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Introduction

Welcome Friends,
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 aarondoss@email.com (No longer a valid address).
    - Aaron and Jason Doss

 

Trail Info

map 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".
 
 

Season

 

Emerald Ridge

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 picture. note: Most of the pictures on this website can be made larger by clicking on them.

     

Camping Regulations

 

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

South Puyallup Camp


 

 

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