Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

Conversation-paced, morning hike to enjoy the sights of Glacier Basin and maybe even see a marmot or two.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft

Meeting time 7:45am at the White River Campground parking lot. Each car will need an America the Beautiful Pass. This entrance is the same as Sunrise on Mount Rainier (drive is thru Enumclaw), but instead of continuing up the hill to Sunrise, you turn left after crossing the White River. Please come prepared with your 10-essentials, trekking poles for uneven terrain, and a mask, neck buff or bandana ready to pull on when passing others and/or being within 6 feet of anyone.

This is a beautiful area on the northeast corner of Mount Rainier. The hike isn't too long but has enough elevation gain and natural wonders to make your driving efforts worthwhile. We will hike beyond the campground and where the skiers go to access the Inter Glacier to see wildflowers, hopefully a marmot or two and maybe even chipmunks, so everyone should be comfortable with roughed-in trail terrain and perhaps  a small creek crossing or two.  On the way back, we might also take a side trip on the Emmons Morrain trail which has a really cool log bridge over the rushing river.


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
  11. Mask, bandanna, or face/neck buff
  12. Trekking Poles
Trip Reports