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45 miles

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Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~8500 (+)

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Northern Loop Trail

Washington | Mount Rainier

  • Red Fox in Mount Rainier National National Park.

Activities & Features


Northern Loop Trail is a tremendous backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that is a true wilderness experience for hikers a short drive from Seattle. The park says "this is a long loop hike through the most pristine wilderness of the park, through forests and meadows, over rivers, under a cliff of colorful rocks, near the Natural Bridge, past numerous mountain lakes, in ever-changing views of Mount Rainier and its glaciers." 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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