Paradise Inn to Panorama Point-Snow Hike is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April.
Hike from Paradise Inn to Panorama Point on the slopes of Mt Rainier when the trail is covered in snow. Want to get a small taste of Mt Rainier Mountainering easily done in just a few hours (perhaps even finish before breakfast)? Follow this route from Paradise Inn up to Panorama Point on the slopes of Mt Rainier.
You would think there were trails in late June, but in 2010 snow was heavy and Paradise still had a base of about 10 feet of snow. Undaunted, with no visible trails, we had been here before and knew where Panorama Point was and knew where Pebble Creek was, so set off straight uphill in the snow! We saw others doing the same and some even were trekking up with skis and snowboards on their backs (great idea btw). The blue sky and bright white snow really made the scenery pop and hiking in snow is a great cardio workout. And when you start getting hot, you have a snowball fight or roll around in the snow. If you plant your feet going up and heel down coming down, the snow gives you some great footing. We really enjoyed it and had a blast. Try it in early June when you can get to the Paradise parking area.
Did this in early June. Followed the Skyline trail most of the way but made to just below the point because the snow was soft, unstable, and overused to make it any further. The views were amazing and you can see some other mountains in the distance, maybe Mount St. Helens. Go early so the snow is still firm.
anything on Rainer is a good time go explore highly recommend this hike