Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park

Below is a collection of trails in Mount Rainier National Park. These hikes are listed from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, GPS maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. You can also view hikes around Mount Rainier National Park on the Hike Finder Map.

Highlights of Mount Rainier National Park

  • This tremendously scenic 5.5-mile loop explores the slopes of Mount Rainier and should be consider the park's must-do hike.
  • This 6-mile hike visits a fire lookout tower near the summit of Mount Fremont with incredible views over Mount Rainier and the surrounding mountains.
  • This 3.75-mile loop crosses fields of summer wildflowers, passes subalpine lakes, and offers great views of Mount Rainier.
  • This 3-mile loop travels through an old-growth forest to a waterfall on Ohanapecosh River in the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park.

Hiking Mount Rainier

When the sky is blue and summer lupines are booming across the alpine grasses, Mount Rainier is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The park is often blanketed in fog, so if you see the park on a clear day, consider yourself very lucky. There is a lot to see. The 14,411-foot volcano is covered with more glaciers than any other mountain in the lower 48. It is the highest summit in the Cascade Mountain Range and all of Washington. According to wikipedia:

[Mount Rainier] is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United states … [and] is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.

On a visit to Mount Rainier, you can see old-growth forests, meadows of wildflowers, and fields of snow, all at the base of a dauntingly beautiful mountain. The nearest trailheads to Mount Rainier are called Paradise and Sunrise, where there are also historic lodges and visitor centers. To summit Mount Rainier requires technical climbing and is best attempted through a guide service. Mount Rainier National Park was the nation’s fifth national park, born on March second, 1899. The park protects 368 square miles of Central Washington and offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails.

Trail
Description
Distance
Lat, Long
Mount Fremont Lookout550Mount Fremont Lookout Trail
This out and back hike visits a fire lookout tower near the summit of Mount Fremont with incredible views over Mount Rainier and the surrounding mountains.
6 miles
800 feet
46.914598,
-121.642045
Mount Rainier Naches Peak600Naches Peak Loop Trail
This colorful loop crosses fields of summer wildflowers, passes subalpine lakes, and offers great views of Mount Rainier.
3.75 miles
575 feet
46.869727,
-121.520033
Mount Rainier Skyline Trail650Skyline Trail
This tremendously scenic loop on the slopes of Mount Rainier is consider the park's must-do hike.
5.5 miles
1,625 feet
46.786691,
-121.734536
Mount Rainier Silver Falls700Silver Falls Loop Trail
This loop travels through an old-growth forest to a waterfall on Ohanapecosh River in the southeast corner of the park.
3 miles
300 feet
46.733677,
-121.569312
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Skyline Trail Mount Rainier National Park hike Washington Paradise Panorama Point
There may be no better hike in Mount Rainier National Park than Skyline Trail. The hike begins from Paradise, a perfectly named destination on the southern slope of Mount Rainier. Loop up to Panorama Point, a stunning viewpoint that is about as close to the summit of Rainier as you can get without an ice ax. The trail passes snowfields, streams, waterfalls, and fields... Read more.
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Distance: 5.5 miles – Elevation change: 1625 feet
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Camping Mount Rainier National Park campgrounds Washington
Mount Rainier National Park has three main campgrounds with over 450 campsites. The campgrounds are located in the southwest, southeast, and northeast corners of the park near the most popular hiking areas. Backcountry camping is also an option, by permit only. Visit the official Mount Rainier National Park camping page for more information.  Campgrounds in... Read more.
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Mount Freemount Lookout Trail Mount Rainier National Park hike Washington Sunrise Frozen Lake Sourdough Ridge trek
Mount Fremont houses the nearest fire lookout tower to Mount Rainier. On a clear day, the lookout promises some of the park's best views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding Cascade Mountains. The 6-mile round trip hike from the Sunrise Lodge and Visitor Center to Mount Fremont Lookout is exceptionally scenic and fulfilling, with 800 feet of elevation gain.Lupines in... Read more.
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Distance: 6 miles – Elevation change: 800 feet
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Naches Peak Loop Trail Mount Rainier National Park hiking Washington wildflower hike
The bloom of wildflowers on Naches Peak Loop is the #1 draw to this trail. An extraordinary carpet of purple lupines and other colorful flowers appearing along this trail each summer. The fact that Naches Peak Loop stands out among other trails in Mount Rainier National Park, which has lots of great places to see wildflowers, tells you that this trail is something... Read more.
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Silver Falls Trail Mount Rainier National Park hike Washington hike Ohanapecosh campground
If you are itching to hike through a forest that is a postcard of the northwest, Silver Falls Loop Trail is for you. To make things even better, the 3-mile circuit (with 300 feet of elevation gain) also visits a thundering 70-foot waterfall on Ohanapecosh River. This is a premier woodland hike in the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park.Depart from... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 3, 2014