This site is the result of a journey taken by my brother and I around the Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park. You are probably here because you are interested in hiking the trail or you have hiked it before. You are in for a treat, as the pictures we took on the way were spectacular. All together we took about 230 photos and that was not nearly enough. There is a reason why it's called the Wonderland Trail. We hope you enjoy this site, please send suggestions, comments, complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org (No longer a valid address).
- Aaron and Jason Doss
The trail, which encircles Mount Rainier, was built in 1915 and is
approximately 93 miles long. In the 1930's engineers planned to
make it into a paved Wonderland Highway, but the idea quickly
dissolved. The trail is not flat by any means, it is constantly
traversing the lava formed ridges of Rainier. The cumulative
elevation gain totals to about 20,100 feet! This also means that
cumulative loss is also 20,100 feet! For comparison a summit
attempt on Rainier that starts at Paradise is a 8,000 foot climb.
The Wonderland is a tough trail that takes the hiker through some
of the most scenic and rugged back country and to survive it most
people hike to trail in 10-12 days, though some have done it in
as little as 3 days. A typical starting point for many hikers is
from Longmire at the south-western corner of the park, this is by
no means the only starting point but many books have suggested it
as being so. From Longmire most hikers travel clockwise around
the park We began at the suggested starting point, Longmire.
Another name we gave the hike was "Longmire to Longmire 2000".
During our trip from Aug 3 to Aug 15 the
wildflowers were in full bloom. Unfortunately the
bugs were also in full spawn. The absolute worst
part of the trip was contending with bugs, mostly biting
flies and mosquitos along the entire western side of
Rainier. The "bug season" is only about
three weeks at Rainier, at the peak of summer. The
picture to the left was taken from the top of Emerald
Ridge, it was one of many alpine meadows we traveled
through. The western face of Rainier is visible as well
as the foot of Tahoma Glacier on the left side of the
note: Most of the
pictures on this website can be made larger by clicking
|Camping around the park is regulated by the National Park service. You must have a wilderness permit, obtained from Longmire or White River Ranger station free of charge. It is first come first serve though there is a reservation system where you can reserve your campsites up to 2 months in advance, which is sometimes necessary during the summer. There is a $20 fee for a reservation. The reservaion number is 1-360-569-hike. More information can be obtained by going to the official park page at https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/the-wonderland-trail.htm||