The Best National Park Campsites: Indian Bar

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Indian bar

A different spot on the Wonderland Trail. (Photo by Loren Kerns)

The 93-mile Wonderland Trail is so full of peaks, pines, and mountain streams that it can seem to pass in a wonderful blur. But you’re certain to remember Indian Bar. Nowhere else is the view of Rainier so direct and the creeks tumbling down the rocky cliffs into the Ohanapecosh River so plentiful. If you can’t do the full circuit, try the 14.5-mile out-and-back along the Indian Bar Trail, following the ridgeline of Cowlitz Divide before dropping into the Ohanepecosh River basin. Trailhead Box Canyon Picnic Area Season Early summer for dramatic waterfalls, late summer for wildflowers Permit Free; no reservations