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 0 Crossing is not advised. There is no bridge into Ipsut campground but there is a log you can walk on and the creek is not deep so it is easily passable. Lower Carbon crossing is OUT with some additional washouts. Crossing the Carbon River is not advisable. 6/15/2022
Chenuis Fall 0 Bridge is OUT. Crossing is not advised. 5/27/2022
Green Lake 0 Snow free. 5/27/2022
Ipsut Falls 0 Bridge in 6/15/2022
Northern Loop: Carbon River- Windy Gap 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Potential dangerous river fords. 5/27/2022
Paul Peak Trail 0 6/15/2022
Rain Forest Loop 0 Use caution. Trail washed out in sections. 5/27/2022
Spray Park 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Lower crossing of Carbon River is out. Crossing not advised. 5/27/2022
Seattle Park 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Lower crossing of Carbon River is out. Crossing not advised. 5/27/2022
Tolmie Peak 100 Mowich Lake Road closed. 5/27/2022


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) 90 Nisqually bridge is OUT! River crossing is not recommended. 6/9/2022
Comet Falls Trail (Van Trump Park Trail) 50 Steep snow slopes. Ice axe recommended. Expert navigational skills required. Upper bridge just below Comet Falls is OUT. Be cautious of snow bridges. Snow bridges are extremely unreliable and are only going to get worse until they melt out entirely. Where snow covers continuous rock, it is likely to posthole through, potentially up to the hip. Would advise extreme caution crossing these snow patches. 6/21/2022
Denman Falls Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Eagle Peak Trail 25 Snow free for the first 2.5 miles. Then expert navigation required beyond. Stay away from cornice at the saddle. 6/16/2022
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 50 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Snow starts at bridge 2.8 miles (4,200 ft) and is patchy for the next quarter mile. Continuous snow starts just over 3 miles in at 4,700 feet where we turned around. Expert navigation and snow travel skills required past 3 miles. 6/15/2022
Lake George & Gobblers Knob Trail 10 Snow for last 200 yds. Navigation required for last 200 yds. 06/17/2022
Mildred Point Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 6/13/2022
Mirror Lakes Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 5/27/2022
Narada Falls Trail (Paradise to viewpoint below Narada Falls) 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 6/13/2022
North Puyallup River Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Rampart Ridge Loop Trail 5 Some lingering snow. 6/9/2022
Rampart Ridge Trail (Upper section from Wonderland Trail to Van Trump Park and Comet Falls) 95 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Continuous snow starts 1/4 mile byond the Rampart Ridge Junction. 6/13/2022
Round Pass Trail 0
Saint Andrews Creek Trail 25 Snow free for 2 miles. Navigation required for the last 3/4 mile. 6/19/2022
South Puyallup River Trail 10 1 trees down. 6/11/2022
Trail of the Shadows 0 5/27/2022
Twin Firs Trail 0 5/27/2022
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) 55 Expert navigation and snow travel experience required. Many downed trees. 6/14/2022
Eastside Trail 10

10% snow coverage starting at 6 miles in. 50% snow coverage starting around 7 miles in. Trail is easy to follow on snow covered sections. One bridge out 5.6 miles north of the Stevens Canyon TH. As of right now, the stream is still crossable by rock-hopping slightly down stream. Another bridge about 3 miles in is significantly tilted (about 15-20 degrees) but still usable

6/10/2022
Grove of the Patriarchs Trail 0 CLOSED: BRIDGE HAS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND IS CLOSED. 6/16/2022
Laughingwater Creek Trail 15 Consistant snow 3/4 mile before Three Lakes. Navigation required. 6/13/2022
Pacific Crest Trail 100 6/15/2022
Shriner Peak Trail 50 Expert winter travel/navigational skills required for the last 2 miles. 6/20/2022
Silver Falls Trail 0 5/27/2022

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 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 6/15/2022
Dead Horse Creek Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Fourth Crossing Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Glacier Vista Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Golden Gate Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
High Lakes Loop Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Lakes Trail (Mazama Ridge) 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Moraine Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Nisqually Vista Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Paradise Glacier Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Pebble Creek Trail (to the base of the Muir Snowfield) 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Pinnacle Peak Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Skyline Trail 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required 6/15/2022
Snow Lake/Bench Lake Trail 85 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Be cautious of post-holing and snow-bridges. 6/20/2022
Stevens Creek Trail 0 Bridge over Stevens Creek is heavily damaged. Crossing not recommended. 6/9/2022

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) 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. Sunrise Road Closed. 6/9/2022
First Burroughs Mountain LOOP Trail 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required.Sunrise Road Closed. 6/9/2022
Burroughs Mountain to Glacier Basin Trail 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. Sunrise Road Closed. 6/9/2022
Crystal Lakes Trail 30
Approximately 25-30% snow coverage from trailhead to Upper Crystal Lake. Consistent snow begins around mile 2.5 or so. Boot pack is evident for hikers to follow. Upper Crystal Lake area is 100% snow covered, including camp. Lower Crystal Camp still has snow, but the two sites are mostly snow-free.
6/19/2022
Crystal Peak Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Emmons Moraine Trail Bridge is out and crossing is not recommended! No other reports are available. 6/14/2022
Glacier Basin Trail 40 Navigational and winter skills required.50% snow coverage for the first 2 miles, then 100% snow coverage to Glacier Basin Camp. Good boot pack to camp. Be cautious of snow-bridges. Skiers should stay on the right fork of the Glacier Basin Trail due to hazardous river crossing conditions. 6/18/2022
Grand Park Trail (via Northern Loop Trail) 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/18/2022
Huckleberry Creek Trail 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022
Lake Eleanor Trail reported in detail during the summer months only
Mt. Fremont Trail 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022
Naches Peak Trail 100 Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/19/2022
Northern Loop Trail: Berkeley Park to Windy Gap 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from White River Road) 50 Intermittent snow for first 1.5-2 miles. Continuous beginning at 4,800 ft. Navigation skills required. Particular difficult to travel on side slope between camp and lakes. 4-5 feet of snow at camp. All sites and latrine completely covered. Eleven blow downs across the trail. 6/15/2022
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from Highway 123) 50 Snow starts about 4 miles from the trailhead on HWY 123. Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 6/15/2022
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) NORTH from Chinook Pass to Sourdough Gap. 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 6/9/2022
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) SOUTH from Chinook Pass to Laughingwater Creek Trail junction 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 6/9/2022
Palisades Lakes Trail 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022
Silver Forest Trail 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022
Sourdough Ridge Trail West (Sunrise to Frozen Lake) 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022
Sourdough Ridge Trail East (Sunrise to Sunrise Point) 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022
Sunrise Rim Trail 100 Sunrise Road Closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022
Tipsoo Lake Trail 100 Chinook Pass closed. Expert navigational and winter skills required. 6/9/2022

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 60 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required beyond Fishers Hornpipe. Feet will get wet crossing the Kautz Creek. Pyramid Creek bridge is OUT! Expect knee deep or higher at Pyramid Creek. Look upstream for a good crossing and a little bushwacking to get back on the trail. 6/21/2022
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 80 South Mowich bridge is out. Expert winter travel/navigational skills required. 6/9/2022
South Mowich River to Mowich Lake 10 North Mowich River Bridge tilted about 45 degrees. Crossing not recommended. 6/9/2022
Mowich Lake to Ipsut Creek Campground 90
Mostly snow covered requiring expert winter travel and navigational skills. Snow-free about 3 miles above Ipsut Creek down to Ipsut Creek.
6/18/2022
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 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Sunrise Road Closed. 6/1/2022
Sunrise to White River Campground 100
Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Sunrise Road Closed.
6/1/2022
White River Campground to Summerland 70 Fryingpan creek trailhead to Summerland is 85% snow-covered.Partial snow coverage of 60% for first 2 mi. Near continuous after that at 95% coverage. Some winter navigation requiredWith eventual warmer temperatures an increased water flow will be expected, making a crossing potentially quite hazardous. 6/15/2022
Summerland to Indian Bar 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. Section of trail before Panhandle is impassible. Be aware of cornice at Panhandle Gap. 6/19/2022
Indian Bar to Box Canyon 95 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 6/15/2022
Box Canyon to Reflection Lakes

30

CAUTION: BRIDGE OVER STEVENS CREEK IS HEAVILY DAMAGED. CROSSING IS NOT RECOMMENDED. CAUTION: SLIDE BETWEEN SYLVIA AND MARTHA FALLS. EXTREMELY LOOSE SOIL ON STEEP SLOPE. A REROUTE IS POSSIBLE BY WALKING ALONG THE STEVENS CANYON ROAD. No other reports available. Stevens Canyon Road Closed. 6/16/2022
Reflection Lakes to Narada Falls 100 Expert navigation and winter travel skills required. 5/28/2022
Narada Falls to Longmire 40 Bridge out over the Nisqually River. Crossing not recommended. Trail from Narada Falls parking to the Nisqually River is 60% snow covered with some winter travel and navigational skills required from Narada Falls to Nisqually River. 6/19/2022

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. No other reports available yet.
Cataract Valley Camp #6/1 (4620') Bear pole DOWN. No other reports available yet.
Dick Creek Camp #2/0 (4185') Bear pole DOWN. No other reports available yet.
Eagle's Roost Camp #7/0 (4885') Bear pole DOWN. No other reports available yet.
Ipsut Creek #12/1 (2400') 0 Bear boxes in. Bridge is OUT! 5/28/2022
Mowich Lake Walk-in Camp (4900') 100 Mowich Lake Road closed at the Paul Peak trailhead. Bear boxes snow covered. 5/28/2022
Mystic Camp #7/1 (5570') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 6/1/2022
South Mowich River Camp #3/1 (2605') 0 Bear pole UP. Toilet open. 6/9/2022

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') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 6/19/2022
Golden Lakes Camp #5/1 (5130') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 6/19/2022
Klapatche Park Camp #4/0 (5515') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
Lake George Camp #5/1 (4320') 90 1 bear pole up. 1 site snow free. 6/15/2022
Maple Creek Camp #4/1 (2815') 0 Bear pole UP. Stevens Canyon road is currently closed. 6/19/2022
North Puyallup River Camp #3/1 (3750') 0 Bear pole UP. 6/16/2022
Paradise River Camp #3/1 (3805') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 6/19/2022
Pyramid Creek Camp #2/0 (3765') 70 Bear pole. Site 1 snow free. 2 sites snow-covered. Toilet snow-covered. 6/9/2022
Snow Lake Camp #2/0 (4690') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 6/19/2022
South Puyallup River Camp #4/1 (4000') 20 Bear poles up. Toilet open. 1 site still snow-covered. Several sites are very wet with puddles. 6/11/2022

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') 100 Bear pole DOWN. Sunrise Road closed. 5/28/2022
Deer Creek Camp #2/0 (2950') 0 Bear pole UP. Toilet snow-free. 5/9/2022
Dick's Lake Camp #1/0 (5675') 100 Bear pole DOWN. Sunrise Road closed. 5/28/2022
Fire Creek Camp #3/1 (4300') 100 Bear pole DOWN. Sunrise Road closed. 5/28/2022
Forest Lake Camp #1/0 (5660') 100 Bear pole DOWN. Sunrise Road closed. 5/28/2022
Glacier Basin Camp #5/1 (5965') 100

Bear barrels NOT in.

5/28/2022
Granite Creek #3/1 (5765')
100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
Indian Bar #4/1 (5120') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
James Camp #3/1 (4620') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
Lake Eleanor Camp #3/1 (5000') Bear pole DOWN. No other reports available yet.
Lower Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5450') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/30/2022
Nickel Creek Camp #3/1 (3385') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 6/9/2022
Olallie Creek Camp #2/1 (3940') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
Shriner Peak Camp #2/0 (5355') 100 Bear pole DOWN. Toilet under snow. 6/9/2022
Summerland Camp #5/1 (5940') 100 Bear pole DOWN.
Sunrise Walk-In Camp #8/2 (6245') 100 Bear boxes under snow. Sunrise Road Closed. 6/18/2022
Tamanos Creek Camp #4/2 (5270') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
Three Lakes Camp #2/1 (4680') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
Upper Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5825') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
Upper Palisades Lake Camp #2/0 (5835') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/2022
White River Walk-in Camp #3/1 (4300') Bear pole DOWN. No other reports available yet.
Yellowstone Cliffs Camp #2/0 (5180') 100 Bear pole DOWN. 5/28/20222

Last updated: June 21, 2022

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