Mountaineers four-day backpack along the Northern Loop in Mount Rainier National Park. A lot of elevation gain and loss. Absolutely superb views. Wonderful company.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Nancy Jordan, and Rita Campbell.
- Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes, by Craig Romano
- Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland Trail, No. 269S
A spectacularly rugged and wild loop through the northern hinterlands of Mount Rainier National Park, this trip packs a wilderness wallop! Traverse parkland meadows, alpine tundra, old-growth forest, glacial moraine, high passes and low valleys. Witness raging creeks, placid lakes, massive glaciers, and unsurpassed natural beauty. Experience much of it without the crowds that usually populate the Wonderland Trail.
From Enumclaw, drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Veer right onto the Sunrise Road and follow it 17 miles west to the large parking lot and visitor center at the road’s end. Note: Sunrise Road usually doesn’t open until early July.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (46.9146, -121.6423)
National Park Entry Fee or Pass required.
40.40 miles, 10828 ft. gain, 3 days 6 hrs 10 min.