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Glacier View Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

The 3,078-acre Glacier View Wilderness is located on the west boundary of Mt. Rainier National Park. Snowmelt drains into the South Puyallup River, filling nine small alpine lakes in a meadowed basin hidden by long ridges on both sides. Elk and mountain goats can often be spotted grazing the basin during the summer. 

The Glacier View Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the mission to build a local grassroots movement to protect Wilderness areas throughout Washington. After five years of advocacy and organizing, the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 marked the organization’s first major victory. 

Via Lake Christine and Glacier View Trailheads, both of which are currently inaccessible due to a washout. Roadwork is expected to begin in 2024 or 2025.