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Hiking the Wonderland Trail


Aaron Zagrodnick

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Aaron Zagrodnick

Mt Rainier straddles the Cascade crest with a dry continental climate to the east and the luxuriant moisture of the Pacific Ocean to the west. The mountain's geographical positioning coupled with its 14,410 ft elevation and 35 square miles of permanent ice and snow cover creates its own weather. The Wonderland trail is a 93 mile (150 km) circular loop trail around the mountain that traverses all drainages resulting in 22,000 feet of net elevation gain…

Jim Grob sets off on the Wonderland Trail – Read the full article below in Issue 20:

Ascending and Descending: Section Hiking the Wonderland Trail

Hiking the Wondlerland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park Washington

Issue 20 Page 1

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Recent weather the last few years has been perfect for this trail.  It tends to be really wet and fogged in. You need good navigational skills and readiness for wet weather.  Securing a permit is difficult, but walk-ins seem to have good success.  I spent a summer at Pack Forest down the road, and we were in the Park a lot. I really like the big trees at Ohanapecosh.

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