Visitors will be able to enjoy a unique socially distanced outdoor light installation with an enchanting, winter paradise including a 2km (1¼ mile) illuminated trail of discovery created with four magical lands, specially designed to fit into the natural landscape of the Hall and Gardens.. People of all ages will be captivated by this visually stunning mix of fire, light, and sound. Be sure to pick up a copy of our new book Plan & Go: Wonderland Trail to help plan your trip. The trail from Cataract Valley to Mowich Lake is two-thirds uphill and then constant downhill. Rainier National Park. The map waypoint shows the Wonderland trail starting at Longmire, with the trail over Rampart Ridge. We needed something large enough but still form-fitting enough to allow us to run comfortably, so ideally in the 15-20 litre range. While hiking the Wonderland Trail, one gazes in amazement at the massive, glacier-covered Mt. There’s no fee for walk-ins. Today is the first time I have the dinner on the trail before arriving at the camp. I stand on top of the Klapatche Park, beautiful subalpine meadows, the west face of Mt. It is Malok’s first thru-hike, and food packed by YC’s wife is so heartfelt.Tomorrow is going to be another hilly day, so I have to start early to keep my mojo strong during the day. It reminds me of the analog days. I’ll also try to spot the sunrise because I’m finally on the east side of the mountain. While yesterday was low and mellow, I feel super refreshed and warm today. It might be because I kept myself so busy driving around and hiking lots of trails. Although Pyramid Creek is full of mosquito, due to its lower altitude, it is warmer than other campsites. Granite Creek to Cataract Valley on Spray Park Trail (10.5 mi) Passed Mystic Lake today around … At that time, I thought Indian Bar — Summerland is the only section that isn’t snow-free. Rainier. The Wonderland Trail is an adventure of about 90 miles (145 km), encircling Washington State’s Mt. (It ended up cloudy and rainy, so I slept in), Fuel for Today: Breakfast — Banana Oatmeal, latte, KitKatSnack — Bobos Bites, ⅔ maple pecan bobos, Potato Chips, Chex mix halfLunch — JjapaghettiDinner — Instant Potato, (5.5mi, 8.9km, Elevation Gain & Loss: 169m & 694m, Total distance: 90.9mi / 146.3km). Malok said hi before I leave the camp, and YC is still sleeping. The trail circumnavigates (goes in a circle around) Mount Rainier, the highest peak in Washington at 14,411 ft / 4,392 m. The Wonderland Trail doesn’t pass through paradise but it does pass nearby. Here’s the bad news, right out of the gate: you need permits to camp each night along the trail in the National Park, at assigned campsites. After hiking the John Muir Trail and many other trips in the Sierra Nevada mountains and elsewhere, I was surprised to learn that there is no dispersed camping along the Wonderland Trail (there is dispersed camping in the park, but by specific permit, and generally well off the Wonderland Trail). There are six sites, and I take the campsite #5 because it is the closest to the river. The planning, the LONG ups, the LONG downs, and the emotional roller coaster in-between. The Wonderland Trail is a 93-mile hiking trail that encircles Washington's most famous volcano. Trivia facts: the Carbon Glacier is the lowest elevation glacier in the lower 48. With a 10 day itinerary, we decided to take advantage of only one cache location, and that was at Longmire. The roads usually close in October or earlier if snow hits. I shot several time-lapses here, and at this moment (2 months after the hike), it’s my phone’s background photo. This strenous hike visits almost every major valley and ridge radiating from the mountain and is typically completed in 9-13 days. I stuff too much with food cache, which caused food coma. Well, it takes 7 hours because turns out the Spray Park route isn’t snow-free. The Wonderland Trail is nearly a 100-mile circuit that circumnavigates 14,411-foot Mt. Seeing people on the trail is always delightful because it is an early trail season and I hear a few people even give up due to unmelted snow. One hundred miles is a great distance, especially if you’re savvy enough to get your pack weight to a manageable number. Wonderland Trail Map (PDF) The Wonderland Trail Adventure (93 miles circumnavigating Mt. I like how I don’t even know what day today is until I want to. The trail passes through deep rain forests, crosses tall mountain passes, alpine meadows and glacial streams. The diversity of ecosystems keeps the trail feeling fresh. Rainier National Park, about two hours away. Be sure to pick up a copy of our new book Plan & Go: Wonderland Trail to help plan your trip. They’re the worst ever. Fuel for Today: Breakfast — Oatmeal to go Snack — one Bobos, one Picky Bar, some chipsLunch — white riceDinner — brown rice, (17.2 mi / 27.7 km, Elevation Gain & Loss: 1115m & 1210m, Total distance: 74.1mi / 119.2km). I meet the hiker girls again, and we share some info. A stay here will add a couple of miles to your itinerary. It starts to rain as I walk 30 seconds back to my tent site. By thepurpleninja on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. I arrive at Mowich Lake to retrieve the food cache. On the good note, I am finally able to wash my hair in one of the streams! As my summer vacation is less than two weeks, I want to spend every day to the fullest. Rainier’s summertime, not the usual summer timeframe. Getting lost on a slow and unmotivated day aggravated my mood, but passing the Panhandle Gap, the Indian Bar appears. When I am finally back at the White River trailhead and see the restroom that I used seven days ago, I FEEL SO GREAT, ACCOMPLISHED, AND HAPPY. Also, Suunto keeps logging twice as much distance as the original route, which confuses me and gives hope that I walked more than I did. They’ll only be used to connect with the digital world, which is the total opposite purpose of the thru-hike. Rainier) is a serious trek to be considered only by skilled and trained individuals. It has has tons of incredibly useful information covering every aspect of organizing the trip, fantastic trail descriptions, and many itinerary options depending on how long you want to be out on the trail. For more info on the hotel check out their website here. My Booking. White River is the trailhead of my Wonderland hike. It is by far the most beautiful campsite of all trail. I had the luxury of time to ponder about my future before I start the new job. As soon as I land at Sea-Tac Airport, I drive straight to Mt. The Wonderland Trail has eighteen trailside wilderness camps and three non-wilderness camps. I felt so refreshing at the moment, but thru-hike life isn’t that simple. The Wonderland Trail hiking season generally lasts from late July to mid September. Mt. It takes an hour and a half to drive from Longmire to Mowich Lake. The Wonderland Trail a popular backpacking trail and requires reservations because it has limited camping spots (see the 'Planning Your Backpacking Adventure', below). This 93-mile loop gains and descends 23,810’ as it weaves through ancient forests, flows through flower filled meadows, and climbs the many steep ridges cut by the mountain’s glaciers and rivers. Hiking this route takes you through all the beauty that the national park has to offer in one trip. Rainier all the while. I have the Bobos Oat Bar for breakfast instead of good’ole oatmeal because I get to pick up the food cache early this afternoon! Hiking for miles in hushed forests with enormous trunks that are so old the spaces feel sacred. Jan 10, 2017 - Plan custom itineraries for hiking Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail with this tool. ), (17mi / 27.4km, Elevation Gain & Loss: 1408m & 1283m, Total distance: 36.3mi / 58.4.1km). Day 1: Your guide will pick you up at your Seattle hotel early for introductions, paperwork, and a group equipment check to make sure we have what we expect to need on the trek. Jun 12, 2013 - Great West Coast hikes, backcountry cooking tips and recipes, and the art of backpacking. It is also the longest, thickest and largest volume of any glacier in the lower 48. I was thinking that it was cool because we’d be getting the elevation for the day out of the way. days. Fuel for Today: Breakfast — Oatmeal with pineappleLunch — one Bobos Oat BarSnack — half cornbread from civilization, aka Wholefoods, one PickyBarsDinner — Instant rice (with Bokrice, Jajjang seasoning, 1/3 wasted because the sauce was just YUK. Day 2 Northern Lights After a cup of instant coffee, I drag myself up and continue with the trail. Stay in the heart of this Austrian winter-wonderland, where you'll be able to experience the beautiful surroundings on a range of included excursions. There is a $20.00 reservation fee if made in advance. It is almost 9 am when I get the permit from the WIC. Rainier, a massive, glaciated volcano and the tallest mountain in Washington State (14,410'). The Wonderland Trail offers 360-degree views of of ways to see Mount Rainier. Even on the “lost” trail, I see them running towards the “wrong” route and think they are cute. To be fair, I get lost on the trail twice because I can’t follow the trail due to the snow and getting back on the right path not only adds up the distance but also the mental tiredness. I genuinely think of going to the Goat Rocks area, but my mental strength just isn’t there to do another backpacking. If I had known Indian Bar campsite is right next to the gigantic creek, I’d have stayed another night on the trail. Unfortunately or fortunately, the food cache has a lot more food than my expectation. The Trip The Wonderland Trail is one of the greatest hikes on earth. Episode 3– White River, Glacier Basin, Forest Lake Day 1. He only runs with a small water bottle in his hand. Every year, our runners find out just how stunning, challenging and even daunting the Wonderland Trail can be. At the Tahoma suspension bridge, I have a quick lunch with seasonings & white rice, and Gim(seaweed). Now, I have to divide my food into three parts so I can pack one part into my backpack and make two bucketfuls of food cache to be kept at Longmire WIC and Mowich Lake’s Cabinet. It rained once again last night, but Klapatche Park and Aurora lake are pristine. The Wonderland Trail is 93 miles long, includes 22,000' of elevation gain and loss, and circumnavigates the tallest point in Washington: Mt. Due to the geographic location of Mount Rainier and the elevation, snow often covers the trail into early July. Of course, climate is changing and we’ve seen crazy high snow years and low ones in recent years, so it’s hard to say when the trails will be open, and personal comfort is an important factor. Booking Hotline. This epic tour is the advanced kind, offering two very long days with big climbs and descents. Being a ranger is one of the coolest jobs. From Golden Lake, it is an easy uphill and long downhill before the trail crosses North Puyallup River. I arrive at Cougar Creek Camp just before midnight, and thankfully, there are a few camping sites left. However, due to that section being forested, the glacier can only be seen towards the bottom. Rainier all the while. As fate would have it, we were able to hike the east side of the Wonderland Trail, but required a truly bizarre set of circumstances to make happen. The Wonderland Trail is an adventure of about 90 miles (145 km), encircling Washington State’s Mt. Doing so however requires a big investment in time off from work. Don't plan on using Mowich Lake or Sunrise as trailheads or food cache locations early or late in the season. The Wonderland Trail is nearly a 100-mile circuit that circumnavigates 14,411-foot Mount Rainier, Washington. The rain is pouring more and more with the thunderstorm, so I quickly set up the tent and shove everything inside the tent and vestibule. Despite the short distance, the uphill from Golden Lake to Klapatche Park is one of the steepest section so far. Each camp has a composting toilet and a nearby water source. A stay here will add a couple of miles to your itinerary. Paradise Inn is located in the town of Paradise. Klapatche Park is famous for being the most beautiful camp on the trail, so I accept her suggestion and decide to stay at Golden Lake Camp the night before Klapatche Park. The lake clearly mirrors Mt. The Wonderland Trail (WT) is 93 miles (150kms) long and encircles Mount Rainier. Sign up in seconds. Wonderland Trail custom itinerary planner. The rest of the trail is quite eventless and mellow-steepness, which I appreciate. From Mowich Lake the trail rises only a few hundred feet in elevation climbing to Ipsut Pass. )Longmire Food Cache — one PB&J, two bananas, watermelon juice (eek)Snack — an apple, 3 Musketeers chocolate bar (good! When I went on one-month vanlife last year, I didn’t feel lonely as much. Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm: Sat: Closed: Sun: Closed: Bank Holidays: Closed: Customer Service. I dip my feet into the ice-cold water for recovery, but it hurts so bad that I can’t dip in for more than 10 seconds. I loved this trek, as did the two other guys in my group- one of which doesn’t even particularly like hiking (a fact we learned on day two- go figure). About the Wonderland Trail. The first human I meet on the trail was a trail-runner who runs from Mowich lake to top of the Spray Park. Agents. Rainier and its deep glacial valleys. While I am hiding in the tent, an Asian woman came to my site and asked where I’m from. It is also the longest, thickest and largest volume of any glacier in the lower 48. The loop is a challenging hike with lots of elevation change, taking travelers from high alpine peaks, to glaciers and glacial valleys, to sub-alpine meadows, to temperate rainforests, to cascading rivers, affording spectacular views of Mt. Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 . The Big Window Wonderland Trail encourages households to display Christmas cheer in their windows, so that over the weekend of December 19 and 20 children and their families can take part in a trail spotting festive window displays in their local area as an alternative to some of the Christmas events that have been cancelled or modified this year. Simply put, the Wonderland Trail should be on every backpacker’s bucket list. The snow-FULL section from Indian Bar to Panhandle Gap is overly difficult. Tomorrow is going to be easier than today! We both decided on the Salomon Agile 17 litre, a stretch-fit pack designed for running with one main compartment, mesh side pockets along with pockets on the waist harness, and Salomon’s usual ‘4D pole holder’ for our running poles – yes, running pole… I am planning so many things to make sure I spend the next three days — off the trail but still in Seattle area — worth every minute because this type of long vacation won’t come again for a while. Some Wonderland Trail news to slow you down. Since today is the longest day of the entire thru-hike (well the sixth day became the longer one, but it wasn’t planned on this date), I make sure to get up early and break the camp within an hour. I want to stay at the National Inn and have the last day chilling and get some hot food easily without driving out the Park. Rainier is the tallest and most significant glaciated volcano in the contiguous United States [1]. On top of that, I feel a bit inconvenient not being able to know the upcoming weather. A number of side hikes along the way will tempt more miles from you. By thepurpleninja on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Fastpack Essentials. Of course, climate is changing and we’ve seen crazy high snow years and low ones in recent years, so it’s hard to say when the trails will be open, and personal comfort is an important factor. Eventually, I make it through, so I guess that’s what matters. Copyright © 2011 - 2020 The Wonderland Trail Guide, Sort shoes on Amazon by discounts in your size, Longmire Wilderness Information Center at Longmire, Sunrise Visitor Center (When Sunrise Road is open), White River Campground (use this when Sunrise Road is closed), Mowich Lake (When Mowich Lake Road is open). There are three Wilderness Information Centers (Longmire, Paradise, White River) and one ranger station (Carbon River) that issue permits for wilderness camping. Fastpack trail descriptions & Strava links: 90 total miles, 27K vertical feet Day One of the Wonderland, Longmire to Mowich: 34 miles, 11K vertical feet []. He shouts sorry and proceeds on (I meet him again on day 6…). Fastpack Essentials. What is the Wonderland Trail? Sitting inside the tent, I don’t feel any better because the rain makes a total mess because it bounces subalpine fir leaves on the ground into the tent vestibule. Claire’s Wonderland Trail Itinerary Box Canyon to Fryingpan Creek (counterclockwise) in 4 days. Sadly, there are at least five reliable streams on the way to the peak. At ~95 miles with 26,000 feet of cumulative … At first, finding routes at Panhandle Gap routes wasn’t as difficult as I expected. No wonder everyone I talk while waiting for the WIC to open was attempting the summit climb. Rainier’s summertime, not the usual summer timeframe. With a 10 day itinerary, we decided to take advantage of only one cache location, and that was at Longmire. Glad I decided to change the campsite from Maple Creek to Nickel Creek because this humid and wet section of the trail drags me deep down. Facebook; Twitter; Google; Reddit; Email Tip: Export as PDF for print-friendly view. However, I feel like the trail keeps stretching itself and not taking me to the Mowich Lake. It is a world-class hike that has been on my mind for years so finally being able to complete it was such a wonderful feeling, but it wasn't . Looking back, when I saw the snow-free map at the Longmire Ranger Station, Spray Park was not a part of a snow-free section. For more info on the hotel check out their website here. Past the river, the steepest uphill starts — it was once again covered with heavy snow. The Wonderland Trail is a 93 mile trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier (Talol, Tahoma) in Mount Rainier National Park. There are 18 backcountry campsites on Wonderland Trail and two on the Spray Park Route. This 93-mile loop gains and descends 23,810’ as it weaves through ancient forests, flows through flower filled meadows, and climbs the many steep ridges cut by the mountain’s glaciers and rivers. But what have I kept saying? I think I should be more patient with distance and time, and not look at the Guthook Guides (GPS App) as much. I set up a tripod and my iPhone X to film myself crossing the snow-covered slope, and as I check the screen to make sure I’m pointing the right side, I spot four bear family running across the snowfield. At the Mowich Lake, an old couple is waiting for their son and his friends to come and pick up their food cache. The terrain is challenging, yet rewarding. I’m glad I decided to hike this trail, backpacking, and thru-hiking. I was so, so wrong… We had 32 miles to get to White River (clockwise around Mt Rainier), and we had determined that it would be the hardest day of elevation. There is a $20.00 reservation fee if made in advance. Rainier National Park. Indian Henry’s Patrol Cabin easily presents one of the top three views so far. The Wonderland Trail is really only accessible during the summertime. The Wonderland Trail passes through deep rain forests, crosses tall mountain passes, alpine meadows and glacial streams. One of the most critical aspects is the mosquitos. It is a stunningly beautiful trail that oscillates between deep, volcanic valleys, dense forests of old growth trees and high alpine parks and ridges. I am super naive to think that 10 miles in Wonderland Trail would be a piece of cake and I should be done in 4 hours. It is my first time witnessing a bear family, and I am both scary and astonished. Fuel for Today: Breakfast — 1 Bobos Chocolate chip Bite and 1.5 Picky BarsAt Mowich Lake Food Cache — half Snickers 220kcal, two bananas, five cherries, one small peach, 3.5 white bread with 3 tbsp of strawberry jam, half bag of Cheetos cheese mixDinner — an apple, Justin’s maple peanut butter dip, Jjapaghetti, (7.6mi / 12.2km, Elevation Gain & Loss: 766m & 591m, Total distance: 43.9mi / 70.7km). High passes provide staggering views of Mt. It makes me very anxious, and it’s not the ideal mindset of a thru-hiker. I don’t know about the condition and learn it the tough way. On the Wonderland Trail there are 18 established camps (plus two more on the … Episode 5– Palisades Lake Trail, a Bear and a River of Lupine. The Wonderland Trail doesn’t pass through paradise but it does pass nearby. It has has tons of incredibly useful information covering every aspect of organizing the trip, fantastic trail descriptions, and many itinerary options depending on how long you want to be out on the trail. I pass out for good 10–20 minutes on the wooden bench. Grab the Green Trails Wonderland Map or the National Geographic Mount Rainier National Park map. Rainier. Episode 2– Summerland on The Wonderland. The Wonderland trail started off with a slight climb, and as we continued on, the degree of incline increased. I also take down the laundry, which ends up not getting a chance to be crisp-dried for a few more days. I decide to take a short nap. Quite literally the only itinerary we could get put us on the Eastside Trail, which the ranger admitted was far less scenic than the east side of the Wonderland Trail. D uring its 93 mile (150 km) course, it passes through a diverse collection of ecosystems ranging from temperate rainforests to subalpine meadows to alpine tundra, and includes a breathtaking, knee-wobbling 46,000 ft (14,021 m) … As I reach Longmire, I get to see cars in 6(!) Surprisingly, there is no one but me. When the rain stops and the sun comes out, I re-hang the laundry, but then it fucking starts to rain again. Today covers the shortest distance of the entire trail. The Wonderland Trail in 3 Days (Day 1) September 10, 2013 By Joe Bauer 0 Comments With the Wonderland Trail behind me and the soreness still lingering in my legs I write you this story about our 3 day, 93 mile journey around Mt Rainier. They don’t seem to care what hikers are doing. It’s the simplest yet one of the most thoughtful and well-planned systems. Due to the water, I feel like my backpack was the heaviest of all trail. Export itinerary . I want to take a dip, so I get naked and jump into the lake. In addition, supposed to be amphibian-filled Aurora Lake looks pristine. (As I show this footage to one of the rangers at Longmire, she tells me that the white four-legged animals are not bears but mountain goats…) Activities that I do seasonally help navigate through uncertain snow routes: ski-mountaineering from the last winter season and orienteering. Fuel for Today: Breakfast — Oatmeal with mango, small apple, one big bananaSnack — three small bananas, Chex MixLunch — Shinramyun, 200kcalDinner — Instant potato (with four cheese seasoning, nutritional yeast, freeze dried veggie & black bean), 7/4/2018 1030am-530pm: Granite Creek to Cataract Valley, (10.9mi / 17.5km, Elevation Gain & Loss:903m & 1318m, Total distance: 19.3mi / 31.1km). The river presents the spectacular view of some peaks and waterfalls, and the churning water makes super loud noise. If you are a strong hiker, you can section hike the trail and do it on weekends, or better yet, a weekend plus a Friday or a Monday added to either end. Perhaps the biggest aspect in planning to hike the Wonderland Trail is you knowing your hiking skills, abilities and habits. Generate daily elevation profiles and distances. To travel this trail is to experience the ecosystems, beauty, and savagery of the mountain. The first thing we started to nerd out on was our packs. It usually takes 20–25 minutes to drive down from Paradise to Longmire, so I run out from the Paradise WIC to the rental car and speed my way down to Longmire WIC. Wonderland Trail Map (PDF) The Wonderland Trail Adventure (93 miles circumnavigating Mt. Circumnavigating the mountain’s glaciated flanks lies the Wonderland Trail. 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