Epic Views. Up close and personal to a volcano. That’s Mount Rainier National Park for you! The epic Washington National Park offers hikers and visitors some of the most magical views you can find in Washington without the foot-numbing hiking needed in other parts of the state.
Let’s dive into the best hikes at Mount Rainier National Park.
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1. Burroughs Mountain
If you’re looking to get close to Mt. Rainier from the Sunrise Visitor Center side, this is your hike. While most people head to Fremont Lookout, few head to Burroughs, which means you’ll have it relatively to yourself.
If you want a longer trek, visit the Second or Third Burroughs for incredible views! Overall, it’s one of the best hikes at Mount Rainier.
2. Skyline Loop Trail
It’s probably the most popular hike on the Paradise Visitor Center side. It’s a six-mile trail that takes you through stunning wildflowers and lush forests, and then onto the rocky Mt. Rainier side. It’s no wonder it’s so popular!
3. Fremont Peak Lookout
One of the best places for sunset in Mount Rainier National Park. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker and the Canadian border. It’s usually crowded on the weekends, but it’s incredibly worth it and one of the best hikes at Mount Rainier!
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4. High Rock Lookout
This is just outside the park’s southern entrance, so you’re not technically in the national park. Still, it’s gorgeous and may have the best bang for your buck views of all the hikes.
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5. Naches Peak Loop
This moderate loop is unbelievably beautiful in August during prime wildflower season. The array of colors and views will blow you away!
Hiking Gear for Mt. Rainier National Park
- Wool base layer to keep you warm: Men’s and Women’s
- Nice comfy fleece as a mid-layer: Men’s and Women’s
- Down Jacket for extra warmth: Men’s and Women’s
- Comfy yet durable pants: Men’s and Women’s
- Rain jacket: Men’s and Women’s
- Wool Socks: Men’s and Women’s
- Sturdy Hiking Shoes: Men’s and Women’s
- Midsized hiking backpack: 20L, 25L, 30L
6. Dege Peak
A short yet steep hike offers phenomenal views of Rainier and 360-degree views of Central Washington. It’s perfect for sunset and watching the stars come out.
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7. Tolmie Peak Lookout
Tolmie Peak Lookout is easily one of the best hikes at Mount Rainier, thanks to its stunning views and relatively doable trail. While it roller coasters with a decent ascent at the end, most hikers shouldn’t have trouble with it.
8. Camp Muir
Welcome to Mt. Rainier Basecamp. Camp Muir is a heckuva hike, measuring 9 miles and 4,600 feet of gain, with most of it on a snowfield. But if you’re looking for a challenge and incredible views at the top, this is your destination.
9. Spray Park
Spray Park is a mesmerizing hiking location that gets far fewer visitors than you’d expect. It’s a long hike (8-12 miles round trip, depending on your turnaround spot) but has stellar wildflowers and Mt. Rainer views. Also, keep your eyes peeled for bears, as they love this area.
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