Trails and Backcountry Camp Conditions

 
Panhandle Gap July 31, 2022
Panhandle Gap July 31, 2022

Devon Funt

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.

Please note that many park roads and facilities close during winter. At any time during the year the weather can change quickly and unexpectedly. Always check current weather conditions before heading out on a trail.

 

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 Mount Rainier.

Be prepared for harsh conditions and fast-changing weather. River crossings are prone to washing 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. Expect log footbridges and other river crossings to be washed out during the fall/winter, when powerful rain events are common. These crossings are not replaced until the following spring/summer. Be prepared... mountain weather is good one minute, daunting the next. Learn more about hiking safety.

Check the Northwest Avalanche Center Report and the Mount Rainier Recreational Weather Report before heading out. Avalanche assessment and route-finding skills are needed for many winter activities in the park. Learn more about winter recreation.
Do not leave valuables in your car. While break-ins are infrequent, they do occur.

NOTE: Please note the date for reports and recognize that changes may have occurred since the report. Conditions are updated when there is new information.

Register for Permits During the Winter and Spring Season

Winter Camping Permits

  • Backpackers may pick up permits at the Longmire Museum beginning October 11, 2022.
  • Climbers can self register at the Paradise Old Station.
  • Permits for overnight camping in the backcountry are required year-round.
  • From October 11, 2021-May 26, 2022, permits can be obtained at the Carbon River Ranger Station and at the Longmire Museum.
  • For trips starting in the northeast (SR410) or southeast (SR123) corners of the park, permits can be obtained by self-registration at the Crystal Lakes trailhead and the White River WIC for trips in the northeast corner of the park and at the Southeast entrance archway for trips in the southeast corner of the park.
  • Winter group permits (13 or more people) can be obtained in advance on Recreation.gov as soon as there is the required five feet of consolidated snow on the ground at Paradise. Permits for parties of 12 or fewer can be obtained in person the day your trip starts of one day prior.

Climbers

  • October-April climbers can self-register at the Paradise Old Ranger Station. The Annual Climbing Fee is required for each climber before self-registration. Details on paying the Annual Climbing Fee online are available on the Climbing webpage.

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.

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Summary

The Carbon River Ranger Station 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 River & Mowich Area Trails Map

Carbon Glacier Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023.
Chenuis Fall Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023 Bridge is OUT. Crossing is not advised.
Green Lake Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Ipsut Falls Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Northern Loop: Carbon River- Windy Gap Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Paul Peak Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Rain Forest Loop Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Spray Park Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Seattle Park Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Tolmie Peak Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023


Trails in the Longmire Area

The main road to Longmire is OPEN year round.

Trail Name

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Summary Longmire Area Trails Map
Carter Falls (from Cougar Rock Campground) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Comet Falls Trail (Van Trump Park Trail) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Denman Falls Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Eagle Peak Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Goat Lake Trail (Glacier View Wilderness) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023 Forest Service Road 59 CLOSED.
Kautz Creek Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Lake George & Gobblers Knob Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Mildred Point Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Mirror Lakes Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Narada Falls Trail (Paradise to viewpoint below Narada Falls) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
North Puyallup River Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Rampart Ridge Loop Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Rampart Ridge Trail (Upper section from Wonderland Trail to Van Trump Park and Comet Falls) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Round Pass Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Saint Andrews Creek Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
South Puyallup River Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Trail of the Shadows Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Twin Firs Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Tahoma Creek Trail CLOSED DUE TO DEBRIS FLOW AND HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. THE TAHOMA CREEK HAS TAKEN OVER THE TRAIL. NOTE: This is an unmaintained trail in an area with high risk of geohazards such as flooding and debris flows. These events have occurred frequently in the past and are expected to occur again. There are only remnants of this trail remaining. Navigation is difficult and the route is hazardous. It is NOT recommended to hike Tahoma Creek Trail.


Trails in the Ohanapecosh Area

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% Snow Cover

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Summary Ohanapecosh Area Trails Map
Cowlitz Divide Trail (Olallie Creek Trail)
Eastside Trail

Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023

Grove of the Patriarchs Trail CLOSED: BRIDGE HAS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND IS CLOSED.
Laughingwater Creek Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Pacific Crest Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Shriner Peak Trail .Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Silver Falls Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023

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 (Twitter account not required to view).

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

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Summary Paradise Area Trails Map
Alta Vista Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Dead Horse Creek Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Fourth Crossing Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Glacier Vista Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Golden Gate Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
High Lakes Loop Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Lakes Trail (Mazama Ridge) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Moraine Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Nisqually Vista Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Paradise Glacier Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Pebble Creek Trail (to the base of the Muir Snowfield) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Pinnacle Peak Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Skyline Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Snow Lake/Bench Lake Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Stevens Creek Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023

Trails in the White River Area

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Summary Sunrise Area Trails Map
Burroughs Mountain Trail To First Burroughs (from Frozen Lake) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
First Burroughs Mountain LOOP Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Burroughs Mountain to Glacier Basin Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Crystal Lakes Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Crystal Peak Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Emmons Moraine Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Glacier Basin Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Grand Park Trail (via Northern Loop Trail) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Huckleberry Creek Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Lake Eleanor Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Mt. Fremont Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Naches Peak Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Northern Loop Trail: Berkeley Park to Windy Gap Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from White River Road) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from Highway 123) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) NORTH from Chinook Pass to Sourdough Gap. Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) SOUTH from Chinook Pass to Laughingwater Creek Trail junction Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Palisades Lakes Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Silver Forest Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Sourdough Ridge Trail West (Sunrise to Frozen Lake) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Sourdough Ridge Trail East (Sunrise to Sunrise Point) Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Sunrise Rim Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Tipsoo Lake Trail Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023

Wonderland Trail

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

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Summary Use caution when hiking on steep snow; even a small patch can be icy and slippery between late evening and early morning.
Extra caution should be used when crossing rivers in the time of high water during warm weather days. Refer to Crossing Streams Safely
Longmire to Indian Henry's Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Indian Henry's to South Puyallup River Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Klapatche Park to North Puyallup River Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
North Puyallup River to Golden Lakes Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Golden Lakes to South Mowich River Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
South Mowich River to Mowich Lake Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Mowich Lake to Ipsut Creek Campground
Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Ipsut Creek Campground to Carbon Glacier Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Carbon Glacier to Mystic Lake Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Mystic Lake to Sunrise Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Sunrise to White River Campground
Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
White River Campground to Summerland Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Summerland to Indian Bar Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Indian Bar to Box Canyon Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Box Canyon to Reflection Lakes

Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Reflection Lakes to Narada Falls Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023
Narada Falls to Longmire Trail Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023

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) Bear poles are down for the season. Diligently practice proper food storage; never leave food unattended including in a backpack or tent; never leave food in a tent at night.
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')

Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole up. Toilet open.
Cataract Valley Camp #6/1 (4620') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open.
Dick Creek Camp #2/0 (4185') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole up. Toilet Open.
Eagle's Roost Camp #7/0 (4885') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open.
Ipsut Creek #12/1 (2400') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear boxes in.
Mowich Lake Walk-in Camp (4900') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear box in.
Mystic Camp #7/1 (5570') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open.
South Mowich River Camp #3/1 (2605') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole UP. Toilet open.

Longmire/Paradise Area Backcountry Camps

All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtain Wilderness Camping permits daily at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center (Summer only) or the Longmire Museum (After Columbus Day-Memorial Day).

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation)
Summary Most bear poles are down for the season. Diligently practice proper food storage; never leave food unattended including in a backpack or tent; never leave food in a tent at night.
Devil's Dream Camp #7/1 (5060') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. 1 Bear poles up.
Golden Lakes Camp #5/1 (5130') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear poles DOWN.
Klapatche Park Camp #4/0 (5515') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Lake George Camp #5/1 (4320') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear poles DOWN.
Maple Creek Camp #4/1 (2815') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
North Puyallup River Camp #3/1 (3750') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Paradise River Camp #3/1 (3805') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Pyramid Creek Camp #2/0 (3765') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Snow Lake Camp #2/0 (4690') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
South Puyallup River Camp #4/1 (4000') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear poles DOWN.

Eastside Backcountry Camps

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation)
Summary Most bear poles are down for the season. Diligently practice proper food storage; never leave food unattended including in a backpack or tent; never leave food in a tent at night.
Berkeley Park Camp #2/1 (5375') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Deer Creek Camp #2/0 (2950') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Dick's Lake Camp #1/0 (5675') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Fire Creek Camp #3/1 (4300') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Forest Lake Camp #1/0 (5660') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Glacier Basin Camp #5/1 (5965')

Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear barrels OUT.

Granite Creek #3/1 (5765')
Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Indian Bar #4/1 (5120') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
James Camp #3/1 (4620') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Lake Eleanor Camp #3/1 (5000') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Lower Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5450') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Nickel Creek Camp #3/1 (3385') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Olallie Creek Camp #2/1 (3940') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Shriner Peak Camp #2/0 (5355') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Summerland Camp #5/1 (5940') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Sunrise Walk-In Camp #8/2 (6245') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear box in.
Tamanos Creek Camp #4/2 (5270') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Three Lakes Camp #2/1 (4680') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Upper Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5825') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
Upper Palisades Lake Camp #2/0 (5835') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.
White River Walk-in Camp #3/1 (4300') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear box in.
Yellowstone Cliffs Camp #2/0 (5180') Conditions will not be updated from October 10, 2022 through mid-June 2023. Bear pole DOWN.

Last updated: October 16, 2022

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