We hiked 5 miles from sunrise to granite creek camp, over skyscraper pass and back down again. We arrived at granite creek after about 2.5 hours on the trail. There is a river running right below camp, the perfect place to sit and relax or filter some water.. it tastes amazing. there are 2 single campsites and one group camp site they are all well secluded from each other. There is a backcountry bathroom which is awesome between campsite 1 + 2 follow the signs along the trail past the bear poll and you'll arrive at your very own forest bathroom - all the views inculded!
Hiking is one of my favorite things to do when I am not working. I spend a lot of my free time doing this. Granite Creek Campground is a great place to camp- but it is also a great starting point to hike. You can start at Granite Creek Campground and hike to Sunrise Point which is in the Wonderland trail in the Mount Rainier National Park. It takes me about 5 hours to do a roundtrip loop from one point to the next and back. It is about 8 miles roundtrip, and I would say it was "middle' level experience. The scenery, wild life, and greenery are to die for. My favorite time of year to do this hike is in the spring time because there are so many gorgeous flowers that are blooming. I almost feel like I am in some sort of flower painting, because everywhere you look there is a different color flower. I have yet to stay at Granite Creek Campground but it is on my list to do at some point. Going through the campground in the summer, it is ALWAYS busy. So many RV's and tents all around- I would definitely say this was a great sign and tells you a lot about how much people like staying here. It is always clean too. There are bathrooms on site (I usually use them before and after my hike)! They are clean, and always stocked with toilet paper and toilet seat covers. I would highly recommend coming here! To camp or to hike!!!