Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)


Backpack - Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

Follow the trail to stunning views of glaciers, expansive valleys, and of course, Mt Rainier.

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  • Fri, Jul 27, 2018 — Sat, Jul 28, 2018
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,900 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: National Park Pass or entrance fee

Let's carpool if we can. Please make sure your driver/rider preferences are up to date.

We will meet at 8:00 am at the White River Wilderness Information Center.

The White River Wilderness Information Center is located at the White River Entrance on the road to Sunrise, just west of Hwy. 410.

GPS Coordinates: 46.902063, -121.55467

From there, we will carpool to the trailhead.

We'll start our trip at the Glacier Basin trailhead in the White River Campground. From there, we'll hike approximately 3.25 miles to the Glacier Basin Campground and set up camp.  

There will be plenty of opportunities for exploring along the way.  Just beyond camp, Glacier Basin opens up with excellent views of Mount Rainier and the Inter Glacier. (This is the climbing route to Camp Shurman and the northeast face of the mountain.)

The pace will be relaxed. There will be plenty of opportunities to eat snacks and take photos along the way. If you are a faster hiker, I ask that you please stay with the group.

Leader's Permission Required- This is so I can gage your experience and make sure we have enough drivers.

Goals for the trip:

1. Be Safe

2. Have Fun

3. Learn Something (Have a hiking/backpacking question? Just ask!)

My expectations for participants:

1. Stay with the group.

2. Have the required gear. (Missing something? Just let me know.)

3. Be kind and respectful of others.

4. Practice LTN Principles.

My style:

1. I tend to have a more casual leadership style. I enjoy getting to know participants and helping them reach their goals.

2. If I don't respond to your e-mail right away, it's because I'm out hiking/backpacking (with no signal), driving my children to their various activities, or thinking of the best way to respond. I will do my best to get back to you within a day or two.   

I hope to see you on the trail!


Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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