Wonderland Trail

Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park: Address, Phone Number, Wonderland Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Wonderland Trail
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A 94-mile trail which goes around Mount Rainier.
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Elsa C. L
New York City, NY2,028 contributions
Foggy on 12 July 2019
Jul. 2019 • Friends
Although Wonderland Trail was not as entertaining as the Silver Forest Trail, I may have been fortunate to have taken two pictures of Mt. Rainier when the fog was not covering it (ref. 1st and 5th pictures uploaded). One got only seconds of a chance to see the summit due to clouds and fog.
Request: Would someone please comment whether or not what I captured was Mt. Rainier? Thank you.

There is a beautiful green meadow, which will likely be blanketed by wildflowers in another two weeks, a pink wildflower that we did not see in the Silver Forest Trail and the Shadow Lake. A few minutes after I took these two pictures of the lake, fog descended on the lake and no trees were visible. That’s amazing!

The Glacier Overlook no longer presented glaciers at this time. There were only a few traces of snow.
Written 11 July 2019
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19611959lola
Brookfield, WI12 contributions
Bucket list trip
Aug. 2018 • Friends
93 miles, 26000 ft of elevation gain, 10 days of life changing beautiful serenity. My wife said I came back a different person. Hard work but worth every second, just don’t hurry it, consume it!
Written 20 May 2019
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Kathy M
Columbus, OH145 contributions
Rampart trail
May 2019 • Couples
There were 3 trails you could take here and w choose the Rampart Ridge Trail because it was only 1.7 mi. This was an easy trail; however, most of the trail lacked the scenery we experienced on the other trails.
Written 18 May 2019
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Chuck G
Minneapolis, Minnesota198 contributions
This Hike Will Challenge and Inspire You
Sep. 2018 • Couples
Last April we applied for, and received, a permit to hike the Wonderland Trail - a 93-mile hike that encircles the base of Mount Rainier. The trail itself has more than 23,000 feet of elevation, so we knew it would challenge us throughout our nine days and nights of backpacking. On Sept. 4, we made our way to Mount Rainier National Park for our second visit in four years...this time to really get to know the park and its ecosystem.

Our adventure started from the White River Campground in the northeast section of the park. We were fortunate enough to get a schedule of camp assignments that allowed us to "ease into" our multi-day hike. Night one was at Summerland. Night two was spent at Indian Bar and night three was at Nickel Creek. The entire east portion of the Wonderland provides amazing views of Rainier and includes Panhandle Gap, which is incredible terrain. But because we only covered 18 miles in our first three days on the trail, we had a lot of mileage to trek to complete our adventure in the six remaining days ahead.

From Nickel Creek, we stayed at Cougar Rock Campground on night four. The next day, we resupplied at Longmire and then busted out all of our energy to get to the South Puyallup camp site. From there, we hiked to Golden Lakes for night six - and that's when it started raining. Our first six days of hiking had included just a few sprinkles. But it hadn't rained on the northern stretch of the Wonderland Trail for two months and Mother Nature decided it was time.

We woke up to rain on Day seven and hiked in intermittent showers to Mowich Lake, where we picked up our second cache of food for the final leg of the trip. We continued on to Eagles Roost where we were forced to set up camp in the rain. On day eight, we woke up to cloudy skies and made our way across a snow field in Mist Park (in sleet and rain) on our way to Carbon River. There, the sun broke out and we began to dry out, but our day wasn't done. Our final camp was at Mystic and by the time we rolled in, we were in another deluge of rain and 40-degree temperatures. With hypothermia a serious threat, we quickly set up tents in the rain (again) and settled into our sleeping bags at 6 p.m. to get warm.

On our final day, we hiked from Mystic back to White River. On this last stretch of trail, it snowed on us at Skyscraper Pass and the snow turned to rain as we descended toward Sunrise Campground. The rain kept annoying our final 2.7 miles to White River and our car. But, we had completed the entire Wonderland Trail on schedule!

The park rangers at MtRNP do an excellent job accommodating campsite requests - so if you're lucky enough to get a trail permit, but it isn't exactly as you hoped for, don't fear - just ask the ranger at check-in for the sites you would like and see what happens. We changed our camp permit twice (once at check in at White River, and once at Longmire).

Be sure to send food caches to save weight in your backpack. And, keep in mind, that every ounce matters when you're hiking 8 to 12 days in a row! We left lots of great food in the "free" hikers boxes because we simply didn't want to carry the extra weight - only taking what we were sure to need.

Lastly, pack good rain gear and consider wearing trail runners vs. hiking boots. We both wore Altra Lone Peak 3.5s and packed a pair of lightweight sandals that we could also wear on easier parts of the trail if needed.
Written 24 September 2018
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m y
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A great trail with breathtaking views at Mount Rainier National Park
Aug. 2018 • Friends
It took me 4.5 days to complete 105 km on the Wonderland Trail. I was 2.5 days short and 45 km shy to finish up the entire Trail. This is a great trail with excellent views to see the different angle of the Mountain. There are many water resources, however, you definitely need to be well prepared to avoid being bitten by those nasty mosquitoes.
Written 30 August 2018
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OliverBxx
Amberg, Germany233 contributions
Great Trail, nice views
Jul. 2018 • Couples
We hiked on the Wonderland Trail and it was really awesome: We had good views to the Mt. Rainier and ist glaciers. The Trail is very good walkable, besides the snowfields which can sometimes appear.
We connected our hike with the Sourdough Ridge Trail which brings you to the Frozen Lake (Amazing!!) back to the Visitor Center. This way is walkable in roughly 2-3 hs.
Written 24 July 2018
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Sabrina A
Texas City, TX63 contributions
we never found it!!!
Jun. 2018 • Family
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 road going towards longmire is closed as well and the only way to the other side is another 3 hrs drive . so being a trooper we did this. paid our fee and drove up to paradise valley breath taking but along this way I wanted to find the wonderland trail and walk it to reflection lake . that was my must picture that's why I came to tjis park. but we never found it. we never seen signs for trails except one four fern trail or something. it got dark so we left after our 5 he drive n a big cup of disappointment. this park needs to have things signed a lot better and sign telling when you enter what roads are closed and trails ECT. the view of mount Rainer was beautiful. so I pretty paid to let my boys play in the snow n see some wild life. but we did see some of the bluest water we have ever seen. also I did get some amazing shots. but not my number 1 I came for.
Written 6 June 2018
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,743 contributions
Excellent trail at Mt Rainier National Park
Jul. 2017 • Solo
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 it with a day hike. The views are incredible
Written 17 July 2017
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OrsonCorson
Olympia, WA22 contributions
Great Scenes
Jul. 2017 • Family
When you go on a hike it's nice to have stuff to look at besides just the viewpoint. This trail has so much. Waterfalls, trees that are as high as the sky, plants that seem like they're from another planet and beautiful moss. The trail is pretty moderate. Sometimes I was wishing for an easier trail though. Moments had me wondering if I was in worse shape than I thought. It's demanding for for a non hiker after a few miles. I wasn't climbing or jumping from rock to rock, but the incline and decline are not always low in pitch either.
Written 30 June 2017
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Heatherly Nicole
LA - CA49 contributions
Beautiful Hike
Jun. 2017 • Couples
Absolutely gorgeous trail that gets little steep in some areas but the payoff is worth it. A great variety of terrain- rocky trail, water crossing on a bridge made from a log, steep climb through the forest trees, and beautiful flowing waterfalls.
Written 27 June 2017
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