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Elsa C. L wrote a review Jul 2019
New York City, New York1,773 contributions176 helpful votes
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Although Wonderland Trail was not as entertaining as the Silver Forest Trail, I may have been fortunate to have taken two pictures of Mt. Rainier when the fog was not covering it (ref. 1st and 5th pictures uploaded). One got only seconds of a chance to see the summit due to clouds and fog. Request: Would someone please comment whether or not what I captured was Mt. Rainier? Thank you. There is a beautiful green meadow, which will likely be blanketed by wildflowers in another two weeks, a pink wildflower that we did not see in the Silver Forest Trail and the Shadow Lake. A few minutes after I took these two pictures of the lake, fog descended on the lake and no trees were visible. That’s amazing! The Glacier Overlook no longer presented glaciers at this time. There were only a few traces of snow.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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19611959lola wrote a review May 2019
Brookfield, Wisconsin12 contributions
93 miles, 26000 ft of elevation gain, 10 days of life changing beautiful serenity. My wife said I came back a different person. Hard work but worth every second, just don’t hurry it, consume it!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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dmkm53 wrote a review May 2019
Columbus, Ohio126 contributions35 helpful votes
There were 3 trails you could take here and w choose the Rampart Ridge Trail because it was only 1.7 mi. This was an easy trail; however, most of the trail lacked the scenery we experienced on the other trails.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Chuck G wrote a review Sep 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota202 contributions63 helpful votes
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Last April we applied for, and received, a permit to hike the Wonderland Trail - a 93-mile hike that encircles the base of Mount Rainier. The trail itself has more than 23,000 feet of elevation, so we knew it would challenge us throughout our nine days and nights of backpacking. On Sept. 4, we made our way to Mount Rainier National Park for our second visit in four years...this time to really get to know the park and its ecosystem. Our adventure started from the White River Campground in the northeast section of the park. We were fortunate enough to get a schedule of camp assignments that allowed us to "ease into" our multi-day hike. Night one was at Summerland. Night two was spent at Indian Bar and night three was at Nickel Creek. The entire east portion of the Wonderland provides amazing views of Rainier and includes Panhandle Gap, which is incredible terrain. But because we only covered 18 miles in our first three days on the trail, we had a lot of mileage to trek to complete our adventure in the six remaining days ahead. From Nickel Creek, we stayed at Cougar Rock Campground on night four. The next day, we resupplied at Longmire and then busted out all of our energy to get to the South Puyallup camp site. From there, we hiked to Golden Lakes for night six - and that's when it started raining. Our first six days of hiking had included just a few sprinkles. But it hadn't rained on the northern stretch of the Wonderland Trail for two months and Mother Nature decided it was time. We woke up to rain on Day seven and hiked in intermittent showers to Mowich Lake, where we picked up our second cache of food for the final leg of the trip. We continued on to Eagles Roost where we were forced to set up camp in the rain. On day eight, we woke up to cloudy skies and made our way across a snow field in Mist Park (in sleet and rain) on our way to Carbon River. There, the sun broke out and we began to dry out, but our day wasn't done. Our final camp was at Mystic and by the time we rolled in, we were in another deluge of rain and 40-degree temperatures. With hypothermia a serious threat, we quickly set up tents in the rain (again) and settled into our sleeping bags at 6 p.m. to get warm. On our final day, we hiked from Mystic back to White River. On this last stretch of trail, it snowed on us at Skyscraper Pass and the snow turned to rain as we descended toward Sunrise Campground. The rain kept annoying our final 2.7 miles to White River and our car. But, we had completed the entire Wonderland Trail on schedule! The park rangers at MtRNP do an excellent job accommodating campsite requests - so if you're lucky enough to get a trail permit, but it isn't exactly as you hoped for, don't fear - just ask the ranger at check-in for the sites you would like and see what happens. We changed our camp permit twice (once at check in at White River, and once at Longmire). Be sure to send food caches to save weight in your backpack. And, keep in mind, that every ounce matters when you're hiking 8 to 12 days in a row! We left lots of great food in the "free" hikers boxes because we simply didn't want to carry the extra weight - only taking what we were sure to need. Lastly, pack good rain gear and consider wearing trail runners vs. hiking boots. We both wore Altra Lone Peak 3.5s and packed a pair of lightweight sandals that we could also wear on easier parts of the trail if needed.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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m y wrote a review Aug 2018
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It took me 4.5 days to complete 105 km on the Wonderland Trail. I was 2.5 days short and 45 km shy to finish up the entire Trail. This is a great trail with excellent views to see the different angle of the Mountain. There are many water resources, however, you definitely need to be well prepared to avoid being bitten by those nasty mosquitoes.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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