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.

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.

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. Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

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 Unknown Lower Carbon River bridge is OUT! reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September)
10/17/2020
Chenuis Fall Unknown Bridge is OUT! reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Green Lake Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Ipsut Falls Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Northern Loop: Carbon River- Windy Gap Unknown Lower Carbon River bridge is OUT. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Paul Peak Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Rain Forest Loop 0 reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Spray Park Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Seattle Park Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Tolmie Peak Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020


Trails in the Longmire Area

The main road to Longmire is OPEN year round. Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Longmire Area Trails Map
Carter Falls (from Cougar Rock Campground) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Comet Falls Trail (Van Trump Park Trail) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Denman Falls Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Eagle Peak Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Goat Lake Trail (Glacier View Wilderness) Unknown Not inside Mount Rainier National Park 10/17/2020
Kautz Creek Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Lake George & Gobblers Knob Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Mildred Point Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Mirror Lakes Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Narada Falls Trail (Paradise to viewpoint below Narada Falls) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
North Puyallup River Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Rampart Ridge Loop Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Rampart Ridge Trail (Upper section from Wonderland Trail to Van Trump Park and Comet Falls) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Round Pass Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Saint Andrews Creek Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
South Puyallup River Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Trail of the Shadows Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Twin Firs Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
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. 10/17/2020

Trails in the Ohanapecosh Area Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Ohanapecosh Area Trails Map
Cowlitz Divide Trail (Olallie Creek Trail) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Eastside Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Grove of the Patriarchs Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Laughingwater Creek Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Pacific Crest Trail Unknown Outside of Mount Rainier National Park. Snow above 5,000ft, be prepared for winter conditions with navigation skills required. 10/17/2020
Shriner Peak Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Silver Falls Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020

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). Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Paradise Area Trails Map 10/17/2020
Alta Vista Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Dead Horse Creek Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Fourth Crossing Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Glacier Vista Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Golden Gate Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
High Lakes Loop Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Lakes Trail (Mazama Ridge) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Moraine Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Nisqually Vista Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Paradise Glacier Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Pebble Creek Trail (to the base of the Muir Snowfield) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Pinnacle Peak Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Skyline Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Snow Lake/Bench Lake Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Stevens Creek Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020

Trails in the White River Area Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Sunrise Area Trails Map Sunrise Road is CLOSED for the season. 10/17/2020
Burroughs Mountain Trail To First Burroughs (from Frozen Lake) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
First Burroughs Mountain LOOP Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Burroughs Mountain to Glacier Basin Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Crystal Lakes Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Crystal Peak Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Emmons Moraine Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Glacier Basin Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Grand Park Trail (via Northern Loop Trail) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Huckleberry Creek Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Lake Eleanor Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Mt. Fremont Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Naches Peak Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Northern Loop Trail: Berkeley Park to Windy Gap Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from White River Road) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from Highway 123) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) NORTH from Chinook Pass to Sourdough Gap. Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) SOUTH from Chinook Pass to Laughingwater Creek Trail junction Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Palisades Lakes Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Silver Forest Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Sourdough Ridge Trail West (Sunrise to Frozen Lake) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Sourdough Ridge Trail East (Sunrise to Sunrise Point) Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Sunrise Rim Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Tipsoo Lake Trail Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020

Wonderland Trail Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Use caution when hiking on step snow; evn a small patch can be icy and slippery between late evening and early morning.
Extra caution should be used wehn crossing rivers in the time of high water during warm weather days. Refer to Crossing Streams Safely
10/17/2020
Longmire to Indian Henry's Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Indian Henry's to South Puyallup River Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Klapatche Park to North Puyallup River Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
North Puyallup River to Golden Lakes Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Golden Lakes to South Mowich River Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
South Mowich River to Mowich Lake Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Mowich Lake to Ipsut Creek Campground Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Ipsut Creek Campground to Carbon Glacier Unknown Lower Carbon River bridge is OUT. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Carbon Glacier to Mystic Lake Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Mystic Lake to Sunrise Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Sunrise to White River Campground Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
White River Campground to Summerland Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Summerland to Indian Bar Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Indian Bar to Box Canyon Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Box Canyon to Reflection Lakes

Unknown

reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Reflection Lakes to Narada Falls Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Narada Falls to Longmire Unknown reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020


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. Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation)
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')

Unknown Bear pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Cataract Valley Camp #6/1 (4620') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Dick Creek Camp #2/0 (4185') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open.reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Eagle's Roost Camp #7/0 (4885') Unknown Bear Poles DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Ipsut Creek #12/1 (2400') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Mowich Lake Walk-in Camp (4900') Unknown Bear boxes in. Toile open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Mystic Camp #7/1 (5570') Unknown Bear poles DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
South Mowich River Camp #3/1 (2605') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020


Longmire/Paradise Area Backcountry Camps

All backcountry camping requires a permit. Obtain Wilderness Camping permits daily at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center (Summer only), the Longmire Museum (open year-round) or The Paradise Visitor Center (open weekends only from October-June). Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

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') Unknown Bear poles DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Golden Lakes Camp #5/1 (5130') Unknown Bear poles DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Klapatche Park Camp #4/0 (5515') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Lake George Camp #5/1 (4320') Unknown Bear Poles DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Maple Creek Camp #4/1 (2815') Unknown Bear pole is DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
North Puyallup River Camp #3/1 (3750') Unknown Bear Poles DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Paradise River Camp #3/1 (3805') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet Open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Pyramid Creek Camp #2/0 (3765') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Snow Lake Camp #2/0 (4690') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
South Puyallup River Camp #4/1 (4000') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020

Eastside Backcountry Camps Bear Canisters required in fall/winter/spring months when bear poles are down for the season.

Camp Name

% Snow Cover

Camp Conditions

Update

# of Individual/Group sites are show as #I/G, (elevation)
Summary Diligently practice proper food storage; never leave food unattended including in a backpack or tent; never leave food in a tent at night. 10/17/2020
Berkeley Park Camp #2/1 (5375') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Deer Creek Camp #2/0 (2950') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Dick's Lake Camp #1/0 (5675') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Fire Creek Camp #3/1 (4300') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Forest Lake Camp #1/0 (5660') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Glacier Basin Camp #5/1 (5965') Unknown

Bear barrels NOT in. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September)

10/17/2020
Granite Creek #3/1 (5765')
Unknown Bear PoleS DOWN. Toilets open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Indian Bar #4/1 (5120') Unknown Bear poles DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
James Camp #3/1 (4620') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Lake Eleanor Camp #3/1 (5000') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Lower Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5450') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet is open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Nickel Creek Camp #3/1 (3385') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Olallie Creek Camp #2/1 (3940') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Shriner Peak Camp #2/0 (5355') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Summerland Camp #5/1 (5940') Unknown ALERT!: A bear (+2 cubs) got into 2 different camps, one of those resulted in a food reward. The bear was mostly nonreactive to campers' efforts to scare the bear away. The bear was seen walking through camp a few times a day. Rangers are monitoring the situation.
Diligently practice proper food storage; never leave food unattended including in a backpack or tent; never leave food in a tent at night.
Both bear poles DOWN. Toilet is open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September)
10/17/2020
Sunrise Walk-In Camp #8/2 (6245') Unknown Bear boxes in. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Tamanos Creek Camp #4/2 (5270') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Three Lakes Camp #2/1 (4680') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet is open. Mosquitoes out. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Upper Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5825') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet Open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Upper Palisades Lake Camp #2/0 (5835') Unknown Bear pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
White River Walk-in Camp #3/1 (4300') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020
Yellowstone Cliffs Camp #2/0 (5180') Unknown Bear Pole DOWN. Toilet open. reported in detail during the summer months only (generally June-September) 10/17/2020

Last updated: October 17, 2020

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