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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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INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations requests accepted by fax or mail, starting on March 15th of each year ($20/reservation). Download form at

CONTACT Mt. Rainier National Park, (360) 569-2211;

-Mapped by Jack Haskel

TO TRAILHEAD: Shuttle car: From Greenwater, drive southeast on WA 410 E/Chinook Pass Hwy. for nearly 25 miles to parking on Chinook Pass.

To trailhead: From Chinook Pass, drive south on WA 410 W/Mather Memorial Pkwy. In roughly 4 miles, turn left onto WA 123 S. Go 11.1 miles to parking near the Laughingwater Creek trailhead.

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