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The Wonderland Trail, which encircles Washington's 14,410-foot Mount Rainier, is on every backpacker's short list. During the course of its 92 (or so) miles, you'll experience everything from old-growth rain forests to alpine glaciers, pass by sylvan lakes, wander over view-packed ridges, walk beside towering waterfalls, see interesting wildlife, and visit beautiful displays of wildflowers.
Although the trip is outstanding in every way, it is also far from easy. With me unpredictable weather, rough terrain, and almost 4 vertical miles (!) of uphill, the trail demands effort and plenty of local know-how. This detailed guidebook tells you everything you need to know to hike this magnificent route sately and in relative comfort. Here you will find:
Advice on what you'll need to bring, how to get in shape, when to go, and how to snag that prized permit
A complete description of the Trail as well as the main alternate routes around the mountain
The best side trips to turn this already great hike into a "life list" classic
One Best Hike: Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail, with its can-do approach, nuts-and-bolts advice, and practical tips, will leave you wondering why you've waited so long to embark on this truly special hiking adventure.
|Series:||One Best Hike|
|Product dimensions:||5.66(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.41(d)|
About the Author
Douglas Lorain's family moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1969, and he has been obsessively hitting the trails of his home region ever since. Over the years he calculates that he has logged well over 30,000 trail miles in this corner of the continent, and despite a history that includes being bitten by a rattlesnake, shot at by a hunter, charged by a grizzly bear, and donating countless gallons of blood to "invertebrate vampires," he happily sees no end in sight.
Lorain is a photographer and recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award. His books cover only the best trips from the thousands of hikes and backpacking trips he has taken throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. His photographs have been featured in numerous magazines, calendars, and books. He is described by the Seattle Times as the "next great Northwest trail guide author."