A Back Door to Mt. Rainier's Grand Park

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Escape the crowds and explore the wild side of Mt. Rainier in solitude.

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Cascadia Hiking Adventures

Guided hikes in Seattle, at Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula, and the Puget Sound area.

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This strenuous out-and-back hike begins at a little-known backdoor into Mt. Rainier National Park, where you are sure to experience the majesty of Rainier in relative solitude, especially on a weekday.  You might share the trail with just the bears and the elk.

The trail begins with a gentle rolling ramble through deep forest, but soon begins to emerge into a series of increasingly open meadows until—voila! You are in Grand Park, a broad open meadow flush with wildflowers and the imposing north face of Mt. Rainier and Winthrop Glacier.

We’ll pause at a ledge overlooking the White River for a gourmet lunch (included) before returning back through Grand Park and the deep forest. On our return to Seattle, we’ll stop for refreshments at a classic mountain roadhouse or snack bar at your option.

This adventure is available from July 15 to October 1.

Round-trip travel time: 4 hours
Hiking time: 4 hours
Total time: 8 hours (9 hours with optional post-hike refreshment stop)
Best departure time:  7 a.m.
Best season: July 15—September 15


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