lake with snow-capped mt. rainier
Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Fall hiking options on Mount Rainier

Experience fall among the brilliant changing colors on the many trails at Mount Rainier. Here are a few options:

  • Bench and Snow Lakes: 2.6 miles, RT – Expect brilliant fall color from huckleberry and ash in expansive meadows; easy hike for the family off Stevens Canyon Road.
  • Indian Henry’s via Kautz Creek: 11 miles, RT – Look upon brilliant red slopes, courtesy of the vine maples; strenuous hike, three miles inside Nisqually Entrance.
  • Pinnacle Saddle: 3 miles, RT – Splendid fall foliage of huckleberry and mountain ash, with fantastic Cascade Mountain views; short but steep, off Stevens Canyon Road.
  • Shriner Peak: 8.4 miles, RT – Late summer flowers give way to the rich colors of fall, plus enjoy optimal wildlife viewing; moderate with steep sections; strenuous hike off Cayuse Pass.
  • Skyline Trail: 8.4 miles, RT – An autumn favorite inside the park, view fall foliage up close and at a distance; moderate hike out of Paradise.
  • Spray Park: 6 miles, RT – Expansive meadows filled with colorful fall foliage and top-notch views of the mountain; moderate hike out of Mowich Lake.
  • Summit Lake: 6.5 miles, RT – Brilliant fall color and huckleberries galore; moderate hike outside the park near Carbon River Entrance.
  • Tolmie Peak: 7.2 miles, RT – Superb mountain views and a picturesque, reflective alpine lake amidst meadows of fall foliage; moderate hike out of Mowich Lake.