Day Hike - Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

Glacier Basin plus Emmons Moraine. Peek-a-boo views of Mt Rainier on this easy/moderate-to-hike trail toward Emmons Glacier. Timed entry reservation is not required. SEE LEADERS NOTES FOR IMPORTANT TRAIL INFO

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,850 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,960 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph avg moving pace
  • Ready to hike at 8:30am. Meet near the bathrooms in the backpacker/hiker parking lot next to the White River campground. Google map link - From that location, we will walk together to the trailhead. There's no cell reception in this location; so, it's important that you understand where we're meeting, as I won't be able to contact you.
  • National Park Pass is required for entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. 
  • Trail starts at 4300’ elevation; so, it will feel more difficult due to the altitude. Side trip to Emmons Moraine overlook is included. We may encounter lingering patches of snow which are not expected to be difficult.
  • We will stay together as a group. The trail ascends the upper White River valley through forest, past mining relics, flower meadows and ends in the glacial moraine at Glacier Basin Camp with views of Mount Rainier and Saint Elmo Pass. Elevation gain is gradual but continuous and will feel like more strenuous due to the altitude.
  • Headliner picture is Glacier Basin base camp, June 30, 2023
  • Log bridge crossing of Inter Fork stream is required to access Emmons Moraine trail. See picture of log bridge, attached.
    20230630_Inter Fork Bridge(1).jpg
    Log bridge, Inter Fork stream, taken 6/30/2023

Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

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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