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    396 m
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    4.7 km
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    Knapsack Pass Hike


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    Knapsack Pass is a 4.7 km hike in Mount Rainier National Park. This trail is no longer maintained, so you’ll need to bushwhack a little for your views. This hike leads you to a viewpoint just underneath Mother Mountain. Bring GPS or a map to complete this hike.

    Route Description for Knapsack Pass Hike

    Knapsack Pass may not be maintained any longer, but it’s a pretty hike if you’re willing to take on a more natural trail. The hike begins from the end of the Mowich Lake Campground near the ranger cabin. Hike through the forest, passing over open rock slabs and scree in parts. The views of the valley are extensive here.

    A small fork appears about a half-mile from Mowich Lake. Stay left here. The pass is underneath Mother Mountain, and once you’re finished enjoying it, carefully retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Knapsack Pass Hike Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Knapsack Pass hike, drive east from Carbonado on State Route 410 and make a right onto Mowich Lake Road (which is in poor condition, consider bringing a high-clearance vehicle). Drive 27.4 km to the end of the road, where the trailhead can be found at the far end of the campground.

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