Maps of Park and VicinityThe Park - Map of Mount Rainier National Park from the park brochure in several formats, along with some trail maps from wayside exhibits.The Vicinity - map of Mount Rainier vicinity showing highways and communities near the park
The Skyline Trail is paved and steep, but the first part can be hiked by those in power chairs with no problem and by those in manual chairs with assistance until about halfway to Myrtle Falls, when you reach a bench. After that bench, the paved trail becomes so steep that power chairs will need a good battery and hikers in manual chairs will need an extremely strong pusher. Unfortunately, the accessible part of the trail doesn't have views of either Myrtle Falls or the glaciers.
Come hike the headwaters of the Bear Creek watershed in this close in Snohomish County Park near Woodinville. Here you will find a mature second growth forest, a wetland that plays a vital role in the health of this salmon stream plus a network of trails for any fitness level. Continue reading
This wild wood started out as a working farm and timber producing homestead over one hundred years ago. It became part of the Snohomish County Park system in 2000, and now is in the process of returning to the wild state it once was. We hikers can watch this dynamic landscape by following the many trails that run through it. The trails are all well signed and a map can be printed or downloaded to your smartphone from the Snohomish County Parks website. Hike the perimeter trails for a good sampling of the area and a nice hike of about 5 miles. Take a minute to read the trailhead kiosk before you start, then head down the Mainline trail from the parking lot. A short interpretive loop walk along the Whispering Firs trail on the right will give you a nice overview of the plants found along the trails and their role in the ecosystem. Once back on the Mainline trail, walk a short way until you intersect with the Wetland Plateau trail on the left. Turn on this trail and follow this very gentle uphill grade. Here you will notice the red alder in this area. This is the most recently logged area, as alder is the first tree to grow back. Look for salmonberry and red huckleberry in the thicket of deciduous shrubs. Salmonberry has bright magenta-pink flowers in the spring and tasty orange to red berries in summer. Red huckleberry has small bell-like flowers and red berries. It is closely related to the mountain huckleberry found at higher elevations. There has been rumors of a resident bear living in these woods, perhaps you will see him if the berries are ripe.Come to a sign for the Goold overlook, where there is supposed to be a view of Mount Baker. This writer hasn't seen it, but maybe you will be lucky! Close by is a bench to sit and listen to the birdsong. The Wetland Plateau trail intersects the Southern Traverse trail; head right on the Southern Traverse trail. This section is fairly flat and winds through a more mature second growth forest of western hemlock and western cedar. Notice the decaying alder trunks, now serving as 'habitat' trees. As they decay, these trees provide insects and nesting sites for birds and small mammals. In the spring, watch for clumps of white trillium as you hike through this section.You will soon come to a main intersection with the Forest Ridge and the Lloyd trail, stay on the Southern Traverse. The trail then drops down a little and come to Smokey's bridge, a puncheon bridge skirting a large muddy area that becomes a small pond in winter rains. Who was Smokey, one wonders, perhaps a trail worker that helped on the project? Nothing tells us, there is just the sign. Head back up a gentle grade and intersect here with the Mainline trail and the Bigleaf trail. Take the Bigleaf trail, named for the bigleaf maple you will find growing in the park. A large spreading multi trunk tree, it is easily identified by the very large leaves that turn golden in the fall. Wander along this trail, enjoying the forest. This is truly a mixed forest, young fir, hemlock and cedar trees mix with vine maple, and alder. Underneath there is a carpeting of western bleeding heart in the spring. The Bigleaf ends in a T with the Red Alder trail. Either way on the Red Alder will take you back to the trailhead, take the left fork for a bit more wandering. This trail will wander through some large Doug fir, second growth trees that are one hundred years old. The forest returns! You will also see some dying trees here too, western white pine being felled by disease. The bark is black and the dead branches circle the trunk in a whorled pattern. Look carefully, though, seedlings are to be found among the understory of Oregon grape, salal and swordfern.You may finish your hike by taking the Mainline trail back toward the parking lot or continue exploring if you wish, there are thirteen miles of trail here. Just off the Mainline trail on your way back there is a nice place for lunch at a spot labeled The Clearing, here you will find a picnic table. If you didn't bring a lunch, the Maltby Cafe, just west of the crossing of 522 is a local favorite.
Take Highway 9 south from Snohomish and turn left onto Maltby Road (524), or take Highway 9 north from Woodinville and turn right. Follow Maltby Road east 1.5 miles from Hwy 9, cross the railroad tracks and T with Yew Way. Turn right onto Yew Way, then left, cross Highway 522 and you are on Paradise Lake Road. Follow Paradise Lake Road for 1.8 miles. There will be a small sign on the right for the Conservation Area. 0.4 miles from the sign is a sign for the trailhead and parking lot. Alternatively, take 405 south from Lynnwood, exit on the Monroe exit 23A for 522. Follow this north past Woodinville and turn right onto Paradise Lake Road. The parking lot will hold about 20 cars, but may be crowded with horse trailers as this a popular spot to ride. There is a portapotty, but those squeamish about 'facilities' may want to make a stop before the trailhead. The trails are also open to bicycles. Thanks to the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the local Water Tenders the trails are well maintained.
This is the main Mount Rainier National Park map from the park brochure, showing roads, major trails, and points of interest. Click the image to view a full size JPG (2.5 mb) or download the PDF (700 kb).
This is a regional Mount Rainier map, showing the primary roads used to reach Mount Rainier from Seattle and Tacoma. Click the image to view a full size GIF (60 kb) or download the PDF (100 kb).
This is a Mount Rainier trail map, showing backcountry wilderness campsites and trail mileages, focusing on the Wonderland Trail. Click the image to view a full size GIF (500 kb) or download the PDF (1 mb).
This is a summer Paradise trail map (200 kb), showing popular hiking trails to views of waterfalls (Myrtle Falls, Sluiskin Falls), lakes, Nisqually Glacier, Paradise Glacier, and more.
This is a Paradise winter trail map (600 kb), showing the snowplay area, popular ski and snowshoe routes, avalanche danger zones, and snow camping areas near the Jackson Visitor Center.
This is a Sunrise trail map (200 kb), showing trails along Sourdough Ridge, Burroughs Mountain, and popular lakes and campsites along the Wonderland Trail like Shadow Lake and Frozen Lake.
This is a Carbon River and Mowich Lake trail map (200 kb), showing trails in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park to places like Spray Park, Seattle Park, Carbon Glacier, and more.
This is a navigation map to Camp Muir from Paradise (300 kb), showing the route across the snowfields. This is not a hiking trail and should only be done by hikers with considerable off-trail experience.
This Paradise area trails map (500 kb) is from a sign at the Paradise parking lot. It shows the entire network of trails that view the Nisqually Glacier, Paradise Glacier, Myrtle Falls, and Panorama Point.
The Pinnacle Peak trail map (90 kb) shows the route to the top of (what else?) Pinnacle Peak, accessible from the Stevens Canyon Road near Reflection Lake, just south of the Paradise area.
This Carbon River trail map (1.0 mb) is from a sign at the Carbon River entrance at the end of the road. It shows the trail network including Mowich Lake, the Carbon Glacier, and part of the Wonderland Trail.
This Mount Rainier East topo map focuses on the southeast side of Mount Rainier and includes the Paradise developed area. Click the image to view a full size JPG (3.3 mb) or download the PDF (17.6 mb).
This is a Cougar Rock Campground map. Cougar Rock is located between Longmire and Paradise in the southwest corner of the park. Click the image to view a full size GIF (200 kb) or download the PDF (200 kb).
This is a map of Ohanapecosh Campground, which is located near the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center in the southeast corner of the park. Click the image to view a full size GIF (200 kb) or download the PDF (1.2 mb).
This is a White River Campground map. White River is the highest elevation campground and is located on the way to Sunrise. Click the image to view size GIF (200 kb) or download the PDF (100 kb).
Yankee Paradise is a must-hike for any wilderness backpacker. The southern entrance of Yankee Paradise is an excellent starting spot for hikers looking to travel north from Hickory Hill to experience numerous other trails and backcountry campsites. This trail travels north to south and is one of the few trails that has a water source on it. This water is non-potable, so it must be treated before drinking. It can be found 0.25 miles south of Yankee Paradise Campground. This trail is somewhat a continuation of Parallel Trail, helping hikers stay off the Main Road. The southern trailhead of Tar Kiln Trail is located .1 miles east of Yankee Paradise Campground; the southern trailhead of Lost Trail is just .5 miles west of Yankee Paradise Campground. Both are excellent choices to continue exploring northbound. 2b1af7f3a8