Wildflower Hike - Summerland/Panhandle Gap

One of Rainier's classic hikes transcending the forest, subalpine and alpine zones reaching the highest elevation of the 94 mile Wonderland Trail at Panhandle Gap, 6,800'. The distance is approximately 10.5 miles round trip with approximately 3,000' of net elevation gain. The best time is late August, early September. Check conditions before setting out.

Mountain Goat along the Wonderland Trail

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Trailhead Note: The trailhead is 3.0 miles on the Sunrise Road from the White River entrance (ranger station and wilderness information center). The parking area is immediately after the road crosses Fryingpan Creek. Parking is limited and since this is a popular hike for backbackers it may already be occupied with a number of vehicles. The remaining area fills up quickly, particularly on the weekends, and the Park Service discourages parking along the road.

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