perimeter are ideal for base camping or for backpacking with children.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3680 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
If you want both a walk in the sunshine and a walk through the trees, Mesatchee Creek is the place to go! Keep your feet dry on the turnpikes and bridge made by WTA.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2759 ft.
Highest Point: 5858 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
Hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail through meadows of wildflowers and past sparkling lakes with views of Nelson Ridge, Mount Aix and Mount Rainier. This outing makes for a great day hike or backpacking trip.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(36 votes)
Road Closed 11.9.21: The highway to this trailhead is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring when the snow can be cleared.
This is a pleasant hike to a small lake and a notched gap with sweeping views. Sheep Lake is nestled in a subalpine area that explodes with wildflowers in July and August. The lake is a good place to relax and enjoy nature or perhaps take off your boots and go wading. Sourdough Gap is a small saddle in a rocky-edged ridge. The hike from the lake to the gap offers increasingly picturesque views of the south Cascades with every foot of altitude you gain. Once at the gap, you will be rewarded with grand views of Sheep Lake on one side and the Crystal Lakes basin on the other side.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2680 ft.
Highest Point: 5300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(19 votes)
This trail has it all, from beautiful forests, beautiful waterfalls, good climbing and fun descents to technical sections with views of Mount Rainier from cliffs that will inspire you.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
Ford a river, climb through forest and end at two lakes in the heart of a wilderness area -- Cougar Lake is a gorgeous respite for hikers in the William O. Douglas wilderness.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
A gentle hike through stands of mature larches and other conifers along the shores of Bumping Lake. The trail is also a good alternate route to Swamp Lake Trail #970 or to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 when a ford of the Bumping River is too hazardous.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
A long dirt road provides access to the central trailhead for the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. The popular, easy forest hike to the Twin Sisters Lakes is a prelude to miles of exploration possible on trails and cross-country through open forest, past meadows, ponds, and lakes.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Despite its name, Swamp Lake is a lovely little destination in the William O. Douglas wilderness near Mount Rainier. It's popular with fishermen and backpackers, though it can be extremely buggy in early summer.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5010 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
This infrequently visited trail is the perfect hike early in the season, because the snow melts off the south-facing flanks of the peak early. If you miss the springtime, save it for fall, because the deciduous trees that line the path make it ideal for a shot of fall color. Enjoy a moderately graded that leads you to a summit that boasts views of Rainier and the White River valley from the summit.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 975 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(36 votes)
With a trailhead so easily accessible, there's no excuse not to visit Snoquera Falls. Best in early spring, this lush, forested trail features a pretty fantail cascade plunging down a sheer, rocky wall.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Take the trail less traveled by and visit some quiet lakes near Mount Rainier. Or, continue on to extensive views afforded by Noble Knob.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Dalles Ridge is the primary way that hikers access the popular Noble Knob Trail and Ranger Creek. It provides hikers with a beautiful ridge walk after a steady climb from the trailhead.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3340 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Are you looking for an early summer, dry-side, flowered workout? The eastern third of this trail is for you, with its many flowers and increasing views over the American River valley. Just be ready for the stark nature of the fire ravaged forest.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 6011 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(35 votes)
This hike up to a former lookout site provides spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding landscape.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
6.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(66 votes)
This popular summer trail offers wildflower-filled meadows, a glistening alpine lake, big mountain views and wildlife sighting aplenty.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4406 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Surprise Lake and the surrounding land is entirely on private property. The road to the lake is gated, but kept open to hikers by the property owners. To retain access to this lovely lake, please respect the private property and refrain from entering any structures you may encounter on your outing.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2955 ft.
Highest Point: 6835 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
Scramble your way up to the top of Shellrock Peak for mountain views and a close-up look of columnar rocks.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(21 votes)
Choose between a shorter or longer river walk through old-growth forest to a 250-foot cascading waterfall.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4650 ft.
Highest Point: 7766 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(11 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
The Mount Aix trail leads to a lofty world above the tree line, with views in all directions, and access to other trails for wandering in the open. On a clear day, you can see Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, the Goat Rocks, Mount Rainier, and the Stuart Range, just to mention the more identifiable peaks.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2185 ft.
Highest Point: 4602 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
The trail up Little Bald Mountain follows the edge of a a northwest-facing rim rock cliff that melts out a month or so earlier than areas farther west. It's the perfect answer for those looking for an early season high country fix and often has wildflowers blooming when, or even before, Chinook pass opens.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A mostly abandoned trail along (and sometimes in) Rattlesnake Creek that has been washed out in many places due to its numerous crossings of the creek.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2950 ft.
Highest Point: 6310 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A steep and dusty trail to a long, beautiful ridge where the rambling is fine, often among a band of elk.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1270 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(26 votes)
To misquote a famous author, this hike can be "the best of trips or the worst of trips". Done in the right season, it has beautiful flowers, ripe berries, expansive views, great campsites, fishing, and swimming. Done in the wrong season, it has treacherous avalanche chute crossings, wet trail, no flowers, muddy campsites, and horrendous bugs.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 6473 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(17 votes)
Goat Peak offers expansive views into the William O. Douglas Wilderness and beyond. Once the site of a U.S. Forest Service lookout, Goat Peak’s 6,400-foot summit showcases such impressive gems as the Goat Rocks, Bumping Lake, Mount Rainier, Fife’s Peak, and the Stuart Range.