Northern Loop Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
Located 18.0 miles from Buckley, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
37,112 Steps 1  (16.3 mi)


The Northern Loop Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,404 ft (1,952 m), a minimum elevation of 2,992 ft (912 m), and an elevation range of 3,412 ft (1,040 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
37,11216.3 mi2,992 ft6,404 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
8.5 hrs205.62,467 ft5,593 ft
[ B to A ]
9.4 hrs466.15,593 ft2,467 ft

What is the length of the Northern Loop Trail?

The length of the trail is 16.3 mi (26.2 km) or 37,112 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Northern Loop Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 8.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 9.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Northern Loop Trail topo map 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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' 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 Northern Loop trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Northern Loop Trail is located on the Sunrise and Mowich Lake topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.



  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 gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.