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Backpacker Magazine – August 2009

The Peak: Mt. Rainier

From the best guiding service to ultimate summit routes, Washington's highest peak is still the greatest.

by: Ted Alvarez

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Spray Park, Northwest Rainier (Jon Cornforth)
Spray Park, Northwest Rainier (Jon Cornforth)
Wonderland Trail, Berkeley Park (Tim Seaver)
Wonderland Trail, Berkeley Park (Tim Seaver)

THE BEST...

Guide Service

Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (rmiguides.com)

Weekend Backpack
It takes 10 days to tackle the 93-mile Wonderland Trail, but you can poach the circuit's finest mountain views and meadow camping on a 17-mile loop connecting the Wonderland Trail to the Spray Park Trail.

Victory Dinner
Copper burgers at Ashford's Copper Creek Inn. coppercreekinn.com

Backcountry Campsite
Glacier Basin's five sites are as close as you can camp to the summit without crampons. $20, nps.gov/mora

 


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Anonymous
Dec 24, 2009

Mary Kay Nelson
Aug 24, 2009

Only the Wonderland Trail is suggested as a 10 day trip, of course there are many many other options.. You can find 45 choices of hikes from a short family friendly hike to a multi day backpacking trip at VisitRainier.com
The write ups are first hand info from local hiking experts.. mk

Huh
Aug 24, 2009

Why does it "take 10 days". You can do it in how ever many days you want it to! From an epic 24 hour trail run to 4 to 7 days to the even more epic 2 to 3 week long photo trips.

10 days though? Oh please.

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