Grand Park via Lake Eleanor Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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13.0 km
Elevation
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436 m
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The hike to Grand Park via Lake Eleanor Trail is a moderate 13.0 km trip in Mount Rainier National Park. This hike allows you to access Grand Park in an easier way than the typical routes offer, making this objective feasible in just a few hours and without being too challenging.

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Route Description for Grand Park via Lake Eleanor Trail

The hike to Grand Park on Lake Eleanor Trail is a beautiful trek, offering the opportunity to access Grand Park via a different route than the long, arduous Sunrise approach. This ocean of wildflowers underneath Mount Rainier is an unforgettable destination, and the route via Lake Eleanor is a much easier way to get there.

From FR7360, cross a bootpath at the edge of Eleanor Creek. The trail rises into the forest and climbs at a moderate pace. Reach Lake Eleanor in one mile, stopping to enjoy the scenery. Keep hiking along the same trail, now gaining elevation more aggressively. The trail alternates between meadows and forest cover.

Break into Grand Park, a wide expanse of meadow underneath the looming summit of Mount Rainier. In wildflower season, this area is breathtaking! Walk to the high point of the meadow for the best view.

Once you’re ready, retrace your steps or continue ahead to connect with the Northern Loop Trail.

Getting to the Grand Park via Lake Eleanor Trail Trailhead

To get to the trailhead for the hike to Grand Park via Lake Eleanor Trail from Enumclaw, drive east on State Route 410 for 40.2 km. Turn right onto FR 73 and continue for 14.5 km. Continue into FR 7360, driving for 1.6 km to the crossing at Eleanor Creek. You can park on the roadside or the small lot about 46 mpast the trailhead.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Lake Eleanor Camp

  • When to do

    July-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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