Glacier Basin trail is a hike that will give you a great workout. Strenuous as it is it will last 3.5 hours and is a total of 6 miles, roundtrip.
There is an
elevation gain of 1800 feet with the highest point being 5900 feet above sea level. You start at Barlow Pass which is easy to find off the
Mountain Loop Highway. You'll hike through the town remains of Monte Cristo and continue on tuntil reaching the signs for Glacier
The trail steadily finds its way to steep incline and then elevates as you go on; great for those
leg muscles. On this hike you'll encounter plenty of gorgeous waterfalls, lots of yummy berry bushes, scenic views of Mount Rainier, Emmons
Glacier, and Little Tahoma Peak.
At the end of your hike you'll find that the trail is no longer maintained at which time you'll come to an old gold
mine which is very fascinating to observe. This is a great spot to unload a picnic. Be sure to be very careful and alert about wildlife.
There have been several spottings of bears in this area. There is also 6+ campsites equipped with bear poles to hang food from, with is very