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    Van Trump Trail

    Difficulty
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    Hard
    Duration
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    8-11h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    15.0 km
    Elevation
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    1,899 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Van Trump Trail in Mount Rainier National Park is a 15.0 km moderately trafficked hard out and back hike. This trail takes you through the splendid Van Trump Park, which is full of wildflowers during midsummer. If you’re feeling extra energetic, you can use this trail to access Camp Hazard en route to the Rainier summit.

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    Route Description for Van Trump Trail

    The hike on Van Trump Trail is no joke, with lots of elevation gain to contend with over 15.0 km. It’s part of a much longer and more complicated approach to the Mount Rainier summit, but for the casual hiker, the highlight tends to be Van Trump Park, a pretty spot filled with flowers.

    The trail begins off Longmire-to-Paradise Road at a parking area on the lefthand side. Take a second to enjoy Christine Falls and then hike alongside Van Trump Creek on Comet Falls Trail. Crossing Comet Falls can be difficult depending on the water level, so take care on the way across. Enjoy Comet Falls, then take Van Trump Trail as it steeply climbs.

    Van Trump Park is about 5.5 km in. Take some time to savour the views here, and then if you’re continuing, keep on climbing until the trail terminates at The Turtle (3,047 m). To return, retrace your steps to the parking area.

    Getting to the Van Trump Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Van Trump Trail is located on Longmire-to-Paradise Road just southwest of Christine Falls. Park at the lot on the lefthand side of the road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      June-October

    • Pets allowed

      No

    • Family friendly

      No

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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