ElevationAscent: 1,611' 491 m
Descent: -1,610' -491 m
High: 5,954' 1,815 m
Low: 4,343' 1,324 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“Follow this retrofitted mining road as it ascends high into the White River Valley.”— Brian Smith
For this run, keep right at the fork with the Emmons Moraine Trail to stay on the Glacier Basin Trail. Continue your ascent along the White River and take in the splendid views along the way. Some sections of the trail are more rugged than others due to the history of flooding in this valley.
At mile 2.5, you'll encounter the Burroughs Mountain Trail which branches off to the right and ascends steeply to the top of the valley's northern ridge. Continue for another half mile past this junction to Glacier Basin, the official end of this trail. From Glacier Basin, look for mountain goats on the surrounding slopes and climbers ascending the Inter Glacier to Steamboat Prow.
A climber's track continues past Glacier Basin camp, passing through an area of fragile wetland plants to the base of the Inter Glacier. If you choose to continue on this track, please stay on the trail to protect the vegetation.
Campsites at Glacier Basin are popular with climbers who are beginning their ascent of Mount Rainier. The sites are located in the trees as one approaches the open meadows of the basin. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, visitor centers and on our web site.
Keep an eye out for mountain goats in Glacier Basin. In contrast to their shaggy all-white coats, Mountain Goats have black lips, eyes, noses, and hooves. A dense warm undercoat allows them to live comfortably at high elevations even during winter. Their hooves have a hard outer ring with a spongy center that helps them "stick" to rocks. Mountain goats are nimble climbers, easily traversing steep rock slopes and cliffs. Both males and females have slim black horns. In males, the horns thicken and curl backwards as the goat ages. Mountain goats will range between subalpine and alpine regions in the park. They eat mosses, lichens, shrubs, some grasses and other vegetation.
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Local Club: Washington Trails Association
Feb 14, 2020: Tree Free magazine Spring 2020
Feb 14, 2020: March Snowshoeing Info
Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park