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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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Washington State
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

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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105 reviews 105 reviews
51 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
28 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Third time visiting Mt. Rainier NP and it always impresses. For us infrequent visitors, the thought of 80 degree weather and bright sunshine for many days straight in the middle of July does not jive with 90% of the trail being snow covered; all this is quite evident with throngs of tourists trying to hike the only open trails in... More

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Hazlet
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80 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is it in a nutshell, Skyline Trail offers a plethora of wildflowers, waterfalls, diverse choices of side trails for every challenge level, the ever-changing weather of Mt. Rainier hovering over you every step of the way, and occasional wildlife. This is extraordinary. You must see Myrtle falls and you can skip Alta Vista. Take it slow - it's well... More

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Chehalis, Washington
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203 reviews 203 reviews
93 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. We were really looking forward to hiking the trail but... More

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New Jersey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We hiked the skyline trail to Panorama Point with our 5 and 7 year old children. This is what I consider a perfect trail. It is a pleasant hike with beautiful scenary from beginning to end. Well, Mount Rainier is in your face all the time you are hiking up. We made a detour to Alta Vista, not worth it.... More

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NJ
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24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Great hike! Take your time, pack a lunch ( bag lunches available to order at the Inn) and stop to enjoy the views...and don't forget to turnaround and look behind you once in a while! Watch for marmots and take in the wildflowers.

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