Wonderland Trail

Mount Rainier National Park

A 93 mile (150 kilometer) hiking trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier, one of North America's most iconic peaks.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
137 km
Ascent
7.3 km
Descent
7.3 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
756 m
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
12˚
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Description

Built back in 1915 and taking in 22,000 feet (6,700 metres) of elevation gain, this is a tough and historic journey that most hikers complete in 2 weeks-ish. Once underway the trail is rarely flat as it climbs and descends the various flanks of Rainier (including Panhandle Gap, which at 2600 metres is the highest altitude the trail reaches) but the constant effort is rewarded by a continual change of scenery, from deep forested valleys to sub-alpine meadows. There are 18 campsites on the trail, roughly 3 to 7 miles (5 to 11 kilometres) apart and these are unfailingly stunning. Every camp has cleared tent sites, a pit or composting toilet, bear pole for hanging food, and a nearby water source. A backcountry permit, including reservations for designated camping areas, is required to hike the Wonderland Trail and these can be obtained here - https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wilderness-permit.htm.

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

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