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Results List

72 Hikes
Doe Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
7.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1720 ft.
Highest Point: 4320.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
The infrequently visited trail to Doe Falls is a good option for hikers preparing for summer hiking. Because of its lower elevation, this hike is snow-free earlier in the year than most in this area, allowing for a pleasant hike to a secluded waterfall early in the season.
 
 
Clear West Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The trail up Clear West Peak is inaccessible due to Road 74 being blocked and gated.
 
 
Boulder Cave

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
This trail is closed. Please respect all closures.
Boulder Cave formed millions of years from volcanic activity. Today the cave is home to a dwindling population of Pacific western big-eared bats.
 
 
Pleasant Valley Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 3880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
With a couple highway crossings, and several turns and junctions, this is not the most glamourous loop through the woods, but it offers an all-purpose trail that can be chunked up into mostly flat options for hikers who want to plan their own route as well as connections and extensions to other trails in the area.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam - Rim Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. This gentle 2-mile trail will take you along the White River.
 
 
Dalles Ridge Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
You'll enjoy relative silence on this hushed snowshoe along a Forest Service road near Mount Rainier. As you hike, look closely for elk signs, then look up to see gorgeous views of Sun Top and The Mountain standing in all her glory (that is, if she isn't hiding behind clouds).
 
 
American Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2759 ft.
Highest Point: 5858.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(10 votes)
Road Closed: The road accessing this trailhead is closed for the 2020/2021 winter season.
Hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail through meadows of wildflowers and past sparkling lakes with views of Nelson Ridge, Mount Aix and Mount Rainier. This outing makes for a great day hike or backpacking trip.
 
 
Mud Mountain Dam – Vista Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 260 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Located on the White River near Mount Rainier, the Mud Mountain Dam is both a flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recreation facility. The Vista Trail is short but steep.
 
 
Federation Forest State Park

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(12 votes)
Green, mossy old growth trees and miles of level hiking are the main attractions at Federation Forest State Park. More than 12 miles of trails wind through the forest and hikers can put together loops to fit their hiking needs.
 
 
Kelly Butte

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5409.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(21 votes)
This is a nice, short hike to a recently repaired fire lookout. Guidebooks do not include recent upgrades to the trail and road to the trailhead. The trail is no longer only accessible via a scramble, but trail that switchbacks through wildflowers and interesting rock walls which was constructed in 2007. The lookout itself has been repaired, making it a nice lunch stop.
 
 
Crystal Mountain Loop (Silver King)

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
This page describes the options for doing a loop hike around the ski slopes, which is the ridge west of Crystal Mountain Boulevard.
 
 
Sheep Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(26 votes)
Sheep Lake is a picturesque alpine lake guarded by jagged-edged ridges. It makes a good destination for children, especially if you let them swim, play in the meadows, or explore the small rock outcroppings. Sheep Lake is also a worthy destination for adults who want a pause from daily life to enjoy the outdoors. The campsites around the perimeter are ideal for base camping or for backpacking with children.
 
 
Copper City Ghost Town

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 27 ft.
Highest Point: 4076.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Once the center of mining activity in Yakima County, Copper City served 42 active mining claims from 1907 to 1942. The founders of the town hoped to boom when the railroad came through, but the tracks were never put down. Walk the old mine-to-market road into town, where only the collapsed remains of a few buildings remain.
 
 
Chinook Pass to Crystal Mountain via the Pacific Crest Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Done as a one-way car shuttle hike, this route takes you past several lakes and streams, through meadows of wild flowers, patches of huckleberries, views of mountains and occasional wildlife such as marmots, black bears, pikas and mountain goats. And on a warm day you can take a cooling dip in Sheep Lake on your journey.
 
 
Deadwood Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 470 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This un-maintained trail can be accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail can be difficult to follow, so be sure to take appropriate precautions.
 
 
Rainier View

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.30
(10 votes)
This is a great hike for kids with lots to see including wild flowers, big views of Mt. Rainier and maybe even some wildlife including marmots and goats. Take a picnic and enjoy the wonderful sights along this trail.
 
 
Pleasant Valley Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 5740.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Climb through the forest, including a short burn area from 2017, up to the American Ridge Trail. Enroute there is easy access to an unnamed lake and little-used cross-country access to Pleasant Valley Lake.
 
 
Norse Peak

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 6856.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.79
(14 votes)
A steep, yet surprisingly comfortable climb to views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Glacier Peak, and the Olympics.
 
 
Mesatchee Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 3680.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
If you want both a walk in the sunshine and a walk through the trees, Mesatchee Creek is the place to go! Keep your feet dry on the turnpikes and bridge made by WTA.
 
 
Naches Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Naches Trail takes visitors along the same route that pioneers took in horse drawn wagons in the 1800s. It is now a hiking trail that leads to a scenic meadow and a historic cabin.
 
 
Rock Creek Sno-Park

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A motorized sno-park where cross country skiers and snowshoers can also get a good workout.
 
 
Tumac Mountain Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
13.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 6340.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Nestled far from civilization, at the end of Deep Creek, you will likely have this glorious loop to yourself. A brief, three-mile section of the famous Pacific Crest Trail makes up the western link of this loop.
 
 
Henskin Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This is a beautiful hike that, “has it all” from wonderful wildflowers and a deep forest to wild creeks and an alpine lake. You will even see an abandoned gold mine along the way!
 
 
Grass Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2129 ft.
Highest Point: 4329.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
 
An alternate route up Grass Mountain near Greenwater. Route finding experience required.
 
 
Goat Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 230 ft.
Highest Point: 3060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
This is a short hike through a lush forest canyon with Goat Creek cascading gently beside you all the way.
 
 
Goat Peak Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 6473.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
 
Goat Peak is best tackled when this trail is snow-free. When snow is present, the route can pose extreme avalanche danger and requires route-finding expertise.
 
 
Franklin Ghost Town

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(23 votes)
Follow a gentle old railroad grade into the coal-mining ghost town of Franklin, along the Green River near Black Diamond. It’s an easy walk up to the coal cart and sealed mine shaft. Follow the narrow footpath beyond to discover the powerhouse foundation and cemetery.
 
 
Deep Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
Start at the junction with the White River Trail 1199 and climb through old growth timber. At mile .5 find a spur trail to left with a view of the White River Valley. Come to another scenic view of Mt. Rainier and the valley at mile 3.6. The junction with Noble Knob Trail 1184 is just ahead at mile 4.
 
 
Corral Pass Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a snowshoe hike that follows Corral Pass Road, starting at the intersection with highway 410.
 
 
Bullion Basin Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)