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Trails and Backcountry Camp Conditions

 
A large blowdown on the Wonderland Trail

The Trail Crew clearing a large tree from the Wonderland Trail

Mount Rainier can receive 700 or more inches of snow each winter. When spring comes to the mountains it is a very busy time for Park Rangers. The previous fall usually brings the rainy season which causes damage to trails and camps by raging waters, high winds and falling trees. All this damage gets covered by 10-20 feet of snow, and there it sits until melt-out which often does not occur in earnest until late June or early July. The snow usually starts melting in high volumes, causing more damage to trails and camps. The Trail Crew may have to clear hundreds of trees from the trails each year. Replacing footlogs and bridges is also a major project. Footlogs are also prone to being washed out anytime there is a prolonged period of rain regardless of the season.

Wilderness Rangers and Trail Crew members are out and about early in the season trying to assess the damage. Given the vastness of the trail system and the volumes of snow, this is a large task. As we get reliable information on the status of a trail, a section of trail or a backcountry camp, that information will be posted here on the website.

 
Backcountry Trails and Camp Reports
Trail and backcountry camp conditions are reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September). A Wilderness Camping Permit is required year round for camping or climbing in the park. Always check with Park Rangers for trail conditions before heading out into the backcountry. FIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED in the wilderness at Mt. Rainier.


Be prepared for harsh conditions and fast-changing weather. River crossings are prone to be being washed out, potentially leaving you stranded on one side of the crossing. Always cross early in the day when water levels are at their lowest. Use extreme caution anytime you attempt to ford a river or creek. Be prepared... mountain weather is good one minute, daunting the next.

Do not leave valuables in your car. While break-ins are infrequent, they do occur.

Trails in the Carbon River Area
The Carbon River Road to Ipsut Creek Campground is CLOSED at the park entrance because of 2006 flood damage. It is now a five mile hike into Ipsut Creek Campground. Bikes are permitted ONLY as far as Ipsut Creek Campground. All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtain backcountry camping permits at the Carbon River Ranger Station.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary

On May 1, 2013, a new Ranger Station opened at Carbon River. It is located 5.5 miles past the Mowich Lake turn-off, toward the Carbon River entrance. It is on the left side of the road.

Ipsut Creek Campground is being managed as a backcountry camp. A wilderness permit will be required to camp at Ipsut Creek. Fires and pets are not permitted beyond the point where public vehicles can legally park at the park entrance.

Carbon Glacier Trail 0 The lower crossing of the Carbon River is prone to being washed out during heavy rains or extended high temperatures. Check with rangers for the current status of the crossing. 8/18/14
Chenuis Fall 0 The crossing is IN. 5/5/14
Green Lake 0 4/10/14
Ipsut Falls 0 6/14/14
Northern Loop: Carbon River- Windy Gap 0 Windy Gap has a few large sections of snow but the trail is visible from the other side. Flowers are in full bloom in Yellowstone Cliffs area. 8/7/14
Paul Peak Trail 0 Some flowers are starting to show. 5/26/14
Rain Forest Loop 0 4/22/14
Spray Park 1 Please be mindful of where you step in the fragile meadows of Spray Park. Route finding across the snowfields just east of the ridge that separates Spray Park from Seattle Park can be tricky. Please bring a 1:24,000 scale topo map, know how to read it and consult it often. Some parties who did not read their map have lost the trail in this area and have spent hours climbing up and away from the Spray Park trail unintentionally. These Snowfields last all summer and so do challenges navigating them. 8/30/14
Seattle Park 4 Several snowfields remain near the pass. 8/21/14
Tolmie Peak 0 Some mud on the trail at Eunice Lake. Please stay on established trails to help protect fragile meadows. Thank you. 7/27/14

Trails in the Longmire Area
The main road to Longmire is OPEN year round. All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtain backcountry camping permit daily at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center or the Paradise Visitor Center.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary The Westside Road is open. 6/17/14
Carter Falls (from Cougar Rock Campground) 0 Snow-free. 5/12/14
Comet Falls Trail (Van Trump Park Trail) 0/0 7825/14
Denman Falls Trail 0 6/17/14
Eagle Peak Trail 0 8/4/14
Goat Lake Trail (Glacier View Wilderness) 0 Forest Service road 59 is not recommended for the family car. It is laden with deep potholes, ruts and is in generally poor condition for a car. While four-wheel drive is not needed, high clearance is recommended. 8/3/14
Kautz Creek Trail 0 8/25/14
Lake George & Gobblers Knob Trail 0 8/3/14
Mildred Point Trail 0 8/3/14
Mirror Lakes Trail 0 The Lakes are melted out. 7/26/14
Narada Falls Trail (Paradise to viewpoint below Narada Falls) 0 8/4/14
North Puyallup River Trail 0 6/15/14
Rampart Ridge Loop Trail 0 6/17/14
Rampart Ridge Trail (Upper section from Wonderland Trail to Van Trump Park and Comet Falls) 0 . 8/3/14
Round Pass Trail 0 5/15/14
Saint Andrews Creek Trail 0 7/11/14
South Puyallup River Trail
0 6/15/14
Trail of the Shadows 0 4/12/14
Twin Firs Trail 0 4/16/14


Trails in the Ohanapecosh Area
All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtain permits at the White River Ranger Station.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary
Cowlitz Divide Trail (Olallie Creek Trail) 0 . 8/3/14
Eastside Trail 0 Flowers blooming. 7/27/14
Grove of the Patriarchs Trail 0 7/23/14
Laughingwater Creek Trail 0 There is a report of a large hornet nest the size of a volleyball 3.5 miles up the trail and on the north side of the trail. 8/28/14
Pacific Crest Trail 0 8/4/14
Shriner Peak Trail 0 7/21/14
Silver Falls Trail 0 4/5/14

Trails in the Paradise Area
The main road to Longmire is OPEN year round. During winter months, the road from Longmire to Paradise closes nightly at the gate at Longmire. Check twitter for daily road status updates. All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtaining backcountry camping permits daily at the Longmire Information Center.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary
Alta Vista Trail 0 8/25/14
Dead Horse Creek Trail 0 7/28/14
Fourth Crossing Trail 0 7/29/14
Glacier Vista Trail 0 8/25/14
Golden Gate Trail 0 8/25/14
High Lakes Loop Trail 0 8/25/14
Lakes Trail (Mazama Ridge) 0 8/18/14
Moraine Trail 0 8/25/14
Nisqually Vista Trail

0

7/14/14
Paradise Glacier Trail 0 8/18/14
Pebble Creek Trail (to the base of the Muir Snowfield) 80 7/28/14
Pinnacle Peak Trail 0 8/18/14
Skyline Trail 2 8/25/14
Snow Lake/Bench Lake Trail 0 7/14/14
Stevens Creek Trail 0 5/22/14

Trails in the White River Area
All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtain permits at the White River Ranger Station, located at the entrance.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Summer flowers are past peak. Lat flowers are blooming. 8/6/14
Burroughs Mountain Trail To First Burroughs 0 Please stay on trail and help us preserve our unique alpine tundra ecosystem. 8/8/14
First Burroughs Mountain LOOP Trail 0 Please stay on trail and help us preserve ourunique alpine tundra ecosystem. 8/8/14
Burroughs Mountain to Glacier Basin Trail 0 One patch of snow left. 7/29/14
Crystal Lakes Trail 0 7/29/14
Crystal Peak Trail
0 7/14/14
Emmons Moraine Trail 0 7/6/14
Glacier Basin Trail 0 Please stay on trail even where trail to prevent killing fragile vegetation. Bear barrels are in place and are intended for food storage only. 7/22/14
Grand Park Trail (via Northern Loop Trail) 0 7/24/14
Huckleberry Creek Trail 0 7/20/14
Lake Eleanor Trail 0 7/23/14
Mt. Fremont Trail 0 7/8/14
Naches Peak Trail 0 7/24/14
Northern Loop Trail: Berkeley Park to Windy Gap 0 8/10/14
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from White River Road) 0 8/24/14
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from Highway 123) 0 8/24/14
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) NORTH form Chinook Pass to Sourdough Gap. 0 7/11/18
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) SOUTH from Chinook Pass 0 8/6/14
Palisades Lakes Trail 0 7/26/14
Silver Forest Trail 0 Snow-free. 7/11/14
Sourdough Ridge Trail West (Sunrise to Frozen Lake) 0 8/8/14
Sourdough Ridge Trail East (Sunrise to Sunrise Point) 0 8/8/14
Sunrise Rim Trail 0 8/3/14
Tipsoo Lake Trail 0 Please help us keep wildlife wild and do not feed animals in the Tipsoo Lake area, or elsewhere in the park. 7/27/14

Wonderland Trail
All backcountry camping requires a permit.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary
Longmire to Indian Henry's 0 8/3/14
Indian Henry's to South Puyallup River 0 7/29/14
South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park 0 5/15/14
Klapatche Park to North Puyallup River 0 7/29/14
North Puyallup River to Golden Lakes 0 7/29/14
Golden Lakes to South Mowich River 0 The South Mowich River crossing is prone to going out during extended hot weather or heavy rain. Ask the ranger about the status of the crossing. 8/11/14
South Mowich River to Mowich Lake 0 The South Mowich River crossing is prone to going out during extended hot weather or heavy rain. Ask the ranger about the status of the crossing. 8/11/14
Mowich Lake to Ipsut Creek Campground 0 7/29/14
Ipsut Creek Campground to Carbon Glacier 0 The lower crossing of the Carbon River is prone to being washed out during heavy rains or extended high temperatures. Check with rangers for the current status of the crossing. 8/18/14
Carbon Glacier to Mystic Lake 0 7/25/14
Mystic Lake to Sunrise 0 As of 9/8/14 there was a yellowjacket nest one mile west of Granite Creek Camp. There is pink flagging to mark the location. 9/8/14
Sunrise to White River Campground 0 7/27/14
White River Campground to Summerland 0 As of 9/24/14 the Wonderland Trail crossing of the White River at the White River Campground, is OUT. Signs are in place for a detour. If you are hiking clockwise, you will need to walk the road out of the campground until you come to the Sunrise road. Turn right on the Sunrise road and walk down the road toward the White River Entrance. You will eventually see a sign for the Wonderland Trail, at which time you can get back on track toward Summerland. The entire detour is about one mile. Best to check with the White River Ranger Station for updates: 360-569-6670. 9/24/14
Summerland to Indian Bar 1 Please stay on the trail to avoid crushing fragile meadow plants. 8/24/14
Indian Bar to Box Canyon 0 On August 19, a yellowjacket nest was reported about halfway between the Cowlitz Divide Trail junction and Nickel Creek. 8/24/14
Box Canyon to Reflection Lakes

0

There is a section of trail just below Martha Falls that is problematic every year in that a section of the trail erodes away into Stevens Creek. Use caution if you attempt to travel across the slide area. 8/3/14
Reflection Lakes to Narada Falls 0 8/3/14
Narada Falls to Longmire 0 8/3/14


Carbon Area Backcountry Camps
The road to Ipsut Creek Campground is closed at the park entrance, secondary to flood damage in 2006. All backcounrty camping requires a permit. Obtain Wilderness Permits at Carbon River just inside the entrance to the park.

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation) Be extra diligent in storing your food on the bear poles as bears have been espcecially active this summer. Store ALL items that might attract animals: soap, toothpaste, pots, pans, etc.
Summary

The road to Ipsut Creek is CLOSED. The hike is 5 miles from the Carbon River Entrance to Ipsut Creek Campground, which is now managed as a wilderness camp and requires a wilderness permit. There is a new Ranger Station located about 2 miles before the Carbon River entrance. This is the place to get permits and information for the Carbon/Mowich area.The Ranger Station at the entrance is no longer in operation.

Carbon River Camp #4/1 (3195')

0 Bear poles are up, toilet is open. 5/26/14
Cataract Valley Camp #6/1 (4620') 0 Bear poles are up. 7/7/14
Dick Creek Camp #2/0 (4185') 0 5/26/14
Eagle's Roost Camp #7/0 (4885') 0 Bear poles up, toilet open. 6/8/14
Ipsut Creek #12/1 (2400')
Mowich Lake Walk-in Camp (4900') 0 712/14
Mystic Camp #7/1 (5570') 0 Both bear poles are up and toilets open. 7/8/14
South Mowich River Camp #3/1 (2605') 0 Bear pole up and toilet open. 5/26/14


Longmire/Paradise Area Backcountry Camps
All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtain Wilderness Camping permits daily at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center, the Longmire Museum (open year-round) or The Paradise Visitor Center.

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation)
Summary
Devil's Dream Camp #7/1 (5060') 0 Bear poles are up. Toilet is open. 7/20/14
Golden Lakes Camp #5/1 (5130') 0 Toilet open. Bear poles up. 7/9/14
Klapatche Park Camp #4/0 (5515') 0 Toilet is open, bear pole is up. 7/11/14
Lake George Camp #5/1 (4320') 0 Bear poles are up and the toilet is open. 6/14/14
Maple Creek Camp #4/1 (2815') 0 Toilet is open and bear poles are up. 5/20/14
North Puyallup River Camp #3/1 (3750') 0 Bear pole is up, toilet is open 6/15/14
Paradise River Camp #3/1 (3805') 0 Toilet is open. The bear pole is up. Some standing water in a few of the sites. 6/3/14
Pyramid Creek Camp #2/0 (3765') 0 Toilet open, bear pole up. 5/24/14
Snow Lake Camp #2/0 (4690') 0 Toilet open, bear pole is up. 7/5/14
South Puyallup River Camp #4/1 (4000') 0 Bear poles are up and the toilet is open. 6/15/14


Eastside Backcountry Camps
All backcountry camps require a permit.

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation)
Summary
Berkeley Park Camp #2/1 (5375') 0 Bear pole is up, the toilet is open. 7/8/14
Deer Creek Camp #2/0 (2950') 0 Bear pole up, toilet open. 5/20/14
Dick's Lake Camp #1/0 (5675') 0 Bear pole is up, toilet is open 7/26/14
Fire Creek Camp #3/1 (4300') 0 Toilet open and bear pole is up. 7/8/14
Forest Lake Camp #1/0 (5660') 0 Bear pole up, toilet open. 7/20/14
Glacier Basin Camp #5/1 (5965') 0

The toilet open. Bear barrels are in place. The barrels are intended for food storage only. When you leave the camp please take all food items you left in the barrel with you.

7/20/14
Granite Creek #3/1 (5765')

0 Both bear poles up, one toilet is open. 7/1/14
Indian Bar #4/1 (5120') 0 Toilet is open, bear poles are up. 7/24/14
James Camp #3/1 (4620') 0 Toilet open and bear poles up. 7/8/14
Lake Eleanor Camp #3/1 (5000') 0 The toilet is open, bear pole is up. 6/22/14
Lower Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5450') 0 Toilet open, bear pole is up. 6/21/14
Nickel Creek Camp #3/1 (3385') 0 Toilet open, bear is up. 6/2/14
Olallie Creek Camp #2/1 (3940') 0 The bear pole is up, the toilet is open. 6/28/14
Shriner Peak Camp #2/0 (5355') 0 Bear pole is up. Toilet is open. 7/20/14
Summerland Camp #5/1 (5940') 0 Toilet is open, bear poles are up. 7/15/14
Sunrise Walk-In Camp #8/2 (6245') 0 Bear poles are up, toliet is open. Bears are active in Sunrise and Sunrise Camp area. Always properly store food and any articles that can have odors animals can detect, such as cooking pots, utencils, soap, sunscreen, tooth paste/brushes, medications, etc. 7/26/14
Tamanos Creek Camp #4/2 (5270') 0 Toilet is open, bear pole is up. 7/26/14
Three Lakes Camp #2/1 (4680') 0 Toilet is open, bear pole is not up. 7/23/14
Upper Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5825') 0 Toilet is open, bear pole is up. 6/22/14
Upper Palisades Lake Camp #2/0 (5835') 0 Toilet is open, bear pole is up. 7/26/14
White River Walk-in Camp #3/1 (4300') 0 Bear pole is up. Use the vault toilet in Loop B. 5/30/14
Yellowstone Cliffs Camp #2/0 (5180') 0 Bear pole is up. Toilet is open. 7/23/14

Did You Know?

Gobblers Knob fire lookout.

In the early 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corp constructed fire lookouts throughout the park to help protect the surrounding area from fire. Four historic lookouts still remain in the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District including Tolmie, Shriner, Fremont, and Gobblers Knob.