Glacier Basin Trail (MRNP)

  • Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier in MRNP.


Dogs No

7 (miles)


Out & Back

~1280 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


Mount Rainier

Glacier Basin Trail is a moderate day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park. This trail leads hikers to spectacular views of Emmons Glacier. Backcountry camping is available at the Glacier Basin Camp site. The park says "one mile beyond the trailhead is a junction with the Emmons Moraine Trail. This one-mile round-trip spur trail leads to a viewpoint which overlooks the Emmons Glacier, the largest glacier in the 48 contiguous United States. From Glacier Basin, look for mountain goats on the surrounding slopes and climbers ascending the Inter Glacier to Steamboat Prow." 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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Entrance, Camping and Backcountry Fees
Contact: Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Ave East Ashford, WA 98304

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