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4-day Backpacking Trip in Mt. Rainier National Park

Join a certified mountain guide on this 4-day hiking adventure in the rugged and sublime scenery of Mt. Rainier National Park.

Mountain RangeCascade Range
Duration4 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • Explore Ipsut Falls and the surrounding area.

  • Camp in the in the shadow of Mt. Rainier.

  • Learn backcountry cooking, camping and safety techniques.


Join us on this four-day backpacking trip through the deservedly iconic Mt. Rainier National Park!

Our journey begins once we arrive at the Carbon River trailhead. We will ease into the hike, starting out with a relatively flat portion. As the day progresses, we will make our way to the Ipsut Creek Campground where we will explore the area around Ipsut Falls. We will also use this day to go over proper packing techniques and make sure that all of our gear fits properly.

Our second day in the Mt. Rainier National Park will be the hardest, but also the most rewarding days of the trip. We will hike toward Carbon Glacier, enjoying spectacular vistas of the unique and massive ice sheet along the way.

As we approach our destination we will come across a rickety old bridge reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie. With all our daring, we will cross over the bridge and then take a small detour for some fantastic views out over the glacier, before continuing on through Cataract Valley.

On our third day, we will hike through a number of scenic ups and downs through alpine meadows. There will be snow as early as the summer and heath and wildflowers throughout the autumn. Absolutely stunning regardless of the season! This section of the Wonderland Trail will leave you wanting to return for the more intrepid 93-mile loop around the volcano.

On our final day, we will head back to the trailhead. Your calves will be relieved as we head downhill for the first time during the hike, winding our way through forested switchbacks. We will level out toward every end of our hike, allowing for a lovely stroll and some time to reflect on everything you have learned, seen and done.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for your fantastic four-day hike through the sublime and majestic wilderness of Mt. Rainier National Park!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you will also be interested in our 4-day backpacking trip in Olympic National Park!


We will be camping throughout the duration of our trip.

More info

The minimum age for this trip is 13.

Meeting point

We can either pick you from somewhere in Seattle area or you can meet us directly at the Mt. Rainier Park Carbon river entrance.




Day 1: Hike to Ipsut Creek Campground

We will meet at or head to Carbon River trailhead then hike for five miles to our first campsite.

Day 2: Hike to Cataract Valley camp

We will hike for five miles toward the Carbon Glacier and over a rickety, Indiana Jones-esque bridge. This will be our toughest day.

Day 3: Hike to Mowich Lake Campground

We will hike for 6.5 miles over a series of small ups and downs along the Wonderland Trail until we arrive at our campsite.

Day 4: Hike through Ipsut Pass to Carbon River Trailhead

We will hike for nine miles down through wooded switchbacks eventually flattening out and reaching the trailhead.

About the guide

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At Miyar Adventures, we know that every trip is as much about discovering yourself as it is about discovering the world. Miyar was founded because of our passion for climbing - a passion we will strive to share with you whether you join us for a trip close to home or in a remote corner of the Himalayas.

We strive to be your trusted companion as you chase your life-long dreams. We believe it is our duty to ensure that you are safe and that you have fun every time you climb with us.

We want to make climbing accessible to all adventure-seekers, regardless of their age and climbing background. And when we go climbing with seasoned climbers, we make sure they have enough of a challenge.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 820 each

Group of 2

USD 769 each

Group of 3

USD 717 each

Group of 4

USD 696 each

Group of 5

USD 665 each

Group of 6

USD 665 each

Group of 7

USD 665 each

Group of 8

USD 665 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• Price does not include lunch.

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