Northern Loop (Mount Rainier)


Backpack - Grand Park & Lake Eleanor

Experience magnificent Grand Park, via the short route, backpacking to and camping at beautiful Lake Eleanor, followed by an optional day hike to Grand Park, with lunch at a spectacular overlook of the canyon of the West Fork of the White River, when the weather is still warm, but the bugs are gone.

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  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,600 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 8 AM Saturday in the parking lot of Wapiti Outdoors, 5814 SR 410 E, Greenwater, WA. 98022.  A portapotty is available in the parking lot.  Breakfast food can be purchased at the Wapiti Outdoors snack bar, accessed via the back deck.

We will caravan from Wapiti Outdoors to the trailhead, reached by heading south on SR 410, turning right at FR 73, continuing for about ten miles to the trailhead parking area on the right side of the road.  A Northwest Forest Pass or National Park pass may be required to be displayed by cars parked by the trailhead.

The backpack in to Lake Eleanor is  less than a mile, with about 200 feet elevation gain.  There could be muddy places and stream crossings on the trail, so waterproof footwear should be worn.

After we set up camp, we will do an optional day hike of about 7 miles RT with 400 feet gain through Grand Park to a viewpoint over the canyon of the West Fork of the White River, our lunch spot and turnaround point.  For those doing the day hike, the total gain will be 600 feet over 9 miles RT.

After returning to camp from the day hike, we will have a camp dinner together, followed by smores around the campfire, if fire regulations permit.

Sunday morning, we will have a camp breakfast, and then pack up camp and hike out.  On the drive home, there will be  the option for a group refreshment stop in either Greenwater or Enumclaw, depending on the covid 19 situation at the time.

This is a good backpack trip for beginning backpackers who are experienced day hikers.




Northern Loop (Mount Rainier)

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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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