Everything I know about hiking the Wonderland Trail

Every year, come permitting season (March 15th is when wilderness permits become available for that year), I get a lot of people asking me questions about the Wonderland Trail. And I am always happy to answer them! But I thought – what if I also created a little resource that I could direct people to? […]

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Wonderland Trail Day 3: White River to Longmire

Of course we were just far enough away from camp that turning around wasn’t an option when I remembered that I was planning on putting new batteries in my headlamp. The pool of light it was casting was quite dim but luckily I walk in front so I was getting the benefit of Kyle’s headlamp […]

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Wonderland Trail Day 2: Mowich to White River

Kyle and I got to sleep in an extra hour on Saturday and woke up at four to start our hike. I was surprised to wake up and feel good. I had slept like a baby which is rare after a really long day – usually my hips ache so bad it keeps me awake. […]

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Wonderland Trail Day 1: Longmire to Mowich

Turns out there isn’t anyone else at Longmire at 3:30am. I sat under the dim parking lot lights waiting for Kyle to get back from the bathroom. He was nauseous. Kyle is almost always nauseous for early morning adventures. It’s like his body is resenting being drug out of bed before the sun is up. […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 5

Day 5 20.3 miles Indian Bar Campground to Longmire Parking Lot We had agreed to wake up early on our last day so we could get back to Longmire in time to get some food outside the park. Regardless of that agreement, it still wasn’t easy to get out of the tent when the cool […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 4

Day 4 14.7 miles Sunrise Walk-in Campground to Indan Bar Campground Another dry morning. The sun was shining and we didn’t have to get out of our tent until 7am! However, Kyle and I are terrible at sleeping in and at staying in our tent while the sun is out. For the sake of Molly […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 3

Day 3 19.8 miles (allegedly) Eagle’s Roost Camp to Sunrise Walk-in Camp I was surprised when we woke up to dry tents. Day two had been so cloudy and cold I had been convinced we would be dealing with wet gear again. But instead we could see blue sky through the thick canopy of trees […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 2

Day 2 19.8 miles (allegedly) Klapatche Camp to Eagle’s Roost Camp We woke up damp, the ceiling of our tent covered in suspended condensation, just waiting for a light gust of wind or an clumsily moving tent dweller to come along and knock it all off. Kyle very carefully got dressed and fled the tent, […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 1

Day 1 16.7 miles From Longmire parking lot to Klapatche Campsite We stepped out of the car after a long and slightly misty morning drive down to Mount Rainier National Park. Josh, Molly, Kyle and I stood in the Longmire parking lot, eying the clouds above us and eating the last of our respective breakfasts. […]

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