Day Hike - Eastside Trail (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Eastside Trail (Mount Rainier)

Celebrate the long Independence Day holiday by hiking the less traveled Eastside Trail. Enjoy views of five of Mt. Rainier’s waterfalls, the Grove of the Patriarchs, and the Ohanapecosh Hot Springs all in one trip.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,300 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Enumclaw Ranger Station at 7am.

Get a jump start on the Mt. Rainier Waterfall Chaser badge and visit five waterfalls in one day. This 9.5-mile thru hike will begin at the Owyhigh Lakes Trailhead and will be a one-way trip with car shuttle finishing at the Ohanapecosh Campground. The trail will be largely descending through the Chinook Creek Valley. While we are in the area, we will also hike the short Grove of the Patriarchs Trail and the Hot Springs Nature Trail. The distance of these side trips is included in the posted trip mileage.

An America the Beautiful Pass or Mt. Rainier National Park Pass is required to park at the entry and exit points. All participants on this trip must be comfortable with a car shuttle.

Leader’s permission is required. In your request, include the meaning of a car shuttle and acknowledge that you are comfortable with it.


Eastside Trail (Mount Rainier)

  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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