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The Best Backpacking in Mount Rainier National Park

Looking for the best backpacking in Mount Rainier National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Mount Rainier National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Mount Rainier National Park

  • Ashford, Washington

    Sunrise Backcountry Camp Loop

    2.79 mi / 318 ft gain
    Sunrise Backcountry Camp Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Greenwater , Washington.
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Mount Rainier Northern Loop Trail

    30.89 mi / 9314 ft gain
    Mount Rainier Northern Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Greenwater , Washington.
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Summerland Trail

    5.0
    8.62 mi / 2359 ft gain
    The Summerland trail is by far the easiest trail that I ever experienced. The trail is well maintained and for the first 3 miles you are surrounded by trees and the sound of waterfalls and rivers, and it's green everywhere. The last 1.3 miles, you encounter switchbacks and you can get some view...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Climb Little Tahoma/East Shoulder

    17 mi / 7450 ft gain
    Start from the Summer Land Trail Head at the Fryingpan Creek parking lot just West of the White River Ranger Station in Mount Rainier National Park. Beginning at an elevation of 3,800 feet, you'll head southeast along the Summer Land Trail for 4.5 miles, tracing the Fryingpan Creek. There are a f...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Paradise Glacier Caves via Skyline Trail Spur

    5.54 mi / 1280 ft gain
    Paradise Glacier Caves via Skyline Trail Spur is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Paradise Inn, Washington.
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Backpack the Wonderland Trail

    4.8
    90 mi / 22000 ft gain
    Possibly one of the greatest loop hikes in the Lower 48, this trail sees a lot of use. You won't be alone out there, but opportunities for solitude are abundant with a little effort. The crowds show up for good reason - it's incredibly beautiful, relatively wild, and about as close to feeling l...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Hike to Camp Muir

    4.5
    8 mi / 4640 ft gain
    Pack your sunglasses because this is one snowy hike! Camp Muir is a perfect camping or extended day hike destination for anyone who wants to experience the enchantment of Mount Rainier without committing to the summit. Starting at the Paradise trailhead at almost 4700 feet up, a steep and extreme...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Climb Mt. Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver

    4.5
    13 mi / 8790 ft gain
    Mt. Rainier is a technical climb on all routes and is covered with glaciers all four seasons. It is not a mountain to learn mountaineering unless you hire a guide service who will help guide you up the mountain. With good weather and previous mountaineering experience, Mt. Rainier's Disappointmen...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Summit Mount Rainier via the Muir Route

    4.0
    16 mi / 9010 ft gain
    Starting at 5,400ft at Paradise Inn parking lot, the hike begins. Stops and breaks vary on the physical condition that you are in, but at around 2.2 miles you reach Muir snowfield. Depending on the weather (if you aren't wearing your climbing boots already) put of your boots and continue up the s...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Snowshoe to Panorama Point Mount Rainier National Park

    3.2 mi / 1700 ft gain
    Arrive at Longmire in Mount Rainier National park about 9a.m. They open the gate during the late season at this time so you will want to get ahead of the crowd, especially if it is a beautiful day! This time of year it is required to carry chains, so don't forget those. Arrive at Paradise parking...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Winter Camp at Glacier Vista

    5.0
    3 mi / 1000 ft gain
    It's always a good idea to check the weather, but when it comes to getting a peak at Mt. Rainier you might be better off just showing up and hoping for a miracle. To do this from Seattle, you'll have a 2 hour 20 minute drive down I-5 and WA-167. After a couple turns here and there (you can follow...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Hike to Upper Palisades Lake

    6.6 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Park at the Sunrise Point parking lot and find the Palisades Trail at the northeast corner of the parking lot. If you bring along a pair of binoculars, you can stop at the first overlook on the left and scan the adjacent mountain slopes for the white dots of mountain goats. Continue down the trai...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Hike to Spray Park

    5.0
    7 mi
    The trailhead to Spray Park begins at the Mowich Lake Campground (4,929 ft). You'll begin descending quickly for the first 0.1 miles until you reach the Wonderland Trail junction. Head left and make your way up a steady climb for the next 1.7 miles. The first stop you'll come across is Eagle Clif...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Hike to Eunice Lake in Mt. Rainier NP

    6.5 mi
    Starting out from the beautiful Mowich Lake (4,929 ft), this hike takes you through some of Mt. Rainier Nation Park's best scenery. Thanks to the 13 miles of dirt roads it takes to even get to the trailhead, this hike is also rarely crowded. At 6.5 miles roundtrip to Eunice Lake, this is a grea...
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  • Packwood, Washington

    Snow Lake Trail

    3.8
    2.12 mi / 427 ft gain
    Snow Lake is a beautiful lake in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. You can do the 2.6 mile roundtrip hike to the lake as either a day trip or as a backcountry camp. To camp at one of the two sites on the lake you must secure a permit from the permit office at Longmire. The hike to the s...
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  • Lewis County, Washington

    Hike Indian Bar - Cowlitz Divide via Box Canyon

    14.64 mi / 4235 ft gain
    There are multiple ways to access Indian Bar. This one starts at Box Canyon.   From the parking area at Box Canyon walk across the road and follow the signs for Wonderland Trail. Head up the Wonderland trail through the trees to the split with the Cowlitz trail. Continue on the Wonderland Trail...
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