Let's hike the Stevens Canyon Waterfalls trail. We'll start at the Box Canyon Exhibit trailhead and hike Box Canyon, and then continue on the Wonderland Trail past Maple Falls, Sylvia Falls, and ending at Martha Falls. On the way back we can stop somewhere for dinner. I will need at least 3 people willing to drive.
Excerpt from “Day Hiking Mount Rainier,” by Dan A Nelson
Following the Wonderland Trail, this route explores the floor of Stevens Canyon, and along the way, you'll find a number of waterfalls along Stevens Creek and its tributaries. The trail is broad and generally well maintained, though the 2006 storms took out some of the bridges and washed out one section of trail.
From the Mount Rainier website: There was a slide that wiped out a section of the trail just below Martha Falls. The Trails Crew have cut in a rough route. Use caution.
Round Trip: 9 miles.
Elevation Gain: 1,060 feet in, 540 feet out.
High Point: 3,600 feet.
Hiking Time: 6 hours.
GPS: N[masked], W 121 38.169.
Special Features: Rivers, waterfalls.
Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270.
What to Bring: Day pack with the 10 Essentials, appropriate hiking attire (no blue jeans, cotton clothing, or sneakers), plenty of water, lunch/energy snacks, sturdy/comfortable shoes + a bag for wet/soiled pairs, trekking poles (optional), sun preventatives, bug repellent, and your camera! Dress according to the forecast (layers!).
Contact: Longmire Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-4453.
Permits/Regulations: $15 per vehicle for a 7-day entrance permit or $30 per vehicle for an annual pass. Group size limited to twelve. Fires prohibited. Dogs prohibited.
Getting there: From the west, via Paradise, drive SR 706 through the Nisqually Entrance and continue approximately 23 miles east to the trailhead on the south side of Stevens Canyon Road.
Useful Links: 7-Day Weather Forecast
Hiking Guide Description and Trip Reports
Robert's Cell: (253)[masked]
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