Mount Rainier National Park, USA
Jennifer from Made All the Difference
My favorite hiking trail is 22.2 miles from Sunrise to Box Canyon, a section of the 92-mile Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park. I recommend hiking this trail as a three-day “easy backpack” with overnight camping at Summerland and Indian Bar (though it can be done in two days). Both campsites have a Civilian Conservation Corp structure. The trail has three sections:
- Sunrise to Summerland. Summerland is an alpine meadow known for its wildflowers and friendly marmots.
- The climb to Panhandle Gap, which is the highest point on Wonderland. From here you enter the Ohanapecosh Park, home of the Ohanapecosh Glacier. (Oh-HAN-uh-puh-cosh!) You descend to the Ohanapecosh River and cross to arrive at Indian Bar. This is one of the prettiest back-country camps in the United States National Park system.
- You climb out of the river valley to a knoll that provides uninterrupted views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Nelson Ridge, and Shriner Peak. The trail descends into an old-growth forest. You emerge from the forest at Box Canyon.