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THE Trail to do!

My best friend of 47+ years and I did this trail. We stayed overnight at their lodge where the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Grants Pass, United States
Magnificent in every way

First time casual hiker to Mt Rainier. What an experience this was. We started later than we... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2018
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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.
Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98304
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My best friend of 47+ years and I did this trail. We stayed overnight at their lodge where the trail begins. I love the diverse trail. It's gorgeous and not too hard to do. I will be going back with my son September 2019.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

First time casual hiker to Mt Rainier. What an experience this was. We started later than we wanted to and arrived at the visitor's center at 10:45. There weren't any clouds in the sky on the day we went. Perfect weather conditions. very lucky. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ken F
Reviewed October 14, 2018

We went in late September and had clear skies which I'm told is often rare. Apparently September is the time to go to Seattle area, we had zero rain all week! And no crowds, as I'm told this place is crowded in the summer time....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Russell M
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

We went on an especially clear day. We met a number of people who were very friendly and helpful during the hike. Took us about 3 1/2 hours, about 2 1/2 up and an hour down. Us low landers were winded as we approached the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jpc1602
Reviewed October 3, 2018

this trail summarizes the visit in Mt Rainier. it is not easy to walk, and one of the steepest hikes i met. but when you arrive to the vista point it absolutely worth the climbing. the views are spectacular.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shlomi F
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

From the moment you drive up to Paradise Visitor Center, you are awed by Mt Rainier and we were anxious to see it closer. As others have said, going clockwise is steeper ascending but more gradual descending (helpful if you have bad knees); if not,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

Gosh, it feels like we've taken half our time talking with Rangers about hiking ideas. We had a lot. We were interested in the Skyline Trail loop. But it felt a bit too long since we needed to get to Seattle to go out tomorrow....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed September 25, 2018

We hiked Skyline trail last week while in MRNP. We hiked in the counterclockwise direction which I would recommend! The initial paved trail is beautiful thru fall colors. We saw 44 marmots during our 5+mi hike. The only difficult part was more at the top...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mary G
Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

This strenuous 5.5 mile, 4.5 hours long round trip gives a tour of the Paradise, passing Alta Vista, Glacier Vista, Panorama Point, Pebble Creek, Sluiskin Falls, and Myrtle Falls. Elevation ranges from 5400 feet to 7000 feet, with wet and dry, exposed and sheltered habitats....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SDR007
Reviewed September 15, 2018

The skyline trail was just awesome. we got close to the mountain. this august was particularly hot and so the glaciers were not as massive but still pretty cool looking. we saw two expeditions walking on the snow packs. it's a 5.5 miles loop. we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Elaine G
October 1, 2017|
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Response from Michelle F | Reviewed this property |
There is maybe one area that I can remember with a narrow open right side and it was a short path.
July 23, 2016|
Response from Medellin P |
My son did it and he is 8. It's doable with breaks and a good snack at panorama point. He was tired at the top but got reenergized with some food. Bring plenty of water. We had camelbaks. There is a bathroom at panorama,up... More
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Trail Conditions June 30-July 3rd (3 Replies)
Wife and I are trying to plan our itinerary for when were there next week. We have trails picked out that we'd like to try, but were not sure of their condition. Below is a list of trails we are considering, can someone comment as to their condition? Are they snow packed? If snow covered, are they marked, or traveled enough, so that we can follow them? We have yak traks, are these sufficient or should we rent snow shoes? Crystal Peak Crystal Lakes Skyline Trail by Paradise Carbon...More
June 24, 2013|
Response fromglaciermeadows|
Christy is the local expert and will pipe in, but I would think some of these trails woud still be under snow. You will be very very early for Rainier. Olympic would be a better option. Carbon river had aterrible storm a few years ago, so I am not sure about its acessibility as of late. Commet Falls is certainly possible. Have you looked for updates on Washington Trail Association?
QuinnLynnB .
Camping near Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier (8 Replies)
Hi all, We'll be coming from Deschutes River Rec area and want to spend a couple of days exploring Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. Is there a campground you recommend we could set up base somewhere between the two? We'll be there early September. Also, what's the best way to enter Mt. rainier to get to Skyline trail? Thanks:)
April 19, 2015|
Response fromVancouverite67|
the best campground for MSH is Seaquest State Park. For obvious reasons, there are no campgrounds close to the volcano.....
弘毅 河
Age recommendation for Skyline trail (0 Replies)
Please advise if there is an age recommendation for hiking the Skyline train, for example 5 years old and above.
July 21, 2016|