Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

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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.
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  • I love everything about this place. it's so beautiful. but you really need to research before you go. we drove 2 hrs to sunrise bus for center entrance only to be told that it is still closed and the ...  more »
  • During our road trip through the UNITED STATES in June 2017, we've been here, with the plan at reflection lake the wonderland trail to walk. This was a little different. Mid-June there was still a lot of snow and with temperatures around freezing point by an exceptionally low pressure area around washington and oregon, was the route so not accessible. Despite the weather still had a great day with super beautiful winter images. Many roads and parts of the park were still closed, but still this was day 1 of the highlights of our road trip this year! We will definitely go back there! Really a must see!!
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  • This is a great trail and an excellent way to see some of the park. It is a very long trail (93 miles) and circles the mountain. You can plan a long hike that includes camping or you could do parts of...  more »
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