Panorama Point Skyline Loop Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews

Panorama Point Skyline Loop Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, WA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from July until October.

5.5 miles 1824 feet Loop

hiking

snowshoeing

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

snow

no dogs

From the Nisqually entranceon Highway 706, 18 miles on Longmire-Paradise Road to the main Paradise Parking area. The trail starts to the west of the Paradise Ranger Station

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with magnificent views of three other mountains. Very easy with only a few steep areas. Great view of rainier!! Gonna try more trails in that area. Oh yea, panorama point ha awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

absolutely stunning, great if you're not looking to work out. added on a bit of the miur camp trail, beautiful

backpacking
2 months ago

Amazing! Not for everyone but definitely worth it

2 months ago

The views on this trail were breathtaking! Absolutely gorgeous! Make sure you get there early and wear sunscreen if the sun is out that day. There are restrooms at the bottom and one near the top. The trail is very well maintained but the footing gets a little slick in some places. I will definitely hike this trail again!

hiking
2 months ago

I went there on Friday morning, I reached there around 8 am and parking was almost full, it was beautiful sunny day sky was clear and warm. Started hike around 8:30, the trail is very clear and clean, there are a lot of stops where you can sit down and enjoy the view of Mt. Rainier, as you walk further the hike gets little difficult but doable.I saw a lot of Marmots eating grass and enjoying the sun,they are supper entertaining. closeup view of Mt.Rainier is breathtaking, it took me around 2-2.5 hours to get up to pebble creek, I took so many small breaks to enjoy the views at different points. View From Panorama is really beautiful you can see chain of volcanoes from there like Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. There are restrooms near Panorama view point and once you reach there make sure you go to pebble creek which is super close from there and view from there is breathtaking and beautiful. Trails are snow free and dry till Pebble Creek and you will see small waterfalls and a lot of marmots if you go early morning. Took me 1.5 hours to come back to paradise inn parking.
Check list,
1. you need to buy ticket inorder to visit Mt. Rainier, check weather.
2. Go early morning and durning week days to avoid traffic and also during weekends parking is hard to find.
3. Fill up your Gas tank before entering Mt.Rainier.
4. Bring Enough water and snacks. you need a lot of water stay hydrated.
5. Bugs were not bad but you can keep spray with you just incase.
Enjoy your trip, it is really a beautiful place for day hike..
Have fun..!!

Hiked August 26,2016

hiking
3 months ago

Can be a bit on the steep side in sections, but not too bad and trail is very well maintained. This whole area is just amazing!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful must-do hike in Paradise area! I went in July and the trail is covered in snow at the higher elevation areas. We came across few hikers who continue on this trail, but it was definitely worth the trip!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazingly picturesque.

hiking
3 months ago

A beautiful hike! The beginning is pretty steep, but the trail is absolutely beautiful. There are meadows, streams, and wildflowers everywhere, but know the trail is very popular. probably one of the most populated hikes I've been on in WA

3 months ago

My favorite hike in WA (that I have done so far)! I slightly shortcut it a bit by taking the Golden Gate trail back down, Stunning views of the mountain & the surrounding area. Also cut across the shortcut after Panorama Point, it was all snow covered, slightly nerve racking, One misstep & I would have been going sledding without a sled, but it's nice to challenge yourself once in awhile! A must do in this park!

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Arrived at Paradise at 8:30AM and started up the trail with just a few other people around. Saw some marmots on the way up. Hit some snow heading to lower panorama point. Navigation was easy using the map from the app (downloaded) as the trail itself was snow covered. Trekking poles were handy making it up & down from upper panorama point.

A beautiful moderate hike. It is definitely longer than the 5.5 miles the map suggests in the app

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, some snow crossing but doable, cool at the top but I had shorts and a shell and was comfortable, was clear so we had great views of Rainer, Adams, and Hood.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Challenging with snow, bring shoe chains if the snow is not thawed out. Otherwise the best views from this side of the mountain.

hiking
5 months ago

Still a little snowy at the higher elevations, and Rangers recommended heading back down instead of completing the Skyline loop because of the conditions on the later parts of the trail. There definitely would have been some beautiful views, but we were unlucky and fog blocked it out. Still, it was a very nice (steep!) hike!

8 months ago

snowshoeing
10 months ago

We recently snowshoed from the trailhead at Paradise Lodge, what an amazing experience. The views of the mountain, Nisqually glacier, and the valley below were amazing. Absolutely a must do if you are in the area.

If interested follow the link below to see some of our footage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gJOJg-Seo4