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Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes

10.04.17

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  • Spray Park and Mount Rainier (14,411').- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Paradise Park, Skyline Trail: Passing over a stream stemming from Paradise Glacier.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier sunset from Gobblers Knob lookout tower.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Hikers along Eunice Lake's shore under Tolmie Peak.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • View south toward Eunice Lake and Mount Rainier (14,411') from Tolmie Peak.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Hoary marmot (Marmota caligata) chewing on a hiker's old sock at Paradise Park.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Paradise Park, Skyline Trail: View south to the Tatoosh Range, Goat Rocks and Mount Adams.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') from Eagle Cliff viewpoint en route to Spray Falls + Park.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Paradise Park, Skyline Trail: A climber departing for Camp Muir.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Spray Falls.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Spray Falls.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Spray Park and Mount Rainier (14,411').- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Trail leading up to the first Burrough from Sunrise with Curtis Ridge and the Willis Wall dominating the view.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • View northeast toward the Mount Freemont Lookout Tower (7,181'), another great day hike.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') and Little Tahoma Peak (11,138') along the Burroughs Mountain Trail.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • George Lake en route to Gobblers Knob, Mount Rainier National Park.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • George Lake en route to Gobblers Knob, Mount Rainier National Park.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • The Gobblers Knob lookout tower.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') and Nisqually Glacier from Paradise Park, Skyline Trail.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') panoramic view from Burroughs Mountain.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Panoramic view of Mount Rainier (14,411') and Mount Wow (6,030') from Gobblers Knob.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Tolmie Peak lookout tower and Mount Rainier (14,411').- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') from Summerland.- Mount Rainier's 7 Best Day Hikes
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When it comes to exploring the Cascade Range, it doesn't get much better than these 7 day hikes within Mount Rainier National Park:

Burroughs Mountain Trail

Location: NE side of Mount Rainier at Sunrise
Distance: 6.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

From Sunrise you’ll depart toward massive Tahoma, with the imposing Willis Wall constantly in front of you and Emmons Glacier (Mount Rainier’s largest) at your side. The ascent to the final burrough takes you into what's a nearly lifeless environment at 7,402 feet. This point is also the highest point accessible by trail in Mount Rainier National Park.

Sunrise Rim Trail

Location: NE side of Mount Rainier at Sunrise

Distance: 5.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 800 feet

The Sunrise Rim Trail is an alternate loop option to reach the stunning views at Burroughs Mountain. The trail offers panoramic vistas and is somewhat less traveled than other hikes in the Sunrise area. If you're not interested in the full 5.7-mile loop, there is a 3-mile, kid-friendly stroll to Yakima Park and the Emmons Overlook.  

Spray Park + Falls

Location: NW side of Mount Rainier near Mowich Lake
Distance: 7.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet

This hike takes you through a broad alpine oasis full of lupine, western bistort, various aster and paintbrush. You will also pass by 354-foot Spray Falls. Keep an eye out for bears in this area; they are known to frequent this amazing subalpine paradise.

Paradise Park, Skyline Trail

Location: South side of Mount Rainier’s at Paradise
Distance: 5.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet

On this hike, streams turn to creeks that cascade over volcanic rock, creating lush wildflower-filled alpine meadows. Visitors are greeted by the high-pitched chirp of hoary marmots and pikas. And the views are incredible. Under the massive presence of Mount Rainier, you’ll see Mount Adams, Goat Rocks, and the gnarly Tatoosh Range.

Gobblers Knob + Lake George

Location: Remote west side of Mount Rainier
Distance: 11.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,635 feet

With the closure of the Westside Road, Mount Rainier’s western reaches have become the most remote part of the national park. This makes it the perfect place to see wildlife. After hiking 3.7 miles on the old gravel road (which can also be mountain biked), a trail climbs to opal-hued Lake George; it's the perfect place for a swim. Afterward, scale the craggy outcropping to the top of Gobblers Knob, a fire lookout perch with jaw-dropping sunset views. In all, this is a great backpacking trip to consider in Mount Rainier National Park.

Tolmie Peak Hike

Location: NW side of Mount Rainier near Mowich Lake
Distance: 5.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 990 feet

Named after Doctor William Tolmie of Fort Nisqually, this 5,939-foot peak rises above Eunice Lake to create one of the national park’s most dramatic views, and hence its popularity. Be prepared for a bumpy ride to get to the trailhead; the access road to the Mowich Lake Trailhead area requires 17 miles of gravel road driving.

Summerland

Location: NW side of Mount Rainier 
Distance: 11 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,950 feet

June through August is the perfect time of year to make your way up Summerland as the wild flowers are in full bloom and the wildlife is vibrant and abundant. Most of the trail consists of rolling terrain before a final series of switchbacks that climbs to the Summerland shelter. 

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