ElevationAscent: 4,080' 1,244 m
Descent: -4,104' -1,251 m
High: 5,868' 1,789 m
Low: 3,064' 934 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“A nice one, or two-day, journey to one of the park's legendary spots - Indian Bar.”— Tom Robson
The next 4.5 miles are along the crest of the Cowlitz Divide, going up and over some bumps and contouring around others. At times the way is very steep. First, there are glimpses of the mountain through trees. Then the trail climbs higher, the meadows grow larger, and finally, atop a 5914' knoll, the mountain comes completely and grandly into the open. To the southeast is Bald Knob. Beyond is Shriner Peak. From the knoll, the trail drops 800' to 5120' Indian Bar.
The Ohanapecosh River divides the large green meadow. The shelter cabin is on the west side of the river. At the valley head are small remnants of the Ohanapecosh Glacier. In early summer numerous waterfalls splash down the lava cliffs. Just 100' below the shelter is Wauhaukaupauken Falls, a name almost larger than the falls.
Don't forget the considerable elevation gain on the return run. If transportation can be arranged, Indian Bar can be combined with running the Summerland Trail for a beautiful one-way trip of 17 miles.
Lush meadows, part of the subalpine parkland, circle Mount Rainier at elevations between 5,000 feet to about 7,000 feet (approx. 1500-2100 meters). The meadows are a favorite spectacle for park visitors, who flock to the mountain to see the elaborate wildflower displays blooming in the meadows. The subalpine meadows can be cloaked in snow well into the month of June if not later, driving the wildflowers to bloom aggressively in order to take advantage of the short growing season.
Local Club: Washington Trails Association
May 16, 2019: 2019 CLC North Bend Fun
May 16, 2019: 2019 CLC Class Locations and Directions
Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park