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Coordinates: 46°52′08″N 121°39′33″W / 46.8689°N 121.6592°W / 46.8689; -121.6592

Wonderland Trail
CowlitzDivide.JPG
The Cowlitz Divide portion of the trail, in the southeastern portion of the park, offers many views of Mt. Rainier and its numerous glaciers.
Length 93 miles (150 km)[1][2]
Location Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, United States
Trailheads Longmire
Mowich Lake
Ipsut Creek Camp Ground
Sunrise parking area
White River Camp Ground
Fryingpan Creek Trailhead
Box Canyon
Reflection Lakes
Cougar Rock
Use Hiking
Elevation
Elevation gain/loss 22,000 feet (6,700 m) gain approximately[1]
Highest point Panhandle Gap
6,750 feet (2,060 m)[3]
Lowest point Ipsut Creek Campground
2,320 feet (710 m)[1]
Hiking details
Season Summer to early Fall
Months Mid-July through late September
Website nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/the-wonderland-trail.htm

The Wonderland Trail is an approximately 93 mile (150 km)[1][2] hiking trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, United States. The trail goes over many ridges of Mount Rainier for a cumulative 22,000 feet (6,700 m) of elevation gain.[1] The trail was built in 1915.[3] In 1981, it was designated a National Recreation Trail.[4] An estimated 200 to 250 people a year complete the entire trail[1] with several thousand others doing shorter sections of it. The average time taken to complete the entire trip is 10 to 14 days.[3]

The Trail[edit]

The trail is entirely within the national park and passes through major life zones of the park, from lowland forests to subalpine meadows of wildflowers. As the trail circles the mountain, hikers see different faces of Mount Rainier, carved by 25 named glaciers.

The trail is considered strenuous as it is almost always climbing or descending the ridges around the mountain. The highest point is 6,750 feet (2,060 m) at Panhandle Gap.[3]

A footbridge, on the southern portion of the trail, spans the Nisqually River.

There are many river crossings on the trail including two suspension bridges. Many of the rivers are crossed on primitive log bridges which can wash away during heavy rain or when there is a lot of snow melt in the rivers. Most of the bridges washed away during a major storm in November 2006, so the trail was impassable (and closed) to hikers through most of 2007.

The main hiking season is late summer, which is often dry and sunny. However, Mount Rainier's high elevation and proximity to the Pacific Ocean can also bring moisture as rain or snow to the trail. In many years, the Wonderland Trail is still mostly snow-covered during June and early July.

The traditional route between Mowich Lake and the Carbon River is via Ipsut Pass and Ipsut Creek. Many people take an alternative route across Spray Park and Seattle Park, a higher elevation route that often lies under snow until late August.[5]

Complete trail descriptions may be found in a variety of trailbooks.[1][3][6]

Camping[edit]

Little Tahoma, on the east flank of Mount Rainier, looms over the Wonderland Trail where it crosses Fryingpan Creek.

Camping along the Wonderland Trail is extremely popular throughout the summer and wilderness camping reservations are essential for many of the most popular campsites. Eighteen trailside camps, 3 to 7 miles (5 to 11 km) apart, are located along the Wonderland Trail. Each camp has 1 to 8 sites for 1 to 5 persons per site. These sites will hold at most 2 tents. Parties requiring space for 3 or more tents must camp in a group site. Group sites are available at certain camps for parties of 6 to 12 persons. These sites typically hold 3-5 tents. Each camp has cleared tent sites, a pit or composting toilet, bear pole for hanging food, and a nearby water source.

Wilderness Camping Permits[edit]

A backcountry permit, including reservations for designated camping areas, is required to hike the Wonderland Trail. Advance reservations for permits can normally be submitted starting March 15 each year, with a lottery normally taking place on April 1 to attempt to meet the permit requests of as many as possible.

Due to the damage suffered as the result of a flood in November 2006 the park service did not accept reservations for the 2007 summer season for attempts to hike the entire Wonderland Trail. The trail was reopened on August 3, 2007 after extensive work by the park service, the Washington Conservation Corps, Student Conservation Association and 1,700 volunteers.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Filley, Bette (2002). Discovering the Wonders of the Wonderland Trail: Encircling Mount Rainier (5th edition). Dunamis House. p. 52. ISBN 1-880405-09-1. 
  2. ^ a b "Wonderland Trail Profile" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Spring, Ira; Manning, Harvey (1999). 50 Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. The Mountaineers. ISBN 0-89886-572-7. 
  4. ^ "Wonderland". American Trails. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  5. ^ Spring, Ira; Manning, Harvey (1998). 100 Classic Hikes in Washington. The Mountaineers. ISBN 0-89886-586-7. 
  6. ^ Smoot, Jeffrey L. (1991). Adventure Guide to Mount Rainier: Hiking, Climbing and Skiing in Mt. Rainier National Park. Falcon. ISBN 0-934641-40-4. 
  7. ^ Wood, Terry (October 4, 2007). "Volunteer labor worth $1 million-plus helps rebuild Mount Rainier trails". Special to The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 

External links[edit]


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The Olympian
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:35:59 -0700

Lightning strikes overnight Monday on Mount Rainier ignited two wildfires — one near Sunrise — prompting the closure of part of the Wonderland Trail, the national park announced Tuesday. The Shadow Lake backcountry fire was half an acre and burning ...
 
Nisqually Valley News
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:11:15 -0700

The Wonderland Trail between White River Campground and Sunrise is closed as a safety precaution. An alternate route is recommended via Glacier Basin and Second Burroughs. Sunrise Camp, White River Campground and Sunrise remain open.
 
Voice of the Valley
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Starting on the Wonderland Trail at Mowich Lake (Mt Rainier Nat Park) hike through old growth forest to Spray Fall, continue on to Spray Park & return to Mowich Lake (the largest & deepest lake in the park). About 5 mi round trip with 1500' of ...
 
Reno Gazette Journal
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0700

Candice Burt vividly recalls the time she stared down a mountain lion on the Wonderland Trail in Washington. It was her second-toughest challenge that day. The toughest was finishing what she set out to do, complete the 93-mile trail in the fastest ...

KING5.com

KING5.com
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:46:23 -0700

Deputy Superintendent Tracy Swartout says there's still no sign of Edwin Birch, who went missing last weekend while hiking the popular 93-mile Wonderland Trail. She says no air searches are planned Friday but six people on the ground are focusing on ...

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:03:45 -0700

In addition to the Appalachian (approximately 2,200 miles), she has also backpacked on such trails as the Colorado Trail (486 miles), the John Muir Trail in California (210 miles), the Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier (93 miles) and, most recently ...
 
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:25:00 -0700

The Wonderland Trail snakes steeply down the pass to the Carbon River. It's a pretty spot. After soaking in the views, turn around and head toward Eunice Lake. The trail drops somewhat steeply before climbing up to Eunice Lake. The trail is moderately ...

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The Columbian
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:05:32 -0700

La Ruffa has hiked the Appalachian Trail (2,180 miles), Allegheny Highlands trail (330 miles), John Muir trail in California (211 miles), Wonderland trail around Mount Rainier (97 miles) and Tahoe Rim trail (175 miles). “I needed another trail that's ...
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