Trails and Backcountry Camp Conditions

 
A large blowdown on the Wonderland Trail
The Trail Crew clearing a large tree from the Wonderland Trail

Mount Rainier can receive 700 or more inches of snow each winter. When spring comes to the mountains it is a very busy time for Park Rangers. The previous fall usually brings the rainy season which causes damage to trails and camps by raging waters, high winds and falling trees. All this damage gets covered by 10-20 feet of snow, and there it sits until melt-out which often does not occur in earnest until late June or early July. The snow usually starts melting in high volumes, causing more damage to trails and camps. The Trail Crew may have to clear hundreds of trees from the trails each year. Replacing footlogs and bridges is also a major project. Footlogs are also prone to being washed out anytime there is a prolonged period of rain regardless of the season.

Wilderness Rangers and Trail Crew members are out and about early in the season trying to assess the damage. Given the vastness of the trail system and the volumes of snow, this is a large task. As we get reliable information on the status of a trail, a section of trail or a backcountry camp, that information will be posted here on the website.

Please note that many park roads and facilities close during winter. At any time during the year the weather can change quickly and unexpectedly. Always check current weather conditions before heading out on a trail.

 

Backcountry Trails and Camp Reports

Trail and backcountry camp conditions are reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September). A Wilderness Camping Permit is required year round for camping or climbing in the park. Always check with Park Rangers for trail conditions before heading out into the backcountry. FIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED in the wilderness at Mount Rainier.

Be prepared for harsh conditions and fast-changing weather. River crossings are prone to washing out, potentially leaving you stranded on one side of the crossing. Always cross early in the day when water levels are at their lowest. Use extreme caution anytime you attempt to ford a river or creek. Expect log footbridges and other river crossings to be washed out during the fall/winter, when powerful rain events are common. These crossings are not replaced until the following spring/summer. Be prepared... mountain weather is good one minute, daunting the next. Learn more about hiking safety.

Check the Northwest Avalanche Center Report and the Mount Rainier Recreational Weather Report before heading out. Avalanche assessment and route-finding skills are needed for many winter activities in the park. Learn more about winter recreation.
Do not leave valuables in your car. While break-ins are infrequent, they do occur.

NOTE: Please note the date for reports and recognize that changes may have occurred since the report. Conditions are updated when there is new information.

Trails in the Carbon River Area

The Carbon River Road to Ipsut Creek Campground is CLOSED at the park entrance because of 2006 flood damage. It is now a five mile hike into Ipsut Creek Campground. Bikes are permitted ONLY as far as Ipsut Creek Campground.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary

The Carbon River Ranger Station is located 5.5 miles past the Mowich Lake turn-off, toward the Carbon River entrance. It is on the left side of the road.

Ipsut Creek Campground is being managed as a backcountry camp. A wilderness permit will be required to camp at Ipsut Creek. Fires and pets are not permitted beyond the point where public vehicles can legally park at the park entrance.
Carbon River & Mowich Area Trails Map

Carbon Glacier Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Chenuis Fall Bridge is OUT. reported in detail during the summer months only
Green Lake reported in detail during the summer months only
Ipsut Falls reported in detail during the summer months only
Northern Loop: Carbon River- Windy Gap reported in detail during the summer months only
Paul Peak Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Rain Forest Loop reported in detail during the summer months only
Spray Park reported in detail during the summer months only
Seattle Park reported in detail during the summer months only
Tolmie Peak reported in detail during the summer months only


Trails in the Longmire Area

The main road to Longmire is OPEN year round.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Longmire Area Trails Map
Carter Falls (from Cougar Rock Campground) reported in detail during the summer months only
Comet Falls Trail (Van Trump Park Trail) Upper bridge just below Comet Falls is OUT. reported in detail during the summer months only
Denman Falls Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Eagle Peak Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Goat Lake Trail (Glacier View Wilderness) Not inside Mount Rainier National Park. Forest Service Road CLOSED. reported in detail during the summer months only
Kautz Creek Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Lake George & Gobblers Knob Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Mildred Point Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Mirror Lakes Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Narada Falls Trail (Paradise to viewpoint below Narada Falls) reported in detail during the summer months only
North Puyallup River Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Rampart Ridge Loop Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Rampart Ridge Trail (Upper section from Wonderland Trail to Van Trump Park and Comet Falls) reported in detail during the summer months only
Round Pass Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Saint Andrews Creek Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
South Puyallup River Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Trail of the Shadows reported in detail during the summer months only
Twin Firs Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Tahoma Creek Trail CLOSED DUE TO DEBRIS FLOW AND HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. THE TAHOMA CREEK HAS TAKEN OVER THE TRAIL. NOTE: This is an unmaintained trail in an area with high risk of geohazards such as flooding and debris flows. These events have occurred frequently in the past and are expected to occur again. There are only remnants of this trail remaining. Navigation is difficult and the route is hazardous. It is NOT recommended to hike Tahoma Creek Trail. 10/11/2021


Trails in the Ohanapecosh Area

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Ohanapecosh Area Trails Map
Cowlitz Divide Trail (Olallie Creek Trail) reported in detail during the summer months only
Eastside Trail

reported in detail during the summer months only

Grove of the Patriarchs Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Laughingwater Creek Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Pacific Crest Trail Outside of Mount Rainier National Park.
Shriner Peak Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Silver Falls Trail reported in detail during the summer months only

Trails in the Paradise Area

The main road to Longmire is OPEN year round. During winter months, the road from Longmire to Paradise closes nightly at the gate at Longmire. Check Twitter for daily road status updates (Twitter account not required to view).

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Paradise Area Trails Map
Alta Vista Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Dead Horse Creek Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Fourth Crossing Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Glacier Vista Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Golden Gate Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
High Lakes Loop Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Lakes Trail (Mazama Ridge) reported in detail during the summer months only
Moraine Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Nisqually Vista Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Paradise Glacier Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Pebble Creek Trail (to the base of the Muir Snowfield) reported in detail during the summer months only
Pinnacle Peak Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Skyline Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Snow Lake/Bench Lake Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Stevens Creek Trail reported in detail during the summer months only

Trails in the White River Area

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Sunrise Area Trails Map
Burroughs Mountain Trail To First Burroughs (from Frozen Lake) reported in detail during the summer months only
First Burroughs Mountain LOOP Trail
reported in detail during the summer months only
Burroughs Mountain to Glacier Basin Trail
reported in detail during the summer months only
Crystal Lakes Trail
reported in detail during the summer months only
Crystal Peak Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Emmons Moraine Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Glacier Basin Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Grand Park Trail (via Northern Loop Trail) reported in detail during the summer months only
Huckleberry Creek Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Lake Eleanor Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Mt. Fremont Trail
reported in detail during the summer months only
Naches Peak Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Northern Loop Trail: Berkeley Park to Windy Gap reported in detail during the summer months only
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from White River Road) reported in detail during the summer months only
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from Highway 123) reported in detail during the summer months only
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) NORTH from Chinook Pass to Sourdough Gap. reported in detail during the summer months only
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) SOUTH from Chinook Pass to Laughingwater Creek Trail junction reported in detail during the summer months only
Palisades Lakes Trail
reported in detail during the summer months only
Silver Forest Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Sourdough Ridge Trail West (Sunrise to Frozen Lake) reported in detail during the summer months only
Sourdough Ridge Trail East (Sunrise to Sunrise Point) reported in detail during the summer months only
Sunrise Rim Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Tipsoo Lake Trail reported in detail during the summer months only

Wonderland Trail

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Use caution when hiking on steep snow; even a small patch can be icy and slippery between late evening and early morning.
Extra caution should be used when crossing rivers in the time of high water during warm weather days. Refer to Crossing Streams Safely
Longmire to Indian Henry's reported in detail during the summer months only
Indian Henry's to South Puyallup River reported in detail during the summer months only
South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park reported in detail during the summer months only
Klapatche Park to North Puyallup River reported in detail during the summer months only
North Puyallup River to Golden Lakes reported in detail during the summer months only
Golden Lakes to South Mowich River reported in detail during the summer months only
South Mowich River to Mowich Lake reported in detail during the summer months only
Mowich Lake to Ipsut Creek Campground
reported in detail during the summer months only
Ipsut Creek Campground to Carbon Glacier reported in detail during the summer months only
Carbon Glacier to Mystic Lake reported in detail during the summer months only
Mystic Lake to Sunrise reported in detail during the summer months only
Sunrise to White River Campground
reported in detail during the summer months only
White River Campground to Summerland reported in detail during the summer months only
Summerland to Indian Bar reported in detail during the summer months only
Indian Bar to Box Canyon reported in detail during the summer months only
Box Canyon to Reflection Lakes

CAUTION: SLIDE BETWEEN SYLVIA AND MARTHA FALLS. EXTREMELY LOOSE SOIL ON STEEP SLOPE. TRAIL CREW HAS ETCHED OUT A TRAIL IN THIS LOCATION. A REROUTE IS POSSIBLE BY WALKING ALONG THE STEVENS CANYON ROAD. reported in detail during the summer months only
Reflection Lakes to Narada Falls reported in detail during the summer months only
Narada Falls to Longmire reported in detail during the summer months only

Carbon Area Backcountry Camps
The road to Ipsut Creek Campground is closed at the park entrance, secondary to flood damage in 2006. All backcounrty camping requires a permit. Obtain Wilderness Permits at Carbon River just inside the entrance to the park.

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation) Diligently practice proper food storage; never leave food unattended including in a backpack or tent; never leave food in a tent at night.
Summary

The road to Ipsut Creek is CLOSED. The hike is 5 miles from the Carbon River Entrance to Ipsut Creek Campground, which is now managed as a wilderness camp and requires a wilderness permit. There is a new Ranger Station located about 2 miles before the Carbon River entrance. This is the place to get permits and information for the Carbon/Mowich area.The Ranger Station at the entrance is no longer in operation.

Carbon River Camp #4/1 (3195')

Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Cataract Valley Camp #6/1 (4620') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Dick Creek Camp #2/0 (4185') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Eagle's Roost Camp #7/0 (4885') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Ipsut Creek #12/1 (2400') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Mowich Lake Walk-in Camp (4900') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Mystic Camp #7/1 (5570') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
South Mowich River Camp #3/1 (2605') Bear pole UP. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only

Longmire/Paradise Area Backcountry Camps

All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtain Wilderness Camping permits daily at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center (Summer only) or the Longmire Museum (After Columbus Day-Memorial Day).

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation)
Summary Diligently practice proper food storage; never leave food unattended including in a backpack or tent; never leave food in a tent at night.
Devil's Dream Camp #7/1 (5060') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Golden Lakes Camp #5/1 (5130') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Klapatche Park Camp #4/0 (5515') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Lake George Camp #5/1 (4320') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Maple Creek Camp #4/1 (2815') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
North Puyallup River Camp #3/1 (3750') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Paradise River Camp #3/1 (3805') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Pyramid Creek Camp #2/0 (3765') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Snow Lake Camp #2/0 (4690') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
South Puyallup River Camp #4/1 (4000') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only

Eastside Backcountry Camps

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation)
Summary Diligently practice proper food storage; never leave food unattended including in a backpack or tent; never leave food in a tent at night.
Berkeley Park Camp #2/1 (5375') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Deer Creek Camp #2/0 (2950') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Dick's Lake Camp #1/0 (5675') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Fire Creek Camp #3/1 (4300') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Forest Lake Camp #1/0 (5660') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Glacier Basin Camp #5/1 (5965')

Bear barrels NOT in. reported in detail during the summer months only

Granite Creek #3/1 (5765')
Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Indian Bar #4/1 (5120') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
James Camp #3/1 (4620') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Lake Eleanor Camp #3/1 (5000') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Lower Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5450') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Nickel Creek Camp #3/1 (3385') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Olallie Creek Camp #2/1 (3940') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Shriner Peak Camp #2/0 (5355') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Summerland Camp #5/1 (5940') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Sunrise Walk-In Camp #8/2 (6245') Bear boxes in. reported in detail during the summer months only
Tamanos Creek Camp #4/2 (5270') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Three Lakes Camp #2/1 (4680') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Upper Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5825') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Upper Palisades Lake Camp #2/0 (5835') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
White River Walk-in Camp #3/1 (4300') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only
Yellowstone Cliffs Camp #2/0 (5180') Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only

Last updated: October 19, 2021

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