- High point:6800
- Low point:4874
- Hiking season: mid July - Sept.
- Total Elevation gain(one way):1325
- Total Elevation lost(one way):4730
- Total distance(one way):10.
- Effective Distance(one way):12.7
- Hiking time(one way): 5 hours
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Starting at Sunrise the trail rises and then
traverses to Frozen Lake.
the lake is a major trail intersection with branches to
Sunrise Camp,Fremont Lookout and west along the
to Berkeley Park and
From the intersection continue along the Wonderland Trail west though the meadows
until you turn right at along the Northern loop Trail that drops rapidly into
Berkley Park . The trail continues its decent
until it climbs 300 feet to the edge of Grand Park.
The Mt. Fremont lookout can be seen above.Continuing to about half way
into Grand Park the hiker comes to a
where they can either
continue hiking the Northern Loop Trail or take the right branch for
more flowers (particularly in early August) and
outstanding views of Mt Rainier(102k)
over a good part of the 3.3-mile path to
- (1) Frozen Lake
- (2) Berkely Park
- (3) Berkely Camp
- (4) Lake Eleanor Camp
Grand Park is a geologic anomaly (caused by ancient flat lava flows that
have remained while lesser rocks eroded away) that provides a remarkable
flat tableland within the otherwise rugged
topography associated with Rainier.
A short cut to Eleanor Lake is to enter from the
north via a FS 73(527k).
To get to the trail head turn west on FS 73 from 410
(24 miles east of Enumclaw and just past the viewpoint of
Mount Rainier if you are coming from the west) continue past
Huckleberry creek and around the mountain to Eleanor Creek
for a total of about 10 miles of driving. At Eleanor Creek there
is a pullout just across the creek and the trail is on the left. T
he trail itself is an easy (only about a 500ft elevation gain)
less than 2 miles to Lake Eleanor;
although tree falls across the trail are not infrequent.
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