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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98304
Activities: Hiking
Description: With an elevation gain of 1,400 fee, this five-mile hiking trail starts...
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.
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Great hike once the casual tourist stops

Very good loop hike around 5.5 miles if you go counter clockwise you get some great views of Mount Evans and you have an easier decent on the end since its blacktop the first or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Tacoma, Washington
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This trail was absolutely beautiful! The glacier was very close and we could see two waterfalls from the 1.75 mile mark (just before you ascend the large hill). The trail itself was very well maintained, as well. The drive up to the trail was very pretty, as well. The only downside to this trail was that is was absolutely packed... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Very good loop hike around 5.5 miles if you go counter clockwise you get some great views of Mount Evans and you have an easier decent on the end since its blacktop the first or last .8 miles. The climb is about 1600 verticle feet and will take about 4 hours if you are in ok shap. The shale is... More 

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Washougal, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Lucked out and got a clear day for this hike. Not sure I would recommend if you could not get the views along the way and at the top if it were cloudy. Very well maintained, but steep at times. Rated moderate is a fair rating. Panoramic Point at the top had views all the way to Mt Hood. On... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

You can choose to make this trail as difficult as you want it to be. The initial trail is paved and attracts the majority of casual hikers/walkers. The incline will quickly separate the hiker from the walker and the tourist crowds begin to thin out. The further you go the more dramatic the views. Loads of marmots crisis crossing the... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This hike is simply glorious. Amazing views of Mount Rainier, glaciers, and the valley. However, that is on a good weather day. On a bad weather day, you might be hiking in the clouds.

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Manhattan Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful hike, especially if it is clear weather. I recommend taking a little off-shoot trail up to Pebble Creek, which is the way the mountain climbers go on their way to Muir Camp. You can cross Pebble Creek and continue up to where the snow field starts. I didn't go any further because I didn't really want... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Wow, this hike is popular! But despite 500 tourists, it is still worth to visit. We went up to Panorama point and back down - a good 6 miles roundtrip. Very rocky, so bring sturdy shoes. Also very sunny and hot - a hat and sunscreen is a must. But the views of Mt. Rainier will haunt you for a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Mt. Rainier is our family's favorite place to hike. We have been there number of times. If you are planning to complete this 5.5 miles round trip hike with 1700' elevation gain, I recommend counterclockwise approach. This way you leave the most strenuous part of the hike as downhill, not uphill in the beginning. As far as timing of the... More 

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A-town
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I chose this hike based on other TripAdvisor reviews and photos and is it turns out it is my all-time favorite hike EVER, in spite of its difficulty. The hike, which took about 4.5 hours, was spectacular from beginning to end. It has everything: beautiful views of the volcano, mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfalls, fields of wildflowers and snow in the... More 

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

What a great hike! Amazing views of Mt. Ranier, Adams, St. Helen. This is not a beginner's hike as there are many steps, narrow areas, and a noticeable change in altitude. But worth every step up .. And down!

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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98304
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Mount Rainier National Park

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