If you’re looking for fun and challenging hiking trails this Spring, Mt. Rainier has exactly what you need. From Comet Falls to Skyline, the trails at Mt. Rainier will leave you nothing short of satisfying. Let’s take a look at some of the more desirable trails at Mt. Rainier that are perfect for Spring activities.
Deriving its name because it looks like the tail of a comet, Comet Falls boasts a nearly 4-mile round trip excursion with a 900-foot elevation gain. The entrance is just four miles to the east of Longmire along the road to Paradise. The Comet Falls hike should take you about three hours to complete and has one of the most amazing waterfalls in the area.
Emerald Ridge Trail
If you’re looking for a longer hike, then Emerald Ridge Trail will be right up your alley. At roughly 16 miles in total, Emerald Ridge has a 2100 foot elevation gain with a trail that’s quite rocky and steep at times. The trip will take you around eight or nine hours.
Pinnacle Peak Trail
With an elevation gain of 1050 feet, Pinnacle Peak Trail is in between two and three miles and right in the middle of the Tatoosh Range (second highest peak in the area). The trailhead can be found on the south side of Stevens Canyon Road and total hiking time will take about two hours. Along the trail, you’ll be presented with panorama views of the mountain as well as Paradise Valley.