Van Trump Park

A moderate 6 mile hike with 2,150 feet of elevation gain. Start at Longmire in Mount Rainier National Park and at the fork near the end, choose to head to Van Trump Park or Mildred Point. This is often done as a snowshoe or winter scramble in the winter months as an alternative to the more well-traveled Muir Snowfield.

Getting there

From SR-7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR-706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 6.5 miles to Longmire (2,750 ft).

In winter, ALL drivers in the park are required to carry snow chains or equivalent traction devices—this includes those with a 4-wheel or  all-wheel drive vehicle. Those without a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may be required to install them at Longmire or beyond.

on the trail

Mildred Point: 9.8 miles Round Trip, 3,085 feet of elevation Gain, 5,935 ft high Point
Van Trump Park: 10.6 miles round trip, 2,850 feet of elevation gain, 5,600 ft High Point

From Longmire, hike the Wonderland Trail 1.8 miles and continue straight (the right fork) on the Van Trump Park Trail. Hike 2.6 miles to a junction. The left fork goes to Mildred Point (5,935 ft) in 0.5 miles and the right fork goes to Van Trump Park (5,600 ft) in 0.8 miles. On the return considering taking the Rampart Ridge Trail at the junction with the Wonderland Trail to make a loop.

  • Difficulty: Moderate, Winter Scramble
  • Length: 9.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,085 ft
  • 5,850 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 West No. 269
  • USGS Mt Rainier West
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
Trip Reports

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  • Longmire to Van Trump Creek
  • Mildred Point
  • Van Trump Park Nunatak
  • Van Trump Cleaver
  • Van Trump Park & Mildred Point
  • Van Trump Park & Rampart Ridge Loop
  • Van Trump Park & Wilson Park
  • Van Trump Park & Wilson Park Loop
  • Van Trump Park, Wilson Park & Rampart Ridge Loop

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