Stevens Canyon (Mount Rainier)


Backpack - Stevens Canyon (Mount Rainier)

Overnight trip to the lesser known parts of the Wonderland Trail. Waterfalls, lakes and some snow travel. This is part two of a two day trip. See the Eastside Trail post on 7/9 for part 1.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,850 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph

This is a continuation of the Eastside Trail day hike.  We will drive as a caravan to the Box Canyon TH after the day hike.

This is a two part trip from Thursday morning 7/9 to Friday afternoon 7/10 with a back country overnight at Maple Creek Camp in Stevens Canyon-East of Reflection Lakes.  Participants must do (register for) both this trip and the coordinated "Comet Falls" trip on 7/10.


We will hike 2 miles to the camp and set-up. Have dinner, etc. The next moring we will pack up over stuff and store near the campsite and proceed with day packs up to Reflection Lakes, Lake Louise and if feeling strong, hit Snow and Bench Lakes on our return to Maple Creek.  Retrieve are overnight packs and proceed to the Box Canyon TH.  There will be some snow to hike through up at the lakes.  Trekking poles are required for safety in the snow. There is a $20 reservation fee for the campsite to share.

Leader Permission Required.  Please let me know you are in condition to climb 2000' in one day. Please provide comparable trips you have done that demonstrate this ability. Please let me know you understand that this trip is two days (one night) and incorporates the Eastside Trail day hike trip on 7/9.  Participants must sign up for both.


Stevens Canyon (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
  • full rain gear if appropriate
  • pack cover if appropriate
  • Two trekking poles
  • Small day pack for trip up to the lakes
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