Day Hike - Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

An out and back from Glacier Basin to Third Burroughs. Starting with a wealth of wildflowers through Glacier Basin and the early ascent, transitioning to alpine tundra, and then the incredible views of the Winthrop Glacier and an up close look at the mother of waters (Tahoma/Rainier).

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 (on the steep parts) 2.0 otherwise, no maximum

7:00 AM, Enumclaw US Forest Service Ranger Station, 450 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw, WA 98022

This is a 12 mile, 3800' hike, much of it exposed to the sun; you should have recently hiked similar hikes. Also, please note the 7:00 AM start time in Enumclaw.  There will be some snow going up to Third Burroughs, it is not very challenging and it is not dangerous (I am a 3 out of 10 on snow and with exposure to danger, and this snow is very easy for me). I have never seen someone use spikes on this snow, but if you are very uncomfortable on snow, you may want to bring traction devices. 


Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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