Recommended Day Hikes

  • Sunrise Rim Trail:  The  five-mile loop  can be reduced to a   three-mile hike. It is also friendly to kids. The 3 mile walk leads to to Yakima Park and the Emmons Overlook. 3 hours estimated round trip.

 

  • Burroughs Mountain Trail: Starts at sunrise viewpoint at the northeast end of the park.  This is also almost 5 miles hike. Great views because this is the highest point you can get by hiking. 2.5 hours estimated round trip.

Longmire Area

Trail

Description of Hike

Trailhead
Location

Distance

Round Trip Time

Trail of the Shadows

Human and natural history come together in the forest and meadows of Longmire. You’ll see a replica of an early homestead cabin and discover the plants and animals that call this area their home.Across the road from the National Park Inn at Longmire0.7 mi/1.1 km
loop trail
20 min

Twin Firs Loop Trail

This short trail passes through old growth forest.Trailhead on road between Nisqually Entrance and Longmire; 2 miles west of Longmire.0.4 mi/0.6 km
loop trail
20 min

Rampart Ridge Trail

This steep loop trail passes through forests and offers ridge top vistas.Follow the Trail of the Shadows, located across the road from the National Park Inn at Longmire, to the trail junction.4.6 mi/7.4 km
loop trail
2.5 hrs

Paradise Area

Trail

Description of Hike

Trailhead
Location

Distance

Round Trip Time

Nisqually Vista Trail

Walk amidst the clouds and see how weather shapes the landscape, plants, and animals of these high-country meadows. Enjoy excellent views of Mount Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier.

NOTE: Trail is being repaired and restored during the summer and fall of 2015. Expect work during weekdays, with temporary closures possible. (posted 7/1/15)

West end of the lower parking lot.1.2 mi/1.9 km
loop trail
45 min

Bench & Snow Lakes Trail

Enjoy two lakes along this one trail. In summer, this area is an excellent place to see bear grass and meadow flowers. The trail is a succession of gradual ups and downs crossing low ridges, reaching Bench Lake after 0.75 mile, then continuing another 0.5 mile to Snow Lake.Stevens Canyon Road, 1.5 miles east of Reflection Lakes2.5 mi/4 km round trip2 hrs

Ohanapecosh Area

Trail

Description of Hike

Trailhead
Location

Distance

Round Trip Time

Life Systems Trail – The Forests & Springs of Ohanapecosh

The quiet green forests of Mount Rainier offer a shady contrast to the windswept high country of the park. Walk under towering Douglas firs & hemlocks to the bubbling waters of the Ohanapecosh Hot Springs.Ohanapecosh Campground, behind visitor center0.5 mi/0.8 km
loop trail
30 min

Silver Falls Trail

The Ohanapecosh River falls majestically 75 feet in a silver spray. Stay on the trail and behind safety barriers. Rocks are wet and slippery. Walk the trail as a loop by crossing the river on the bridge below the falls and return to the campground on the other side of the river.Loop B of the Ohanapecosh Campground3 mi/4.8 km round trip2 hrs

Grove of the Patriarchs Trail

The Ohanapecosh River surrounds an island of towering, thousand-year-old Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Walk the trail to discover the grandeur and peace of this island.Just west of the Stevens Canyon Entrance Station1.3 mi/2.1 km
loop trail
1 hr

Sunrise Area

Trail

Description of Hike

Trailhead
Location

Distance

Round Trip Time

Shadow Lakes Trail

This trail offers views of the White River Valley, Mount Rainier and access to Shadow Lake. Return to Sunrise via the steeper trail to Frozen Lake and Sourdough Ridge or follow the old roadway back to Sunrise.Sunrise parking area3 mi/4.8 km round trip1.5 hrs

Dege Peak via Sourdough Ridge Trail

Enjoy the beautiful subalpine meadows of the Sunrise area. A gentle climb to the ridge top offers breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, with Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Adams in the distance. Stay on trail to protect fragile plants.North side of Sunrise parking area3.4 mi/5.5 km roundtrip2 hrs

Naches Peak Loop Trail

Explore the subalpine flower fields and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier. Late summer and fall brings an abundant supply of huckleberries. Half of the hike is on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Pets are not permitted on the west half of the loop trail which is inside Mount Rainier National Park.Chinook Pass/Tipsoo Lake3.5 mi/5.6 km roundtrip2 hrs

Glacier Basin Trail

In summer, the meadows of the basin are a rainbow of wild flowers. Watch for mountain goats on the surrounding slopes and mountain climbers ascending the Inter Glacier to Camp Schurman. After the first mile, a ½ mile spur trail leads along the Emmons Moraine to a view of the Emmons Glacier, the largest glacier in the lower 48 states. Stay on designated trails to protect fragile plants.White River Campground7 mi/11.3 km4 hrs

Carbon & Mowich Area

Trail

Description of Hike

Trailhead
Location

Distance

Round Trip Time

Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail

Rain forests seldom occur far from coastal areas, making the forest that grows in this valley unique. Use this trail to explore the only true inland rainforest at Mount Rainier.Carbon River entrance of Mount Rainier National Park0.3 mi/0.5 km
loop trail
20 min

Chenuis Falls Trail

Hike this trail to view Chenius Falls. Trail requires crossing the Carbon River on foot logs.Hike the Carbon River Road (3.5 miles) to short Chenuis Falls Trail (0.2 mile).7.4 mi/11.9 km
roundtrip
2.5 hrs

Green Lake Trail

Trail passes through old growth forest to reach Green Lake. Along the trail, view Ranger Falls.Hike the Carbon River Road (3.6 miles) to Green Lake Trail (1.8 miles).10.8 mi/17.4 km
roundtrip
4 hrs

Tolmie Peak Trail

Trail passes through the forest to Eunice Lake, then climbs to the Tolmie Peak fire lookout for views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding areas. Please stay on the trail to avoid damaging the meadows surrounding the lake.Mowich Lake6.5 mi/10.5 km
roundtrip
4 hrs