Route: Wonderland Trail (WA)

Washington, US

The Wonderland Trail is an amazing, rugged 95-mile loop around Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in Washington State.   



One quick question, are new comments coming through and saving on the new site some where? I can't find them if they are. Anyhow, I am planning on making a supported Wonderland attempt coming up shortly. Right now the plan is to drive up to Cougar Rock Campground Monday Sep 3rd, and then I'll be doing the run on the day that week when the weather seems best. I'll post once more with spot tracker info and the exact date/time once it gets a bit closer. 


Quick update here on my attempt before we leave cell reception. I am planning on starting my run on Tuesday Sep 4 from the Cougar Rock Campground trail access between 6:00-6:15am. 

Here is the link to my spot tracker page:

Weather looks good, trail seems to be in good condition, and Candice just broke the women's unsupported record, nice omen as far as I am concerned. 

I am going to be doing a more detailed write up on our Trails and Tarmac blog in the next week. But in the meantime here is a link to the Strava page for the run.

I botched the initial few hours with the spot tracker, but I got it working maybe around mile 10? I can't remember exactly. Also, one other small note, there was a trail closure on the little horse shoe deal at Box Canyon (mile 78) I looked at it pretty close but it was very closed, gates on both sides. The re route was about 2 minutes shorter. But That's the way on this trail. I know when Gary did his previous record he had to take the road at White River for a few miles because the bridge there was out I am presuming. And that cut off a handful of minutes for him as well. It all comes out in the wash anyhow. 

I think the previous link to my spot tracker page should also suffice for additional proof too? 

thanks to all who followed along!



Depending on this last weather cell pushing through, either Tomorrow (9/15) or Monday (9/16) I will attempt the Wonderland Trail unsupported & solo around Mt Rainier, carrying my own gear/food and getting water from natural sources. My plan is to start around 10am PT from Box Canyon and head clockwise around the mountain. To following along, here is the link to the Garmin inReach I will be running with (thanks Steve!): As soon as I have made a final decision on day to start, I will post an update here. 

Correction: Sunday 9/16 or Monday 9/17. Initial intentions were to start 15/16 but poor weather has lingered.

Not sure how kosher it is, since (not anticipating going as quick as we did) we didn't announce an attempt on the FKT, but Rachel Entrekin and I (Ian Seabury) ran an unsupported 27:23:10 this on 9/15-16/2018. We started and finished out of Mowich Campground at 6 AM and went clockwise. Saturday was a beautiful day with sporadic sprinkles, but rain fell through the night and Sunday morning, with temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, leading to a somewhat chilly finish. Between weather, unfamiliarity with the trail, and a very relaxed day with plenty of food, water, and photo breaks, there's substantial room for improvement on this! Below is the Strava link (recorded with Rachel's iPhone) as well as SPOT tracking I had active for safety/friends+family to follow along from FB.…

On July 17th I will attempt the Wonderland trail clockwise and unsupported. I will be starting and finishing at Cougar Rock campground. I will post both my Strava and trip report with photos to my blog at

Rachel Entrekin and I (Ian Seabury) will be coming back to Wonderland on July 19th, this time staggering our starts by 30 minutes or so. From Longmire, I'll be starting around 5PM and she'll be starting around 5:30PM. We'll both be going for the unsupported FKTs in our respective genders. She'll be carrying my SPOT tracker, and if she happens to pass me (she fast!) she'll pass it off to me for safety reasons. The link to the SPOT page is below:

Obviously, we'll also both be carrying GPSs and cameras for verification if we get times good enough. Looking forward to giving this a solo go now that we know the trail, and hope the snow going down Fryingpan isn't too bad.

24:21 for me and 25:06 for Rachel. We'll submit reports and GPS soon! Word on the street is that this is going to see a lot of activity this year so I don't expect mine to hold for long!