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    Eastside Trail

    Difficulty
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    Easy
    Duration
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    2.5-3.5h
    Distance
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    11.6 km
    Elevation
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    184 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Eastside Trail is an 11.6 km moderately trafficked easy trail in Mount Rainier National Park that offers the opportunity to appreciate the old-growth forests of the park without the crowds that other forest trails can draw. This trail also reaches a pleasant waterfall. While it doesn’t boast mountain views, the ancient trees that line the path are reason enough to go.

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    Route Description for Eastside Trail

    Want to appreciate the old-growth trees of Mount Rainier National Park? The Eastside Trail is a lovely way to walk among ancient trees without walking among the crowds that other nearby trails draw. While this hike is a touch longer than most other easy trails, the elevation gain is very gradual and modest, making this a non-challenging hike.

    From the parking area, set out along Eastside Trail. You’ll hike alongside the Ohanapecosh River, far below the tops of mighty Douglas fir and western red cedars. The Grove of the Patriarchs Trail connects on your right-hand side, and makes a nice, short addition to your hike for even more old-growth experience.

    The trail meanders along, crossing several steams. Our route ends at a crossing with the Ohanapecosh River, but you can certainly go further or turn around sooner if desired.

    Getting to the Eastside Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Eastside Trail is located on Stevens Canyon Road just northeast of the intersection with Highway 123. There is a small parking area on the east side of the road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      April-October

    • Pets allowed

      No

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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