By Ron C. Judd
In the event you are looking to spend their days within the mountains and their nights again at domestic, no matter if beginner or pro veteran with hundreds of thousands of boot-miles logged, this booklet showcases Mount Rainier's best trails. Revised and up to date, this version studies greater than 50 of the easiest day trails during this wonderfully scenic sector, from Paradise and dawn to the reduce foothills. for every profile the authors comprise transparent instructions; USGS topographical maps; total path scores; most sensible season; certain beneficial properties for canines, motorcycles, and youngsters; exploring strategies; elevation achieve; expected mountain climbing time; and extra. geared up through significant highways, Day Hike! Mount Rainier information the wear performed through fresh harsh winters, updating these trails that experience replaced and supplying choices to interchange those who aren't any longer available. for max at-a-glance usability, every one path is rated on a 1-to-5 hiker scale for scenic perspectives, water components (such as streams and waterfalls), path inhabitants, and enjoyable issue.
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17 Longmire/Cougar Rock 5. 5 hours 535 feet 3,700 feet Easy July through October Entrance fee; no day-hiking passes required; Longmire Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-4453 maps Green Trails No. 269, Mount Rainier West; USGS Mount Rainier West Trail notes Kid-friendly; no dogs or bikes The Hike This trip is a great choice for Rainier visitors willing to trade views of The Mountain for a pleasant, uncrowded river hike with two fine waterfalls on the Paradise River. This is a good foul-weather alternative to Paradise alpine hikes.
13 Longmire/Cougar Rock 4. 5 hours 1,300 feet 4,080 feet Moderate September to October; accessible June to October Permits/contact Entrance fee; no day-hiking passes required; Longmire Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-4453 maps Green Trails No. 269, Mount Rainier West; USGS Mount Rainier West Trail notes No dogs or bikes; okay for kids, but they might get bored The Hike This fairly steep, mostly forested, low-elevation loop on a prominent ridge above the Longmire area serves as a good early season or foul-weather alternative to alpine hikes.
The cloudy-day advantage is obvious: It’s tough to get lost on this route, where the Wonderland Trail crosses the chocolate-milk Nisqually on a series of footlogs before following an old service road at a gentle pace, first parallel to and then away from the raucous river. 4 mile, where the usually crystalclear Paradise River announces itself noisily on the right on its way to the Nisqually. From here the path becomes a more standard trail, often following an old wooden water pipe that once fed an electrical generator below.