Wonderland Trail at Mt. Rainier National Park
Encircle Mt. Rainier as you wind your way up and down over deep canyons, along valley floors and across magnificent rivers fed by the 24 glaciers found on this majestic mountain. A network of trails with awe-inspiring views form a fabric of experiences to last for a lifetime.
The Wonderland Trail first became known in 1921 and has become the goal to complete this loop by nearly every hiker who comes to Mt. Rainier. You will travel a distance of 93 miles in 10-14 days. Each section of the trail offers new terrain and challenges, but the loop trip offers rewards making every step worthwhile. Although there are multiple starting points, the most popular begins at Longmire and then proceeds into fields of wildflowers at Indian Henry’s Hunting Grounds. Sunsets, meadows, and views of the Mountain will carry you forward on your journey. Waterfalls, glaciers and the shadows of the old growth forests leave a lasting impression of beauty, nature and serenity for all who share this experience.
- Fee Required
- Interpretive Signage
- Seasonal Availability July through September
- Trained Guides/Guided Tours/Self-Guided Tours Available
(Photos courtesy of Ben Tobin & Washington State Tourism)
A place for Refuge and Recreation
The Central Cascades has seven themes that help to define the character of the region. This location is an example of A place for Refuge and Recreation. Here are more locations that exemplify this theme: