CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Glacier Basin

GO GETTER HIKE! Participants must Be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. CHS1 hike led at a pace of 1.5-2.0 mph traveling to Glacier Basin, all 3 Burroughs Mountains, the Sunrise Loop, and returning on the Wonderland Trail in Mt Rainier National Park. Fantastic views of Mt Rainier weather permitting!

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.
  • Strenuous/Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Plan to meet at the White River Campground Climber/Picnic parking at 7:45 AM (perhaps 8:00 AM) to go through the Park Entrance before it is manned.  A Mt Rainier National Park, America the Beautiful Pass or Senior Pass is required for parking. Pass should be purchased in advance of the trip. More specific details to follow in Hello Hiker email.

This hike is in the “go-getter” category because it is planned to be at the upper limit for distance and has 1,200 feet more elevation gain than the CHS 1 range for August.  Because of the elevation gain, please consider bringing poles.  By late August, it is expected that snow will have melted and no traction devices will be needed.  Currently, we expect we will do the loop in a counterclockwise direction Trail conditions will be assessed prior to the trip. 

Please note that all participants must be fully vaccinated and agree to the Mountaineers Code of Conduct, which may be found here:


Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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