A Back Door to Mt. Rainier and Grand Park

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.

Mt. Rainier from Grand Park on a mid-October day, one of the last days of the season when this hike is possible.
The trailhead to Grand Park at Mt. Rainier National Park is about 80 miles southeast of Seattle.


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

Adventure pricing:
Solo:       $480.00
Duo:        $560.00
Trio:         $640.00
Quad:      $720.00

(Prices exclude Washington sales tax)