Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier
September 13, 2012 by staff
Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier, They don’t call it “Wonderland” for nothing. The famous trail that circles Washington’s Mount Rainier, the tallest peak in the Cascades, passes through a wonderland of landscapes. It also reveals the many faces of Mount Rainier. Often considered to be a symmetrical cone, from the north as seen from Seattle/Tacoma, or the south with its distant view from Portland, the peak is actually way more varied than most people think (just look at the book cover).
Author Tami Asars tells hikers how to get those different viewpoints of Mount Rainier in her 254-page guide, “Hiking the wonderland Trail,” published by The Mountainseers Books of Seattle and selling for $21.95.
The book is in full color and its maps are detailed enough to guide you on your way.
The book also takes the mystery out of planning such an involved trip, through 90 miles of backcountry and covering 20,000 feet of ups and downs.
It cuts a swath through the bureaucratic red tape of obtaining permits and tells how to have food caches waiting along the way. It also suggests 7 to 14 day camping itineraries from the three main start/end points: Longmire, Sunrise and Mowich Lake.
Buy the book and maybe you won’t be putting off this dream circuit of Mount Rainier for another year.
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