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Wonderland Trail

Location Wraps around midslope of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
State(s) Washington
Counties Pierce
Type Backcountry
Length 90.00 Miles / 144.84 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency National Park Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

photo: Mount Rainier from the Cowlitz Divide along the Wonderland Trail
Mount Rainier from the Cowlitz Divide along the Wonderland Trail

Circuit of Mt. Rainier entirely within the park. Crosses numerous ridges and valleys. 8-12 days to complete. Many portions are accessible by road and can be done as day hikes.

The Wonderland Trail is a distinguishing feature of Mount Rainier National Park. Establishment of the trail took place at the turn of the century when the "Wonderland" was an attraction used to promote park visitation. Later, rangers used the trail as a patrol beat. Original ranger cabins are still in use. The oldest cabin, constructed in 1915, is at Indian Henry's Hunting Ground.
Today's hikers find the 93 mile Wonderland to be one of the best ways to explore Mount Rainier National Park. The trail passes through major life-zones of the park, from lowland forests to subalpine meadows of wildflowers. Passing swift rivers, the trail leads to commanding views of Mount Rainier cloaked in icy glaciers. As the trail circles the mountain, hikers witness the varied faces of Mount Rainier, carved by 25 named glaciers.
Weather is a constantly changing factor. While summer is often dry and sunny, oceanic influences can also bring moisture as rain or snow at higher elevations. Hikers can find both company and solitude along the way. Although thousands hike the Wonderland Trail each summer, many stretches of the trail still provide the chance to be alone. Prior awareness of trail and weather conditions, wilderness regulations and general hiking information about the park will enhance a trip along the W (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information


Seasonal Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 1/1

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

Directions

Accessed by car through entrance stations: Nisgually, Ohanapecosh, White River, Carbou River, Mowich Lake.

 

Additional Information

Width: 36 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 1981

Date Last Updated: 10/20/2014

 

Contact Information

Trail Management:
Carl Fabiani
Trails Foreman
Mount Rainier National Park
Tahoma Woods
Ashford , WA 98304
(360) 569-2211 ext. 3
carl_fabiani@nps.gov

 

Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Trail elevation profile Document View/Download
NPS - Trail information Website View/Download

 

 

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