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South Puyallup to Klapatche

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise
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Length

18.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.

Rating

3.60 out of 5

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South Puyallup to Klapatche is a scenic section along the western portion of the Wonderland Trail. But for hikers who don't want to make the 93-mile trek around the mountain, the section can be reached via a shorter out-and-back or loop starting from the Westside Road.

The out-and-back hike starts from the Westside Road trailhead and follows the decommissioned roadbed for roughly 3.5 miles before reaching the old South Puyallup trailhead. The South Puyallup trail heads east toward the mountain, climbing slightly uphill as you ramble along the river for 2 more miles before reaching the junction with the Wonderland Trail. There is a permitted campsite here for backpackers who want to rest before tackling the upcoming hill.

Take a left at the Wonderland Trail junction to start your 2.2 ascent out from the river valley and up toward Klapatche Park. Continue north to find incredible views of Rainier and stop at the large Saint Andrews Lake and eventually the smaller Aurora Lake which serves as a great turn around point.

 

South Puyallup to Klapatche

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7800, -121.8852 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

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Getting There

From the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park (off Highway 706), drive east on Nisqually-Longmire Road for one mile. The turnoff for the Westside Road is on your left. There is no designated parking area, so be sure to park in such a way that traffic can flow uninterrupted along the road.

 

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South Puyallup to Klapatche

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