Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, this national park is home to the Mount Rainier Stratovolcano, said to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Mount Rainier is Washington’s tallest mountain and the surrounding national park is brimming with gorgeous natural features. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path in Mount Rainier National Park, check out these hidden gems.
Visit these dramatic waterfalls for a peaceful, uncrowded experience in Mount Rainier National Park. Fed by the shockingly clear blue waters of the Ohanapecosh River, you won’t want to swim in water’s frigid temperatures, but the falls are so beautiful you won’t need to.
Skyline Trail Loop
About five and a half miles long, the Skyline Trail Loop boasts phenomenal views the whole way through. Hike through fields dotted with wildflowers and take in vistas of majestic snow capped mountains. The pinnacle of this hike is breathtaking Panorama Point which is worth the trek.
A lesser-climbed peak in Mount Rainier National Park, Plummer Peak is great if you want to try your hand at mountain climbing when you’re just starting out. The 7th tallest peak in the Tatoosh Range, the views from Plummer Peak are spectacular.
Spray Park Trail
If you’re looking to up the intensity, the Spray Park Trail will offer you a more challenging climb. The Spray Park Trailhead is a bit remote, making this one of the park’s less-traveled hikes. Take in views of massive glaciers, the striking Spray Falls and enjoy the solitude of nature.
If you’d rather just take in the sights and skip the hike, head to Inspiration Point, a glorious overlook featuring magnificent views of Mt. Rainier. Continue down Stevens Canyon Road to Reflection Lakes for a wonderful view from another perspective.