Mount Rainier National Park Hiking Trails


Mount Rainier National Park Hiking Trails

Mount Rainier National Park has more than 260 miles of trails that weave throughout the park. Visitors will find hikes suitable for every age and ability. Hikers can expect to pass through lush old-growth forests, through meadows bursting with colorful displays of wildflowers, by crystal clear mountain streams, past cascading waterfalls and glaciers that hug the flanks of Mount Rainier.

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Best Easy Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park
Best Moderate Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park
Best Difficult Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park

Best Easy Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier offers many easy hiking trails for visitors with small children or the elderly. These hikes lead to beautiful waterfalls, weave amongst old-growth forests and feature stunning scenery and are short in length. Several of these hikes are fully wheelchair accessible.

Grove of the Patriarchs Trail

1.3 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Grove of the Patriarchs Trail in Mount Rainier National Park is the perfect hike for those traveling with small children or the elderly.

Nisqually Vista Trail

1.2 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Nisqually Vista Trail is the perfect hike for those traveling with small children. It's a short loop that still offers spectacular views of Mount Rainier.

Shadow Lake Trail (MRNP)

3 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

~175 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Shadow Lake Trail is short hike that great for those traveling with kids. While short in distance, this trail more than makes up for it with big scenery.

Twin Firs Loop (MRNP)

0.4 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Twin Firs Trail is short loop hike that is perfect for those traveling with small children. Along the way make sure to take in the old growth forest.

Trail of the Shadows (MRNP)

0.7 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Trail of the Shadows is a very easy hike in Mount Rainier National Park. This trail is perfect for those hiking with small children or the elderly.

Life Systems Trail (MRNP)

0.5 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Life Systems Trail is a very easy hike in Mount Rainier National Park. This trail is a great choice for those hiking with small children or the elderly.

Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail

0.3 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail is a very easy hike in Mount Rainier National Park that is perfect for kids or the elderly.

Chenuis Falls Trail

1 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Chenuis Falls Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads to a beautiful waterfall a short drive from Seattle.

Best Moderate Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park

If you are looking for a little bit more of a challenge or want to get away from the crowds these moderate hiking trails in Mount Rainier may be for you. These trails are mostly between 3 and 8 miles in length and offer hikers a chance to get off the beaten path and explore the backcountry beauty of Mount Rainier.

Bench & Snow Lake Trail

2.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~700 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Bench & Snow Lake Trail is a easy hike in Mount Rainier National Park that offers hikers pristine mountain scenery.

Burroughs Mountain Trail

7 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~900 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Burroughs Mountain Trail is a tough hike in Mount Rainier National Park that rewards hiker with breath-taking mountain scenery.

Comet Falls Trail

3.8 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~900 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

The hike to Comet Falls is must do in Mount Rainier National Park. The trail takes hikers to one of the highest waterfalls in the park.

Lake George Trail (MRNP)

8.8 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~390 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Lake George Trail is a great hike in Mount Rainier National Park to a beautiful mountain lake, without a bunch of elevation gain.

Silver Falls Trail (MRNP)

3 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~300 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Silver Falls Trail is great hike for those traveling with children. The trail leads to one of Mount Rainier's prettiest waterfalls.

Spray Park Trail

6 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1300 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Spray Park Trail in Mount Rainier National Park is an incredible hike that offers some of the best views on Mount Rainier in the park.

Tolmie Peak Trail

6.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1010 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Tolmie Peak Trail offer truly stunning views Mount Rainier and has meadows saturated with wildflowers.

Pinnacle Peak Trail (MRNP)

2.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1050 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Pinnacle Peak Trail is a moderate hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers to tremendous mountain vistas.

Rampart Ridge Trail

4.6 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~1325 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Rampart Ridge Trail is a moderate hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers through thick lush forest and offers amazing scenery.

Skyline Trail (MRNP)

5.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~1700 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Skyline Trail is a moderate hike in Mount Rainier National Park that winds through wildflower-saturated meadows to incredible mountain views.

Van Trump Park Trail

5.6 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~2200 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Van Trump Park Trail is a moderate hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers through stunning mountain scenery.

Glacier Basin Trail (MRNP)

7 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1280 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

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.

Naches Peak Loop Trail

3.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~550 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Naches Peak Loop Trail is a kid friendly hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers past phenomenal views of Mount Rainier.

Owyhigh Lakes Trail

7 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1350 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a moderate hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers to several alpine lakes.

Dege Peak via Sourdough Ridge Trail

3.4 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~625 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Dege Peak via Sourdough Ridge Trail is a kid friendly day hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers through incredible mountain scenery.

Best Difficult Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park features a network of rugged backcountry trails that lead to some of the park’s scenic areas that are inaccessible or seldom visited by most park visitors.  Hikers can expect quite a bit of elevation gain on these longer hikes but will be rewarded with lifetime memories for their efforts. Many of these trails also make great overnight or multiday backpacking trips. Make sure to check with rangers and get your permit if you plan on camping in the backcountry.

Gobblers Knob Trail

12.8 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~1600 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Gobblers Knob Trail in Mount Rainier is a tremendous hike that provides hikers with sweeping views of the Cascades, a pristine mountain lake bursting with trout and abundant wildlife.

Crystal Lake Trail (MRNP)

6 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~2300 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

The Crystal Lake Trail in Mount Rainier National Park is a tough hike but rewards with abundant wildlife.

Green Lake Trail (MRNP)

10.8 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~1000 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Green Lake Trail in Mount Rainier National Park is fantastic trail that gives hikers amazing views of a mountain lake, a waterfall and old growth forest.

Klapatche Park Trail

19.2 (miles)

 Strenuous

Loop

~1700 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Klapatche Park Trail in Mount Rainier is a bucket list hike that leads hikers through wildflower saturated meadows and offer great views Mount Rainier.

Palisades Lake Trail (MRNP)

7 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~1200 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Palisades Lake Trail is a great hike in Mount Rainier National Park that is bursting with wildlife and wildflowers.

Shriner Peak Trail

8 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~3450 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Shriner Peak Trail in Mount Rainier NP has it all, Wildlife, sweeping views and solitude.

Carbon Glacier Trail

17 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~1640 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Carbon Glacier Trail in Mount Rainier National Park is a tough hike that can be completed in one long day or extended into a backpacking trip.

Golden Lake Trail

20.4 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~1900 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Golden Lake Trail in Mount Rainier is either an epic day hike or backpacking trip. The trail is long but its tremendous scenery make every switchback step well worth it.

Lake James Trail (MRNP)

22 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~3450 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Lake James Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that features beautiful scenery.

Moraine Park Trail

21 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~3740 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Moraine Park Trail Mystic Lake Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that winds through tremendous mountain scenery.

Mystic Lake Trail (MRNP)

20.8 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~3900 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Mystic Lake Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers through awe-inspiring mountain scenery.

Northern Loop Trail

45 (miles)

 Strenuous

Loop

~8500 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

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.

Eagle Peak Trail (MRNP)

7.2 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~2955 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Eagle Peak Trail is a tough hike in Mountain Rainier National Park that rewards hikers with old growth forests and tremendous mountain scenery.

Emerald Ridge Trail

16 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~2100 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Emerald Ridge Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that features truly breathtaking mountain views.

Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground via Kautz Creek

11.5 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~3000 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Indian Henry's Hunting Ground via Kautz Creek is a tough hike in Mount Rainier National Park that winds through stunning scenery.

Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground via Longmire

13 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~2400 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Indian Henry's Hunting Ground via Longmire is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that passes through breathtaking scenery.

Mystic Lake via Sunrise Trail

21.8 (miles)

 Strenuous

Out & Back

~2700 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Mystic Lake via Sunrise Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip. The 22-mile hike ends with amazing views of Mount Rainier reflecting in Mystic Lake.

Summerland Trail

8.4 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~2100 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Washington

Mount Rainier

Summerland Trail is a difficult day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that features tremendous scenery and wildlife.