Mount Rainier National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    Nisqually Vista Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2011

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    The trailhead for the Nisqually Vista Trail is located in Paradise. This trail is a 1.2 mile loop with interpretive signs. It leads through very beautiful meadows of wildflowers to a view of Nisqually Glacier (except when it is real cloudy and foggy like the day I was last there). The flowers were still pretty and colorful.

    Equipment: Good Hiking Shoes, water, a snack, sunscreen, and a hat

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    Wonderland Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2011

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    The Wonderland Trail circles through the park and is a total of 93 mile in length. It connects with many of the other trails in the park, so you can access it in many different locations.

    Equipment: Good Hiking Shoes, water, a snack, sunscreen, and a hat

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    Box Canyon Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2011

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    This is a short, paved, interpretive trail that leads to the very narrow, 115 foot deep Box Canyon. Nice views and interesting canyon. Much of this trail is accessible.

    Equipment: Good Hiking Shoes, water, sunscreen, and a hat

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    Sourdough Ridge Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2011

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    The Sourdough Ridge Trail also begins near Sunrise Viewpoint. It passes Dege Peak (1.5 miles) and continues on to Sunrise (2.9 miles one way). I only hiked a short portion of this trail.

    Equipment: Good Hiking Shoes, water, a snack, sunscreen, and a hat

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    Palisades Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2011

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    The Palisades Trail is one of two trailheads located near the Sunrise Viewpoint. It leads 3.5 miles (one way) through a very pretty sub-Alpine forest to Upper Palisades Camp near Brown Peak. The trail passes near Sunrise Lake and the shore of Clover Lake (1.5 miles).

    Equipment: Good Hiking Shoes, water, a snack, sunscreen, and a hat

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    Grove of the Patriarchs trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2011

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    Another very nice trail in the park is the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail. This is an interpretive trail through an old growth forest dominated by Douglas firs, Western Redcedars, and Western hemlocks. The trailhead is located near the Stevens Canyon Entrance to the park.

    Equipment: Good Hiking Shoes, water, sunscreen, and a hat

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    Summerland Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2011

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    To me, this is one of the nicest trails along Sunrise Road. The Summerland Trail is 8.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 2100 feet, and is a moderately difficult hike. Summerland is a very nice sub-Alpine and Alpine region that begins just below the tree line. The offers great views of Mount Rainier and Little Tahoma Peak, unless it is cloudy like on this particular visit. I have visited here on a clearer day and the view is spectacular. If you follow along the trail a few miles you will see the upper valley of Frying Pan Creek. This is a great place to spot elk and mountain goats in the proper season.

    Equipment: Good Hiking Shoes, water, a snack, sunscreen, and a hat

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    Owyhigh Lakes Trail

    by Basaic Written Oct 21, 2011

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    The Owyhigh Lakes Trail is 7 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1350 feet if you are going to the lakes. You can keep going on the trail all the way to Ohanapecosh (17 miles one way) if you wish, and this trail intersects others. The trail leads through dense woodland to Owyhigh Lakes. The trailhead is on the left about 3 miles past the White River Entrance.

    Equipment: Good Hiking Shoes, water, a snack, sunscreen, and a hat

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    around and around Rainier

    by richiecdisc Written Nov 4, 2009

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    Mount Rainier National Park is a hiking, backpacking, climbing mecca for good reason. With stunning Mount Rainier as its epicenter, it's no wonder so many people come to climb to its top, hike around its perimeter or just hike in its splendid shadow. With hundreds of miles of trails for all skill levels, get out and enjoy The Mountain up close.

    Equipment: Good hiking boots and warm cushioned socks are a must. Bring layers of synthetics to stay warm and do not forget your rain gear. Coming to tackle the Wonderland Trail? Bring a tent, sleeping bag, mat, cooker and means of treating the water. Climbing the massive one? Contact a guiding company in advance and make sure you are ready. It's not a walk in the park!

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    Hiking

    by goingsolo Written Jul 19, 2004

    The best way to see this park, or any park, is to get out and explore. Ranier has numerous easy to moderate trails that can give you a better perspective on the area and get you away from the roadside congregations and visitor center tourist masses. A permit is required for backcountry hiking, but if you have a couple of days and enough experience to go out there, go and see the seldom explored portions of this beautiful landscape.

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