Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
The Wonderland Trail is an approximately 93 mile hiking trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, United States. The trail goes over many ridges of Mount Rainier for a cumulative of elevation gain. The trail was built in 1915. In 1981, it was designated a National Recreation Trail. An estimated 200 to 250 people a year complete the entire trail with several thousand others doing shorter sections of it. The average time taken to complete the entire trip is 10 to 14 days.The TrailThe trail is entirely within the national park and passes through major life zones of the park, from lowland forests to subalpine meadows of wildflowers. As the trail circles the mountain, hikers see different faces of Mount Rainier, carved by 25 named glaciers.The trail is considered strenuous as it is almost always climbing or descending the ridges around the mountain. The highest point is 6,750ft at Panhandle Gap.There are many river crossings on the trail including two suspension bridges. Many of the rivers are crossed on primitive log bridges which can wash away during heavy rain or when there is a lot of snow melt in the rivers. Most of the bridges washed away during a major storm in November 2006, so the trail was impassable (and closed) to hikers through most of 2007.For Wonderland Trail and beyond, use our Mount Rainier National Park holiday planner to get the most from your Mount Rainier National Park vacation.
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I start it at Longmire and finished this trail in 9 days. It was a hard hike because elevation change all the time. I'll be happy to do that again but not all. 1/3 of the trail is in wood. The best pa... read more »
Loved the mountains, surroundings! You can see some small wildlife like birds, chipmunks. Great view on the lake near you! Trails are signed, so you don't need a map! ( ABOUT 5 MILES ROUNDTRIP) On the... read more »
This is an outstanding rugged and scenic hike that shows dramatic views of Mt Rainier and the volcanic environment of the Pacific Northwest. Established camp sites are arranged around the mountain and... read more »
Beautiful mountain scenery. I just love this mountain and this state.
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