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

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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Seattle, Washington
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113 reviews 113 reviews
46 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Truly one of my favorite hikes of all time. This 5.5 mile hike is gorgeous. We of course hiked this trail in August which happens to be one of the most amazing times of year to visit Mt. Rainier. There is never a moment during this hike that there is not an amazing view to be seen. We hiked this... More

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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293 reviews 293 reviews
94 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A bit of snow here on the tracks when we visited, it is moderately strenuous but very rewarding indeed!

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Washington State
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Hiked the Skyline Trail up to Panorama Point and back down. Elevation gain is 1700'. Wildflowers were just getting started - lots of heather, avalanche lily, indian paintbrush, and lupine. There were four or five snowfields left to cross, the biggest one was the one up by Glacier Point. Lots of people were crossing it successfully. The views all along... More

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a city by a lake, WA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
53 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The "trailhead" is a set of stairs from the Paradise Visitor Center outdoor seating area. We took the trail that goes right and we stayed on the lower portion to Myrtle Falls. I'm not sure of the elevation gain but it wasn't bad. We left my parents (73 and 77) behind thinking they couldn't handle it but I think they... More

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Hyderabad, India
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86 reviews 86 reviews
58 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

1 mile round trip from the visitor center up to Myrtle falls is exhilarating. We noticed wild flower meadows, deer and water falls on the way. this is an easy trail and one can trek further to panorama view point with a 4 mile round trip.must be experienced.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Hiked up to the falls NE of the Visitors Center. Not that difficult and paved all the way. One of the best photo opportunies of the mountain in on the bridge above the falls. Well worth the short hike.

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Southern Outerbanks of NC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

And the views are unbelievable. Choose your cross trails carefully and it is not as difficult as many guides imply. We are upper 60s and average condition and we could handle it.

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