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Skyline Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98304
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: With an elevation gain of 1,400 fee, this five-mile hiking trail starts from Paradise to Panorama Point, Stevens-Van Trump Memorial with a final... more » Owner description: With an elevation gain of 1,400 fee, this five-mile hiking trail starts from Paradise to Panorama Point, Stevens-Van Trump Memorial with a final descent into Paradise Valley and Myrtle Falls. « less
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Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We did this hike on a clear, sunny day in late August, and the views were gorgeous. We could see Mount Rainier most of the way up. (You should be able to see the mountain from the Paradise visitor center. If not, it's too cloudy, so do the hike another day.) Be sure to pick up a map from the... More

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Federal Way, Washington
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166 reviews 166 reviews
63 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is the trail to do at Paradise. The Dead Horse trail parallels but this one connects to everything. Much of it is paved but be prepared to do 1000' or more of elevation in a few miles.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very well maintained and clearly marked. It's 5.5 miles long with an 1,625 foot elevation gain so allow plenty of time if you aren't use to this type of hike. I noticed that some people hiked very quickly and traveled light. I carried a 16 oz water bottle, light snack and camera for a day that was clear and cool... More

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Richland, Washington
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Take the trail in a counterclockwise direction to get the most views of Rainier. There is a bathroom the the top that is surprisingly clean.

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Spokane, Washington
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86 reviews 86 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Be ready for the most amazing vistas as you ascend the trail that will give you a choice of taking the high route that connects to the Camp Muir trail OR the lower route that crosses snowfields and still provides unmatched views of Mt. Rainier, the Tatoosh Range and meadows of wildflowers. This is a moderate to difficult hike at... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This loop trail goes through subalpine meadows and then above the tree line to snow fields and rocky areas with amazing views of glaciers, distant peaks and the summit of Rainier. Definitely requires sturdy footwear such as hiking boots and good lungs and knees. Tops out about 7,000 feet above sea level.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This trail gives hikers great views not only of Mt. Rainier, but also, on a clear day, of Mt. St. Helens & Mt. Hood. Beautiful wildflowers also enhance the beauty and majesty of Mt Rainier.

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Delafield, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The staff at Paradise's visitor center told us Skyline was the premier day hike at Paradise with excellent views of the mountains, Nisqually glacier, meadow wildflowers and several waterfalls along the way. They were right and I would rate this trail better except for the heavy traffic on the lower part of the trail. Despite being a weekday, the trail... More

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SEATTLE
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

An easy hike from the Paradise parking lot, with views of beautiful wild flowers and the falls. This trail branches off the Skyline Trail just above the Inn.

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California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
56 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This must be the best trail for a day hike and the loop makes its more interesting and non-repeating. Great views of Mount Rainier, surrounding peaks (incl. Mt. Adam, Mt. St. Helen) and valleys. There was even a nicely shaped ice arch! See the photos to judge by yourself! Allow 4-5 hours for a very relaxing pace - don't rush... More

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