ElevationAscent: 6,777' 2,066 m
Descent: -3,649' -1,112 m
High: 6,403' 1,952 m
Low: 2,913' 888 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 73% (36°)
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“Work your way through the most pristine wilderness in the park on this long distance trail.”— Tom Robson
A few hundred yards beyond the top of Windy Gap, a side trail leads to Natural Bridge, a short 1.75 mile round trip.
The Northern Loop trail descends 1,400 feet in two miles from Windy Gap to a camp at Lake James, at 4,370 feet.
From Lake James, the route drops to a crossing of the West Fork of the White River, then climbing 2,500 feet towards Grand Park. Along the climb at 4.5 miles, a side trail leads to Fire Creek Camp. At 6 miles from Lake James is a junction with Grand Park Trail. Continue right for another 3 miles to a camp in lower Berkeley Park. From Berkeley Park Camp, climb 1 mile through meadows to a final junction with the Wonderland Trail.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park