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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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Espoo, Finland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

I did this early October on a clear day and it was spectacular. You need to be in fit to get to the peak of this trail but it's worth every calorie wasted. Beautyful scenaries along the way and spectacular panoramas from the top. Takes few hours to do the loop so prepare with some snacks and water.

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Arlington, Texas
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212 reviews 212 reviews
39 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My favorite hike in years! Beauty, views, sounds of wildlife, water, ice burg breakage, and wind. No better

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Richmond, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This hike is as good as it gets at Mt. Rainier. You start the loop trail at the Paradise visitor center. We chose to hike the trail counterclockwise, reaching beautiful Myrtle Falls in about a 1/2 mile. Very good photo op here at the lower viewpoint, looking towards the falls, the wooden bridge, and Mt. Rainier in the distance. You... More

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Vinton, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The most scenic hike I've ever been on. It's about a 6-mile loop, goes through fields of wild flowers, then more rocky terrain as you get closer to the glaciers on mt rainier. We went through a snow field, saw waterfalls coming off the glaciers, heard the cracking of glaciers on the move, had a 360 view of surrounding mountains,... More

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Yakima, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If you are not in shape, it can be a hard trail, but the views are wonderful. Be sure to look for the Nike Swish on the side of the mountain. I was surprised the first time I saw it. You can go to where the Paradise Ice Caves used to be to see some beautiful waterfalls. Bring water with... More

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Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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108 helpful votes 108 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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