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16 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~2100 (+)

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Emerald Ridge Trail

Washington | Mount Rainier

  • Cascade Aster in Mount Rainier National Park.

Activities & Features


Emerald Ridge Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that features truly breathtaking mountain views. This Trail travels roughly 9 miles on road and 7 miles on trail. Hikers can spend the night at the South Puyallup River Camp which is near the junction with the Wonderland Trail. The park says "about 1.5 miles up the trail look for high columns of andesite. These hexagonal columns were formed during the cooling process after hot lava flowed through the valley thousands of years ago. Atop Emerald Ridge, the vegetation changes from forest to subalpine. Hikers may enjoy superb views of the Tahoma Glacier and Mount Rainier." Mount Rainier has plenty of camping available. Cougar Rock Campground is located in the southwest section of the park, Ohanapecosh Campground is in the southeast, White River is in the northeast section and Mowich Lake is a small tent only campground in the northwest section of Mount Rainier.

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Contact: Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Ave East Ashford, WA 98304

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