There simply is no multi-day hike in the contiguous United States that compares with the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier—because there’s no mountain in the Lower 48 like glacier-clad, 14,410-foot Mount Rainier. Backpacking the Wonderland Trail, one repeatedly sees Rainier fill the horizon at a seemingly unbelievable scale, a sight always thrilling and inspiring. You will cross meadows choked with wildflowers and numerous crystalline creeks and frothing rivers gray with “glacial flour,” pass countless waterfalls and cascades, and likely see mountain goats, marmots, deer, and perhaps black bears.
This e-guide lays out a nine-day, 90.3-mile Wonderland Trail itinerary that I believe most backpackers would find perfect because it hits several of the best backcountry camps and many of the hike’s best vistas at ideal times of day—and spreads out the miles and substantial elevation gain and loss as evenly as possible, including going down (rather than up) the longest and steepest stretches. It also conveniently allows for a food cache almost exactly mid-trip on day four—so you’re never carrying more than five days of food weight.
Slightly shorter than the 93-mile full Wonderland Trail, it includes a common alternate to one section of the Wonderland on the higher and more-scenic Spray Park Trail and begins and finishes on some of the trail’s most glorious miles.
Watch the video below and see my stories “5 Reasons You Must Backpack Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail” and “American Gem: Backpacking Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail,” (the latter requires a paid subscription to my blog to read in full) about the trip described in greater detail in this e-guide.
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