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Results List

68 Hikes
Bullion Basin

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
A relatively steep and rocky connector trail running between the Crystal Mountain resort area up through Bullion Basin to the Pacific Crest Trail with mountain and meadow views.
 
 
Nolte State Park

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.45 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
The expansive acreage of this park allows for a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, even lawn games such as horseshoes! The hiking trail is a lovely loop around Deep Lake.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam - River Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. At about 3.5 miles from the trailhead, Scatter Creek makes the trail impassable.
 
 
Glacier View

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(21 votes)
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706
Climb a ridge to a rocky promontory nine miles due west of Tahoma’s summit and experience multi-volcano, jaw-dropping views under clear conditions. Glacier View’s short but moderately intense route is ideal for lovers of huckleberries, wildflowers, old growth forest, mushrooms, fauna, and lakes.
 
 
Goat Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6473.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
The Goat Creek trail ascends at a moderate pace from the Bumping River valley up to American Ridge and Goat Peak. The trail can be accessed via the Cougar Flat Campground.
 
 
Doe Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1720 ft.
Highest Point: 4320.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
The infrequently visited trail to Doe Falls is a good option for hikers preparing for summer hiking. Because of its lower elevation, this hike is snow-free earlier in the year than most in this area, allowing for a pleasant hike to a secluded waterfall early in the season.
 
 
Mount Beljica

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1056 ft.
Highest Point: 5469.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706.
Mount Beljica is just outside the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park, so you can bring your dog and still experience a well-kept trail leading to astounding views of Washington's tallest mountain.
 
 
Clear West Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The trail up Clear West Peak is inaccessible due to Road 74 being blocked and gated.
 
 
Pleasant Valley Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 3880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
With a couple highway crossings, and several turns and junctions, this is not the most glamourous loop through the woods, but it offers an all-purpose trail that can be chunked up into mostly flat options for hikers who want to plan their own route as well as connections and extensions to other trails in the area.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam - Rim Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. This gentle 2-mile trail will take you along the White River.
 
 
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.06 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Snow Bowl, High Hut, and the Yurt are all accessible for a summer hike or bike in addition to the winter snowshoe and ski. Depending on conditions and logging trucks, the upper parking lot may be open, shaving off at nearly a mile or more each way of this hike.
 
 
High Hut

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1660 ft.
Highest Point: 4760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
High Hut is the highlight of the Mount Tahoma Trail System. From the warmth of a cozy alpine hut, enjoy some of the best views in the southern Cascades.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam – Vista Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. The Vista Trail is short but steep.
 
 
Federation Forest State Park

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
Green, mossy old growth trees and miles of level hiking are the main attractions at Federation Forest State Park. More than 12 miles of trails wind through the forest and hikers can put together loops to fit their hiking needs.
 
 
Cora Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(9 votes)
Enjoy this easy hike through massive trees with great views of a lovely lake and an impressive lookout towering over it all.
 
 
Kelly Butte

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5409.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(21 votes)
This is a nice, short hike to a recently repaired fire lookout. Guidebooks do not include recent upgrades to the trail and road to the trailhead. The trail is no longer only accessible via a scramble, but trail that switchbacks through wildflowers and interesting rock walls which was constructed in 2007. The lookout itself has been repaired, making it a nice lunch stop.
 
 
Crystal Mountain Loop (Silver King)

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
This page describes the options for doing a loop hike around the ski slopes, which is the ridge west of Crystal Mountain Boulevard.
 
 
Copper City Ghost Town

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 27 ft.
Highest Point: 4076.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Once the center of mining activity in Yakima County, Copper City served 42 active mining claims from 1907 to 1942. The founders of the town hoped to boom when the railroad came through, but the tracks were never put down. Walk the old mine-to-market road into town, where only the collapsed remains of a few buildings remain.
 
 
Nisqually State Park

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Just a few miles west of Eatonville, off Highway 7, is Washington's newest state park. Created thanks to a partnership between the Nisqually Tribe, Washington State Parks, and other local agencies, the park provides 1,300 acres of forest, prairie, and riverside trails to recreate in.
 
 
Snow Bowl Hut Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(7 votes)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Now, it provides skiers and snowshoers a place to warm up after a bracing 4.5 mile jaunt along forest roads in Tahoma State Forest.
 
 
Pleasant Valley Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 5740.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Climb through the forest, including a short burn area from 2017, up to the American Ridge Trail. Enroute there is easy access to an unnamed lake and little-used cross-country access to Pleasant Valley Lake.
 
 
Norse Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 6856.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.79
(14 votes)
A steep, yet surprisingly comfortable climb to views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Glacier Peak, and the Olympics.
 
 
The Yurt

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
10.24 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
The Yurt is by far the most secluded of the four huts within the Mount Tahoma Trail System. A cozy studio in the wilderness surrounded by trees with access for a day hike to Griffin Mountain.
 
 
Yurt Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1740 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
The Yurt is by far the most secluded of the four huts within the Mount Tahoma Trail System. A cozy studio in the wilderness surrounded by trees with easy access for a day hike to Griffin Mountain, you'll have to really hoof it through the snow to get there.
 
 
Naches Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Naches Trail takes visitors along the same route that pioneers took in horse drawn wagons in the 1800s. It is now a hiking trail that leads to a scenic meadow and a historic cabin.
 
 
Tumac Mountain Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 6340.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Nestled far from civilization, at the end of Deep Creek, you will likely have this glorious loop to yourself. A brief, three-mile section of the famous Pacific Crest Trail makes up the western link of this loop.
 
 
Henskin Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This is a beautiful hike that, “has it all” from wonderful wildflowers and a deep forest to wild creeks and an alpine lake. You will even see an abandoned gold mine along the way!
 
 
Goat Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 230 ft.
Highest Point: 3060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
This is a short hike through a lush forest canyon with Goat Creek cascading gently beside you all the way.
 
 
Arch Rock

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(6 votes)
Arch Rock is not an arch, but a rocky point on the ridge to the west of Arch Rock Spring in the Norse Peak Wilderness Area. The trip to the rock involves a 5.4 mile hike mainly on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) along a forested ridge to Arch Rock Spring, followed by a 0.6 mile boot trail to Arch Rock. From the top, the expansive views of the South Cascades are dominated by Mount Rainier, 20 miles to the southwest.
 
 
Bumping Lake Ski and Snowshoe Trails

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Looking for a long winter snowshoe ramble? The Bumping Lake area has miles of cross country and snowshoe trails to entertain beginners and seasoned snowshoers alike. Keep in mind you'll be sharing the trail with cross country skiers, and the area is open to snowmobilers in some areas, so you may have a soundtrack to keep you company as you walk.