Mount Rainier Northern Loop, Washington
- Hike through pristine wilderness
- View a natural bridge, cross a suspension bridge
- Enjoy ever-changing views of the mountain and its glaciers
- All meals on the trail
- Group cooking equipment
- Experienced leadership
|Dates||Sep 7–14, 2013|
|Difficulty||3 (out of 5)|
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Mt. Rainier, the tallest peak in the Northwest, is the centerpiece of the Cascade Range in Washington State. Join us for a 36-mile backpack on the Northern Loop and Wonderland Trails as we hike across flower-filled meadows, through dense conifer forests and past alpine lakes. We will visit a natural bridge, see the expansive views from Windy Gap, and experience the exquisite beauty of Grand Park. Our route will take us across a swaying suspension bridge, past glaciers and rushing streams descending from the mountain.
Day 1: We'll meet at a campground in the Park and introduce ourselves. Over a relaxing dinner, we'll review our plans for the next day and organize our gear.
We’ll meet at a campground in Mt. Rainier National Park for our first night. Directions will be provided. The leaders will help to coordinate carpooling from Portland or Seattle.
Accommodations and Food
Equipment and Clothing
Trip members are expected to furnish their own backpack and personal gear. This must not weigh more than 25 pounds and if you can keep it closer to 20 pounds so much the better. The Sierra Club will provide commissary equipment, including pots, stoves, and cooking utensils. The Club supplies food, group first-aid kit, water purification tablets, and toilet paper. We will each carry 10 to 12 pounds of food and commissary equipment to start, plus personal gear. You will need to bring eating utensils, clothing, sleeping gear, a personal supply of moleskin, bandaids, personal prescriptions, etc. Rain is possible, so rain gear and a tent will be necessary. It can get cold at night, so bring warm clothing. You will need mosquito repellent, a hat with a brim and sunscreen. You must have well broken-in hiking boots with lug soles. In order to best use the group campsites, we need to have everyone in two-person tents. We will help to coordinate sharing of tents.
- Green Trails: Mount Rainier West (#269) and Mount Rainier East (#270)
- Lorain, Douglas, Backpacking Washington.
- Spring, Ira and Manning, Harvey, Fifty Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park.
- Asars, Tami, Hiking the Wonderland Trail.