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Hiking the Wonderland Trail: The Complete Guide to Mount Rainier's Premier Trail [NOOK Book]

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Washington State's famed Wonderland Trail is a spectacular 93-mile route that circumnavigates Mount Rainier, challenging hikers with its strenuous 22,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain and loss. Hiking the Wonderland Trail: The Complete Guide to Mount Rainier's Premier Trail is an authoritative guidebook penned by Washington native Tami Asars, a professional instructor on hiking the trail, a third-generation hiker of the Cascade mountains, and seven-time hiker of the entire Wonderland Trail. In this guide ...
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Hiking the Wonderland Trail: The Complete Guide to Mount Rainier's Premier Trail

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Overview



Washington State's famed Wonderland Trail is a spectacular 93-mile route that circumnavigates Mount Rainier, challenging hikers with its strenuous 22,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain and loss. Hiking the Wonderland Trail: The Complete Guide to Mount Rainier's Premier Trail is an authoritative guidebook penned by Washington native Tami Asars, a professional instructor on hiking the trail, a third-generation hiker of the Cascade mountains, and seven-time hiker of the entire Wonderland Trail. In this guide Asars draws on her experience, covering these essentials:


* How to work with the Wonderland Trail permit reservation system, and when to apply

* Recommended gear--with a checklist--and ways to reduce pack weight, prevent blisters, and stay warm and dry

* How to pack the perfect backpack

* Food and fuel caching on the Wonderland, tips and instruction

* Detailed camp-to-camp route descriptions and suggested itineraries

* How to extend your adventures with the Northern Loop Trail and the Eastside Trail


Over the years, Asars has taken extensive notes that she shares at workshops and in the field. Hiking the Wonderland Trail distills her boot-tested knowledge so that everyone can enjoy the magic of Mount Rainier's premier trail.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594856556
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 694,479
  • File size: 83 MB
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Meet the Author

Author Tami Asars grew up in Western Washington playing in the foothills and mountains of the North Cascades. Since then she has hiked thousands of miles of trails in the state. Asars lives in the Cascade Foothills of Washington, with her husband and their German shepherd.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Map Legend, Trail Elevation Profile, and Trail Overview Map 8

Introduction: Mount Rainier, Nature's Masterpiece

History 12

Storms and Volcanoes: A Destructive Power 13

How to Use This Book 17

Chapter 1 The Wonderland's Moody and Sunny Sides

Weather and Trail Conditions 20

Lions and Mice and Bears, Oh My! 31

Chapter 2 Preparing for Your Adventure

Getting Your Permit 47

Getting to the Mountain 53

Lodging at the Mountain 54

Food Caching 58

Fuel Caching 62

Gear 65

First Aid and Safety 68

The Necessities and Challenges of Water 72

Hygiene: Giving Primitiveness a High Five 75

Training for the Wonderland Trail 78

Trail Etiquette and Leave No Trace 81

Chapter 3 Backpacking the Wonderland Trail

Where Should I Start? 85

Which Direction Should I Go? 96

Distance, Maps, and the Spray Park Alternate 98

Chapter 4 The West Side: Longmire to Mowich Lake

Longmire to Devils Dream 104

Devils Dream to Klapatche Park 110

Klapatche Park to Golden Lakes 125

Golden Lakes to Mowich Lake 130

Chapter 5 The North Side: Mowich Lake to Sunrise Camp

Mowich Lake to Dick Creek via Ipsut Pass 138

Spray Park Trail: The Alternate Route 145

Dick Creek to Mystic Camp? 150

Mystic Camp to Sunrise Camp 156

Chapter 6 The East Side: Sunrise Camp to Nickel Creek

Sunrise Camp to Summerland 168

Summerland to Indian Bar 174

Indian Bar to Nickel Creek 183

Chapter 7 The South Side: Nickel Creek to Longmire

Nickel Creek to Paradise River 188

Paradise River to Longmire 195

Chapter 8 Sampling the Wonderland Trail

Section Hiking the Wonderland 198

The Northern Loop 199

The Eastside Loop 210

Appendixes

A Clockwise Itineraries 227

B Counterclockwise Itineraries 236

C Camp-to-Camp Elevation Gain and Loss 246

D Camps 247

E Resources 248

Index 250

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    I first picked up this book because of it's beautiful colored ph

    I first picked up this book because of it's beautiful colored photos and my sheer curiosity about the Wonderland Trail.  Now I find myself planning a trip out to Washington State to hike the entire thing this summer!  This book is well written with details that are key to planning, such as wilderness camping suggestions from a variety of starting points, and information on how to get permits.  
    We even learned that we could stay at the National Park Inn half way through our trip, which we hadn't figured out.   Not only is the book informative, it's also written with a sense of humor, which makes it fun to read cover to cover.  Since I purchased this book, I've had a chance to read a couple others on the same topic and there is nothing on the market as good as this book.  Hands down the best 
    read on the Wonderland Trail and all you need for planning a great trip.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Seems like a terrific trail guide

    Haven't done the trip yet,(Next week!) but this guide seemed even better than Finney's because it's more up-to-date and has great color photos. I like Tami Asars' writing style and the tables in the back are concise and helpful. Wish there was an electronic version.

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