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Results List

36 Hikes
Myrtle Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A good, short destination just outside of the main Paradise visitors area, Myrtle Falls is a beauty.
 
 
Rampart Ridge Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(22 votes)
This short loop out of Longmire makes for a great, quick way to get some elevation gain, some forest views, and a fantastic vista of Mount Rainier, all in less than five miles!
 
 
Shadow Lake - Sunrise Camp Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(14 votes)
This sweet little loop leaves from the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mount Rainier and encompasses a lovely little lake, an unexpected campsite, and views of the mountain's eastern flanks and glaciers.
 
 
Knapsack Pass

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Knapsack Pass follows a no-longer-maintained hiking trail. It now requires GPS or map and compass skills to reach the pass, located near Mother Mountain.
 
 
Silver Forest - Emmons Vista

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 325 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
The Silver Forest Trail is a lesser-known and therefore less-crowded alternative at Mount Rainier’s Sunrise. Enjoy mountain, glacier and river valley views along a gentle trail that is mostly out of sight of the bustle of Sunrise.
 
 
Noble Knob

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 6011.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(34 votes)
This hike up to a former lookout site provides spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding landscape.
 
 
Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.53
(57 votes)
This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.
 
 
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.
 
 
Pinnacle Saddle

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5920.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(19 votes)
Imagine that you are looking through a telephoto lens at one of those iconic images of Mount Rainier taken from the south. Now zoom out to a wider view of the entire mountain, the thick forests below timberline, the enormous brown gash of the Nisqually River Valley, and beside it the verdant parkland that became known as Paradise. This is the view from the Pinnacle Saddle trail.
 
 
Bench and Snow Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 610 ft.
Highest Point: 4725.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(19 votes)
Escape the crowds within Mount Rainier National Park without going on a lengthy adventure. Visit one or both of two alpine lakes, the second one just a bit more than a mile from the parking lot.
 
 
High Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 
Faraway Rock

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 5220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
The overlook at Faraway Rock is a short jaunt along the Mazama Ridge Trail up from Stevens Canyon Road and Reflection Lakes along the Wonderland Trail. This viewpoint showcases glistening Lake Louise below and the towering Tatoosh Ridge to the south.
 
 
Edgar Rock

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
Rock spires across the Naches River from Highway 410 catch the eye of travelers from the roadway. For a closer look, consider a hike to the top of Edgar Rock by way of the Lost Creek Trail. This route proves popular early in the season as well as late in the year. The hike is not very long and features good views at the top.
 
 
Dalles Ridge

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
Dalles Ridge is the primary way that hikers access the popular Noble Knob Trail and Ranger Creek. It provides hikers with a beautiful ridge walk after a steady climb from the trailhead.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Nisqually Vista Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
Follow the trails here to views of Mount Rainier's rocky Nisqually River valley and the much-receded Nisqually Glacier.
 
 
Narada Falls to Reflection Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(14 votes)
Hiking the trail between the Narada Falls viewpoint and Reflection Lakes is pleasant enough. But you can extend the route into a loop featuring an unobstructed view of the Tatoosh Range from a rocky bluff, and an up-close experience of the awe-inspiring whitewater cascades of the Paradise River.
 
 
Alta Vista Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 560 ft.
Highest Point: 5960.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
The Alta Vista Loop is one of the trails located at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park. This trail system is known for fantastic displays of wildflowers in the summer and dramatic panoramic views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding foothills all year long.
 
 
Moraine Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Sometimes the crowds at Mount Rainier’s Paradise can be overwhelming. Hike the Moraine Trail to get off of asphalt paths and away from the throngs. The reward is a view down into the immense Nisqually River Valley from the very edge of its moraine.
 
 
Golden Gate Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
Follow a loop trail that samples what Mount Rainier has to offer: a popular waterfall, vast expanses of wildflowers, numerous snowmelt streams, a historic monument to the mountain’s first climbers, and of course views of Mount Rainier itself.
 
 
Golden Gate

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
The Golden Gate trail provides a quick route to amazing panoramas of Mount Rainier and the craggy peaks of the Tatoosh Range. Pass through wildflower-studded alpine meadows, a clear sparkling stream, and up a steep, well-maintained trail. You can even make it a loop, if you want to explore the lush parkland at the foot of Washington's tallest mountain.
 
 
Glacier Vista - Panorama Point

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Paradise is one of the most gorgeous (and, as a result, popular) parts of Washington. This short but steep trail offers tourists and locals alike one of the most stunning views for the least number of miles in Washington state, but that doesn't mean you won't sweat! Be prepared to climb more than 1000 feet in less than a mile at the outset of this trail .
 
 
Carter Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 3650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
Cougar Rock to Carter Falls is a moderate and readily accessible segment of the Wonderland Trail that packs stunning mountain vistas, river views, waterfalls, wildflowers, old growth, and edible berries into just 1.3 miles of family-friendly hiking in Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 
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.
 
 
Sheep Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(26 votes)
Sheep Lake is a picturesque alpine lake guarded by jagged-edged ridges. It makes a good destination for children, especially if you let them swim, play in the meadows, or explore the small rock outcroppings. Sheep Lake is also a worthy destination for adults who want a pause from daily life to enjoy the outdoors. The campsites around the perimeter are ideal for base camping or for backpacking with children.
 
 
Forest Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
A short trail near Sunrise visitor center.
 
 
Deadwood Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 470 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This un-maintained trail can be accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail can be difficult to follow, so be sure to take appropriate precautions.
 
 
Rainier View

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(10 votes)
This is a great hike for kids with lots to see including wild flowers, big views of Mt. Rainier and maybe even some wildlife including marmots and goats. Take a picnic and enjoy the wonderful sights along this trail.
 
 
Mesatchee Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3680.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
If you want both a walk in the sunshine and a walk through the trees, Mesatchee Creek is the place to go! Keep your feet dry on the turnpikes and bridge made by WTA.