Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide

A strenuous hike of up to 15 miles round trip with up to 3,700 feet of elevation gain. The trail starts at Box Canyon and climbs an initial steep section to the Cowlitz Divide, along the Wonderland Trail through alpine meadows and some of the most beautiful scenery in Mount Rainier National Park.

getting there

From the Stevens Canyon entrance of Mount Rainier National Park, drive the Stevens Canyon Road about 10 miles to the Box Canyon Trailhead (3,000 ft) just east of the picnic area.

on the trail

Hike north on the Wonderland Trail through the forest past Nickel Creek Camp. Continue on switchbacks to a well signed intersection and north to Cowlitz Divide. Enjoy 360-degree views on the high points along the trail. Then descends steeply into Indian Bar, on the Ohanapecosh River. Be sure to check out the bridge at Wauhaukaupauken Falls. There are a shelter, camp sites, and privy at Indian Bar. It's a very strenuous 15-mile hike with 3,700 feet of elevation gain on the way in and 800 feet of elevation gain on the way out.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
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  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft
  • 5,930 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

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