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.

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 ? Lower Carbon bridge is in.
10/11/2021
Chenuis Fall 0 Bridge is OUT. 10/11/2021
Green Lake 0 Snow-free. 10/11/2021
Ipsut Falls 0 Snow-free 10/11/2021
Northern Loop: Carbon River- Windy Gap ? Lower Carbon River bridge is IN. 10/11/2021
Paul Peak Trail ? 10/11/2021
Rain Forest Loop 0 Snow-Free. Bridge damaged and the loop cannot be completed; will be an in-and-out hike. 10/11/2021
Spray Park ? 10/11/2021
Seattle Park ? 10/11/2021
Tolmie Peak ? 10/11/2021


Trails in the Longmire Area

The main road to Longmire is OPEN year round.

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Longmire Area Trails Map
Carter Falls (from Cougar Rock Campground) 0 Bridge is IN. 10/11/2021
Comet Falls Trail (Van Trump Park Trail) ? Upper bridge just below Comet Falls is OUT. Blueberries and huckleberries are great in Van Trump Park! 10/11/2021
Denman Falls Trail 0 10/11/2021
Eagle Peak Trail ? 10/11/2021
Goat Lake Trail (Glacier View Wilderness) ? Not inside Mount Rainier National Park. Forest Service Road CLOSED. 10/11/2021
Kautz Creek Trail ? 10/11/2021
Lake George & Gobblers Knob Trail ? 10/11/2021
Mildred Point Trail 100 10/11/2021
Mirror Lakes Trail 100 10/11/2021
Narada Falls Trail (Paradise to viewpoint below Narada Falls) 90 10/11/2021
North Puyallup River Trail ? 10/11/2021
Rampart Ridge Loop Trail 0 10/11/2021
Rampart Ridge Trail (Upper section from Wonderland Trail to Van Trump Park and Comet Falls) ? 11 trees down across trail between WT junction and Mildred Point. Largest Diameter was 18". 10/11/2021
Round Pass Trail 0 10/11/2021
Saint Andrews Creek Trail ? 10/11/2021
South Puyallup River Trail 0 10/11/2021
Trail of the Shadows 0 10/11/2021
Twin Firs Trail 0 10/11/2021
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. 10/11/2021


Trails in the Ohanapecosh Area

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Ohanapecosh Area Trails Map
Cowlitz Divide Trail (Olallie Creek Trail) 0 07/08/2021
Eastside Trail 0

08/28/2021
Grove of the Patriarchs Trail 0 08/28/2021
Laughingwater Creek Trail 0 08/142021
Pacific Crest Trail 0 Outside of Mount Rainier National Park. 08/14/2021
Shriner Peak Trail ? 10/11/2021
Silver Falls Trail 0 08/14/2021

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

Update

Summary Paradise Area Trails Map
Alta Vista Trail 100 10/11/2021
Dead Horse Creek Trail 100 10/11/2021
Fourth Crossing Trail 100 10/11/2021
Glacier Vista Trail 100 10/11/2021
Golden Gate Trail 100 10/11/2021
High Lakes Loop Trail 100 10/11/2021
Lakes Trail (Mazama Ridge) 100 10/11/2021
Moraine Trail 100 10/11/2021
Nisqually Vista Trail 100 10/11/2021
Paradise Glacier Trail 100 10/11/2021
Pebble Creek Trail (to the base of the Muir Snowfield) 100 10/11/2021
Pinnacle Peak Trail 100 10/11/2021
Skyline Trail 100 10/11/2021
Snow Lake/Bench Lake Trail 100 10/11/2021
Stevens Creek Trail 100 10/11/2021

Trails in the White River Area

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

Summary Sunrise Area Trails Map 10/11/2021
Burroughs Mountain Trail To First Burroughs (from Frozen Lake) 100 10/11/2021
First Burroughs Mountain LOOP Trail 100
10/11/2021
Burroughs Mountain to Glacier Basin Trail 100
10/11/2021
Crystal Lakes Trail ?
10/11/2021
Crystal Peak Trail ? 10/11/2021
Emmons Moraine Trail 100 10/11/2021
Glacier Basin Trail 100 10/11/2021
Grand Park Trail (via Northern Loop Trail) ? 10/11/2021
Huckleberry Creek Trail ? 10/11/2021
Lake Eleanor Trail ? 10/11/2021
Mt. Fremont Trail 100
10/11/2021
Naches Peak Trail 100 10/11/2021
Northern Loop Trail: Berkeley Park to Windy Gap ? 10/11/2021
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from White River Road) ? 10/11/2021
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (from Highway 123) ? 10/11/2021
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) NORTH from Chinook Pass to Sourdough Gap. 100 10/11/2021
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) SOUTH from Chinook Pass to Laughingwater Creek Trail junction ? 10/11/2021
Palisades Lakes Trail 100
10/11/2021
Silver Forest Trail 100 10/11/2021
Sourdough Ridge Trail West (Sunrise to Frozen Lake) 100 10/11/2021
Sourdough Ridge Trail East (Sunrise to Sunrise Point) 100 10/11/2021
Sunrise Rim Trail 100 10/11/2021
Tipsoo Lake Trail 100 10/11/2021

Wonderland Trail

Trail Name

% Snow Cover

Trail Conditions

Update

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
10/11/2021
Longmire to Indian Henry's ? At Kautz Creek follow cairns. Pyramid Creek Bridge is IN. No water at Devil's Dream Camp...get water about 3/4 mile below camp or 1/2 mile above camp. 10/11/2021
Indian Henry's to South Puyallup River ? No water at S.Puyallup Camp. Get water 1/4 mile south of camp. 10/11/2021
South Puyallup River to Klapatche Park ? No water at Klapatche. Get water at St. Andrews Lake. 10/11/2021
Klapatche Park to North Puyallup River ? 10/11/2021
North Puyallup River to Golden Lakes ? Blueberries and huckleberries in Golden Lakes area are great! 10/11/2021
Golden Lakes to South Mowich River ? South Mowich River bridge is currently on its side! Bridge has the potential to wash out again. 10/11/2021
South Mowich River to Mowich Lake ? South Mowich River bridge is currently on its side! Bridge has the potential to wash out again. 10/11/2021
Mowich Lake to Ipsut Creek Campground ?
10/11/2021
Ipsut Creek Campground to Carbon Glacier ? The Lower Carbon Bridge is IN. 10/11/2021
Carbon Glacier to Mystic Lake ? 10/11/2021
Mystic Lake to Sunrise ? Winthrop bridge is IN. 10/11/2021
Sunrise to White River Campground ?
10/11/2021
White River Campground to Summerland ? White River bridge is IN. Extra caution should be taken in high temperatures. Water may be lapping over bridge or bridge may wash out. Summerland: Flowers are past peak, but still in. 10/11/2021
Summerland to Indian Bar 100 10/11/2021
Indian Bar to Box Canyon ? 10/11/2021
Box Canyon to Reflection Lakes

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CAUTION: SLIDE BETWEEN SYLVIA AND MARTHA FALLS. EXTREMELY LOOSE SOIL ON STEEP SLOPE. TRAIL CREW HAS ETCHED OUT A TRAIL IN THIS LOCATION. A REROUTE IS POSSIBLE BY WALKING ALONG THE STEVENS CANYON ROAD. 10/11/2021
Reflection Lakes to Narada Falls ? 10/11/2021
Narada Falls to Longmire ? 10/11/2021


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) 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')

0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Cataract Valley Camp #6/1 (4620') Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Dick Creek Camp #2/0 (4185') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Eagle's Roost Camp #7/0 (4885') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Ipsut Creek #12/1 (2400') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Mowich Lake Walk-in Camp (4900') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Mystic Camp #7/1 (5570') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
South Mowich River Camp #3/1 (2605') 0 Bear pole UP. Toilet open. 06/12/2021


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 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') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Golden Lakes Camp #5/1 (5130') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Klapatche Park Camp #4/0 (5515') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Lake George Camp #5/1 (4320') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Maple Creek Camp #4/1 (2815') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
North Puyallup River Camp #3/1 (3750') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Paradise River Camp #3/1 (3805') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Pyramid Creek Camp #2/0 (3765') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Snow Lake Camp #2/0 (4690') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
South Puyallup River Camp #4/1 (4000') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021

Eastside Backcountry Camps

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. 10/10/2021
Berkeley Park Camp #2/1 (5375') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Deer Creek Camp #2/0 (2950') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Dick's Lake Camp #1/0 (5675') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Fire Creek Camp #3/1 (4300') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Forest Lake Camp #1/0 (5660') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Glacier Basin Camp #5/1 (5965') 0

Bear barrels NOT in.

10/10/2021
Granite Creek #3/1 (5765')
0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Indian Bar #4/1 (5120') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
James Camp #3/1 (4620') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Lake Eleanor Camp #3/1 (5000') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Lower Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5450') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Nickel Creek Camp #3/1 (3385') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Olallie Creek Camp #2/1 (3940') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Shriner Peak Camp #2/0 (5355') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Summerland Camp #5/1 (5940') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Sunrise Walk-In Camp #8/2 (6245') 0 Bear boxes in. 10/10/2021
Tamanos Creek Camp #4/2 (5270') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Three Lakes Camp #2/1 (4680') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Upper Crystal Lake Camp #2/0 (5825') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Upper Palisades Lake Camp #2/0 (5835') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
White River Walk-in Camp #3/1 (4300') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021
Yellowstone Cliffs Camp #2/0 (5180') 0 Bear pole DOWN. 10/10/2021

Last updated: October 11, 2021

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