The Wonderland Trail is an approximately 93 mile hiking trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, United States. The trail goes over many ridges of Mount Rainier for a cumulative of elevation gain. The trail was built in 1915. In 1981, it was designated a National Recreation Trail. An estimated 200 to 250 people a year complete the entire trail with several thousand others doing shorter sections of it. The average time taken to complete the entire trip is 10 to 14 days.
The trail is entirely within the national park and passes through major life zones of the park, from lowland forests to subalpine meadows of wildflowers. As the trail circles the mountain, hikers see different faces of Mount Rainier, carved by 25 named glaciers.
The trail is considered strenuous as it is almost always climbing or descending the ridges around the mountain. The highest point is 6,750ft at Panhandle Gap.
There are many river crossings on the trail including two suspension bridges. Many of the rivers are crossed on primitive log bridges which can wash away during heavy rain or when there is a lot of snow melt in the rivers. Most of the bridges washed away during a major storm in November 2006, so the trail was impassable (and closed) to hikers through most of 2007.
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Wonderland Trail Reviews
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... more »
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! more »
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