Glacier Basin Trail
Mount Rainier National Park

Located 24.1 miles from Buckley, Washington

4 Stars
6,633 Steps 1  (3.0 mi)

The Glacier Basin Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,965 ft (1,818 m), a minimum elevation of 4,364 ft (1,330 m), and an elevation gain of 12,298 ft (3,749 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Glacier Basin Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
6,6333.0 mi4,364 ft5,965 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.5 hrs0.212,298 ft2,177 ft
[ B to A ]
1.1 hrs0.02,177 ft12,298 ft

What is the length of the Glacier Basin Trail?

The length of the Glacier Basin Trail is 3.0 mi (4.9 km) or 6,633 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Glacier Basin Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the Glacier Basin Trail in 1.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.1 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Glacier Basin Trail Topo Maps

Download free Glacier Basin Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Bearhead Mountain, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Clear West Peak, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Sun Top, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Mowich Lake, WA
  5. Topo Map: Sunrise, WA
  6. East Topo Map: White River Park, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mount Rainier West, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Mount Rainier East, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Chinook Pass, WA

Is there a Glacier Basin Trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Glacier Basin Trail is located on the Sunrise topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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