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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98304
Phone Number: 3605696571
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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 Trail with Amazing Scenery

Skyline Trail is an amazing but strenuous 5.5 mile (8.9k) loop trail that gains 1,700 feet (518m) as it loops trough Paradise Park and Paradise Valley above the Jackson Memorial... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Steve1362
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Avon, Ohio

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Avon, Ohio
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1,037 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Skyline Trail is an amazing but strenuous 5.5 mile (8.9k) loop trail that gains 1,700 feet (518m) as it loops trough Paradise Park and Paradise Valley above the Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise. Along the trail one will have excellent views of wildflower fields, the Tatoosh Range to the south, Mount Rainier with its many glaciers looming overhead and... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

A great hike from the Henry M. Jackson Memorial visitor center station up the Skyline trail. The hike is about 3km and about 500m vertically, but the view is amazing and totally worth it.

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Tucson, Arizona
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

It was cold & little rainy. We saw a film about the surrounding areas. Very lovely, especially if you are a hiker

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Thank dj600
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We visited early June, and to my son's delight there was still snow on the trail. It was a pretty and different kind of hike for us from the southeast! I was very surprised at the different levels of preparedness on the trail. There were all sorts of abilities and ages, as well as folks in flip flops (remember the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Amazing views, fun hike, varied terrain, we stopped to take pictures constantly. We went second week of October. Temperature read 42 degrees in the car when we were in the parking lot at Paradise Visitor Center (by the trailhead) but the sun was blazing and we were stripping off layers within a few minutes. Only took us about 3 hours... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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227 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Wow, this hike was incredible! As you ascend toward the top (go to left side from the visitors center) You just keep get closer and closer to Mount Rainier until you're so close it seems you could almost touch it! The views are fabulous, and the scenery is fantastic! We started our hike somewhat early in the day (may 10ish?),... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Scenery is well worth the effort.Did not hike it all but am glad we hiked as high as we did...amazing views and you feel like you are right there at the mountain.

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washington state
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294 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The beauty of this fabulous Mt. Rainier landmark trail is that it's fitting for any age and physical level. Although hiking the complete trail may take you 5-6 hours and some exertion, you can truncate the experience and take the trail in sections over the course of days ...or weeks. The asphalt-paved trail is good in most weather conditions and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

As an avid hiker from Seattle, I had been to Rainier several times for other hikes, but always thought Paradise was a tourist center, with nice views and a lot of tourists. I was wrong! This is the most beautiful, colorful, memorable trail I have ever been on - and a MUST, to spite its potential crowds. Logistically - it... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The elevation changes is what makes this a strenuous hike. The trail itself isn't difficult at all, but even if you're in great shape it is a good workout that's lots of fun. Closeup views of Raininer plus views of Mt St Helens, Mt Hood, and Mt Adams make this a huge photo-op, so get out there and do this... More 

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