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Mount Rainier National Park Trails

Seattle, WA: Wildflowers & Waterfalls (Mt. Rainier National Park)

Circle Mother Mountain for nonstop views of Rainier and a whole bunch of cascades and flora. BY ELISABETH KWAK-HEFFERAN

Mount Rainier National Park: Kautz Rampart Loop

Pass through a sanctuary of towering old-growth forest and lush open meadows on this 5.5-mile loop around The Ramparts with majestic views of snowcapped Rainier.

Mount Rainier National Park: Tatoosh Range

This 8-mile backcountry trek serves up two mountain lakes, intimate views of Mount Rainier, and some off-trail scrambles in the Tatoosh Range.

Mount Rainier National Park: Van Trump Park

This 4.6-mile round-trip takes an old mountaineers’ route past cascades and through alpine meadows to a classic peak in the shadows of Rainier.

Mount Rainier National Park: Tolmie Peak

A bit of rain will only enhance your 6.1-mile out-and-back trek to foggy forests, misty waterfalls, and a nearly 6,000-foot peak in Mt. Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Gobblers Knob

This 7.4-miler boasts unmatched views of Mount Rainier, not to mention wildflower meadows and campsites by a mountain lake.

Mount Rainier National Park: Shriner Peak Lookout

This 8.2-mile out-and-back is rarely hiked. If your legs can take a stiff, 3,434-foot climb, the payoff is best-in-show vistas of Rainier and its neighbors.

Mount Rainier National Park: Crystal Peak

This rugged 7.7-mile dayhike in the park’s wild, remote northeast corner climbs more than 3,000 feet to five-star views unfolding in all directions.

Mount Rainier National Park: Paul Peak Trail to Mowich River

Hike 6.5 miles on a lesser-traveled trail on the forested side of Paul Peak to the Wonderland Trail, then down to the banks of the Mowich River.

Mount Rainier National Park: Mirror Lakes via Kautz Creek

This ambitious 12.4-mile dayhike runs along a creekbed raged by two major floods, through fragile wildflower meadows, and visits a pod of backcountry lakes.

Mount Rainier National Park: Sourdough Ridge Trail to Upper Palisades Lake

Traipse from lake to lake in Washington’s high country.

Mount Rainier National Park: Skyscraper Mountain

Snow-fed cascades, vibrant wildflower meadows, and dizzying Cascade vistas highlight this 7.9-mile out-and-back in Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Naches Peak Loop

This family-friendly dayhike in Mount Rainier National Park circles Naches Peak, passing mountain lakes, wildflower meadows, and picture-perfect views of Mount Rainier.

Mount Rainier National Park: Ranger Falls via Carbon River Road

Explore the once-bustling Carbon River Road by foot on this 11.2-mile hike that winds through mossy forest and visits a multi-tiered waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Camp Muir (Summer Route)

Experience this world-class, glaciated peak in a day on an 8.4-mile out-and-back that climbs 4,600 feet to a high-altitude camp above the Muir Snowfield.

Mount Rainier National Park: Northern Loop Trail via Sunrise Park

Three days is all you need for this memorable, 33.2-mile circuit on the northern flanks of Rainier, which connects Natural Bridge, the Yellowstone Cliffs, and Grand Park, a string of must-see landmarks bypassed by the Wonderland Trail.

Mount Rainier National Park: Burroughs Mountain Loop

On this 6.1-mile lollipop loop, you’ll crest two summits on Burroughs Mountain, trace the Sourdough Mountains’ ridgeline, and take in views of Mount Rainier, the Emmons Glacier, and 11,138-foot Little Tahoma Peak.

Mount Rainier National Park: Spray Park

Hike to prolific wildflower displays and up-close views of Mount Rainier on this 8.4-mile out-and-back in Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Fryingpan Creek to Box Canyon via the Wonderland Trail

Hit the highlights—and highpoint—of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail in a weekend. This two-day, 15.4-mile shuttle hike climbs to Panhandle Gap (look for mountain goats), tracks past glacier fields and raging waterfalls, then traverses a ridge overlooking Fryingpan Glacier on Rainer’s eastern flank.

Mount Rainier National Park: Rampart Ridge-Kautz Creek Loop

This 6.7-mile lasso loop near Longmire travels through old-growth forest to Rampart Ridge, then drops to Kautz Creek for picture-perfect views of Mount Rainier.

Mount Rainier National Park: Comet Falls and Mildred Point

Hike to one of the tallest waterfalls in the park, climb through a meadowland paradise, and crest 5,935-foot Mildred Point on this 6.2-mile hike.

Mount Rainier National Park: Summerland-Panhandle Gap via Wonderland Trail

Climb to unforgettable wildflower-filled meadows, then ascend even higher past turquoise pools to 6,800-foot Panhandle Gap, where views stretch out across Ohanapecosh Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Huckleberry Creek

Hike one of the loneliest trails in Mount Rainier National Park on this 9.5-mile shuttle hike. You’ll start high in alpine tundra, descend past a lovely lake, and trek through mossy old-growth forest.

Mount Rainier National Park: Fryingpan Creek to Mowich Lake via the Wonderland Trail

Explore Mount Rainier from nearly every angle on this classic, weeklong stretch of the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park: Glacier Basin

This 8-mile out-and-back, less than four miles northeast of Mount Rainier, leads to stunning views of glaciers, expansive valleys, and Washington’s signature mountain.

Mount Rainier National Park: Laughingwater Creek to Chinook Pass via Pacific Crest Trail

This 18.5-mile point-to-point in the eastern fringes of the park follows the Pacific Crest Trail across Cascade ridgelines to picture-perfect views of Rainier.

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