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.
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.
Hiker Level: 1 2 3 4
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
(Prices exclude Washington sales tax)