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Caching Food and Fuel

 
Food Cache

Food cache

CACHING FOOD & FUEL

For hikers on the Wonderland Trail there is the option to cache food at several locations along the 93 mile (150km) route. Food can either be mailed in advance of the hike, or you may drop it off at the cache location once you arrive in the park. In either case, food must be packaged in a plastic container to keep rodents out of your food supply. Many choose to use a five gallon plastic bucket or a Rubbermaid-like container. It is suggested you mail your cache so that it arrives at least two weeks in advance of when you expect to pick up your cache in the park. The park does not courier food caches from one location to the other. At the time your food cache is received at the Ranger Station it should have printed on the container: the name of the permit holder, the permit number, the location the cache will be picked up and the date the cache will be picked up. When your cache arrives at the Ranger Station it is logged into a Food Cache Logbook. We will have you sign for it when you come in to pick it up.

Park staff do not transport food caches around the park. You must mail or hand-deliver your caches to the locations where you intend to pick them up (see below).

If your food cache remains unclaimed by the time the Ranger Station closes for the season, it will be donated to local food banks.

Fuel may not be mailed or stored in the food cache container at Longmire, or mailed separately. It is a fire and safety hazard. If you arrive at the park with fuel and you need to have it stored for the duration of the hike, fuel may be cached at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center at Longmire inside a special fuel locker, the food cache container located at the White River Campground near the ranger station, the food cache container at Sunrise or the food cache container at the Mowich Lake Patrol Cabin. As fuel cannot be mailed it must only be delivered in person. As the season progresses we often have a surplus of white gas (and some canister fuel). We are happy to give you the fuel for free if we have it.

The only locations in the park where you can purchase basic supplies are at the General Store at Longmire, and the Day-use Lodge at Sunrise.

Locations for caching food:

  • Longmire Wilderness Information Center at Longmire
  • White River Campground at White River
  • Sunrise Visitor Center at Sunrise
  • The Mowich Lake Patrol Cabin at Mowich Lake

NOTE: Food Cache locations at Sunrise and Mowich Lake are late openers because of snow. Consider the White River Campground in lieu of Sunrise as an alternate location for caching your food if you are hiking before early July. Because Ipsut Creek Campground has no vehicular access secondary to the severe flooding of November 2006, there is not an option to cache food at that location. Facilities at Sunrise close for the season shortly after Labor Day. Food caches for Mowich Lake are best delivered no later than mid-September as the road is subject to closing for the season depending on weather conditions.

ALSO NOTE: Food caches that are to be picked up at Mowich Lake are sent to one of the two addresses below for Carbon River. Rangers will be sure to take your food cache to the storage bin next to the Mowich Lake Patrol Cabin before the pick-up date you have written on your cache. The same applies for caches that you plan to pick up at Sunrise... they are mailed to the White River RS at the address below but are delivered to Sunsire by Rangers before your planned pick-up date. Food caches that you plan to pick up at the White River Campground are mailed to the White River Ranger Station which is located at the park entrance. Rangers will take the cache to the White River Campground before you arrive. The food storage bin is located behind the Ranger Station at the White River Campground. Be sure to indicated on your container if you plan to pick up the cache at the White River Camground or Sunrise. There is no food cache pick-up at the White River Wilderness Information Center as it is miles from the nearest Wonderland Trail access point.


For operating hours and seasons, travel here.

To send a food cache to Longmire:

NOTE: UPS and FED EX are the only two options for mailing your food cache to Longmire. The U.S. Postal Service has stopped delivering mail to Longmire.

Mount Rainier National Park
ATTN: Longmire WIC
Longmire Warehouse
Longmire, WA 98397


To send a food cache to White River or Sunrise:

(Sending via USPS, UPS or FedEx)

Mount Rainier National Park

White River WIC

70002 SR 410 East

Enumclaw, WA 98022

Please indicate on your container if you will be picking up the food cache at the White River Campground or at Sunrise.


To send a food cache to Mowich Lake:

(Sending via UPS or FedEx)

Mount Rainier National Park

Carbon River Ranger Station

35415 Fairfax Forest Reserve Road East

Carbonado, WA 98323


(Sending to Mowich Lake via U.S. Mail)

Mount Rainier National Park

Carbon River Ranger Station

P.O. Box 423

Wilkeson, WA 98396


Remember to include this information on the food cache container: the name of the permit holder, the permit number, the location the cache will be picked up and the date the cache will be picked up.

Did You Know?

Artist rendering of the new Paradise Visitor Center.

The park recently completed building a new visitor center at Paradise & rehabilitating the historic Paradise Inn. The new visitor center is more sustainable and less expensive to operate than the existing visitor center. The Paradise Inn, after 90 years of use, was in need of rehabilitation.