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The snow made this an even better hike

this is a very nice trail. climbed it yesterday and its got a great view.

Some of the best views I've ever witnessed. The view when you have Mount Rainier to your back around Panorama Point is the best view on the trail but there's also a beautiful waterfall. Highly recommended!

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26 days ago

My wife and I drove from Olympic NP in the morning (after spending the week there) to do this hike before catching the red eye out of SEA and we are so glad we did. Amazing scenery with lots of wildlife (we counted 17 marmots) and wildflowers (past peak but there we still some stragglers). Since it was later in the afternoon it was actually pretty quiet and secluded once you got away from the crowds at the visitor center. One of our favorite hikes of the week.

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1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail. I went with a large group of CrossFit folks. The ones leading were pretty competitive, so the pace wasn’t great. I’ll set the pace next time and try it clockwise for something different. Also doing it in October, you miss the beautiful wildflowers.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail because original planned trail Tolmie was closed. You basically walk hike through a forest, so there is not really a view. But this it was nice to do a nice 5 miles hike on a Sunday.

Nice trail, well packed. Not the best trail out there but a good quick hike when the roads closed up further.

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1 month ago

Hike with fantastic and unbeatable views - Rainer, to the south (Cascades, Adams), waterfalls. Didn’t the hike in 2.5 hours, with a bit of time spent on photos. Went through 0.5L of water. Plan on 1L at least. Very doable in a short period of time. Colors are past peak, but still quite nice. Only about 10 cars at Paradise when I arrived at 9am (Monday)

I was not in shape to do this hike, but I'm glad I did. Spectacular views of Mt. St. Helens!

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1 month ago

Loved this hike! If you go clockwise, you’ll start with a pretty brutal climb that pays in beautiful Rainier views early on. Lots of stairs and rocky ground after the pavement is done so recommend good boots.

Lower Skyline across the snow field has a VERY steep decline. We made it across but wished we’d had ice cleats or something as we slid on the hill a bunch.

Last mile has fall colors to die for and waterfalls galore! If you’re not up for the full loop, recommend going counterclockwise to see the colors!

9/29/18
Such a great time of year to see all the beautiful autumn foliage! The kids (10, 14) & I really enjoyed this one.

2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Take the side trail to Myrtle Falls, and be sure to download directions for offline use ahead of time. No service, and the park is huge and easy to get turned around in.

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2 months ago

Beautiful! The reports were confusing to me on clockwise vs counter clockwise so Ill share with you that if you start out going up the John Muir quote stairs you are walking up mostly a paved incline for a good portion of the initial ascent. If you turn right as you face the mountain from the visitor center and go up toward the lodge and waterfall, not only are those the best fall colors if you’re cheating and only going a mile in, but you will also encounter far more rock stairs going this route (counter clockwise). Personally, I wish I had gone counter clockwise because the steps down were brutal on the knees and the paved incline would have been easier. That tip aside - I saw a mama bear munching berries, an avalanche, marmots, friendly birds and chipmunks and SUCH BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS it was like being in a painting.

Great hike.
A long day, close to 18 miles, plus distance for a few nice side hikes.
Amazing autumn colours high up in the hills. We saw bears, goats, hawks, deer. Not too bad.

2 months ago

Beautiful fall hike. Incredible colors right now!

I love this place. It blew my Arizona dwelling mind.

My experience was 5 stars, with cool weather in the low 60s, no clouds blocking Mt Rainier and total seclusion for the last 4+ Miles (we didn’t see or hear a single person). With worse weather or larger crowds, it would probably be a 4. The switchbacks through heavy forest cover are repetitive and take over an hour, but the payoff view of Mount Rainier is absolutely worth it. Skip the first viewpoint. Moderate difficulty is about right. No sketchy areas, just a long climb.

This is a fun, relatively easy hike. We went to the "real" Madcap falls which is not really on the trail. Some folks say its just around the bend from Carter and there is another falls around the bend, but according to the quads Madcap is another 1/2 mile up. So we turned around at about the 2 mile mark. The path is generally easy, wide, and maintained. We did wonder about the wooden pipe that runs along the trail part of the way, other than the fact that it is a hand built wooden pipe that travels easily a mile... What is its history?

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2 months ago

My daughter and I hiked this trail yesterday plus we added on the Paradise Glacier Trail, which adds another 1.5 miles. I am a 67 year old active woman, and though I went down slowly, I had no problems. We went clockwise, doing the steepest paved section first, and I am very glad we did to make it easier on my knees. We had perfect weather. The 7+ miles took us about 5 hours, with lots of photo stops, snack stop and lunch stop. If you can walk, you can do this trail, just take your time and enjoy the beauty!

2 months ago

Beautiful fall hike w fall colors. No view of MR due to heavy fog at higher elevation. Saw 44 marmots in 1st 4 mi. Did this hike counterclockwise which was suggested. The 1st half was beautiful. It got a little dicey up top, less marked and rocky, steep as we crossed over the highpoint of our hike. Good glacier views.
Would do again!

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2 months ago

Hiked this trail with my boyfriend and parents. Absolutely STUNNING! One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. I have been to Mt. Rainier National Park twice. The first time was in June and it was so foggy that I actually never ended up seeing the mountain (and I visited the visitor center at Paradise). The second time was this past August and it was a beautiful, clear day. My boyfriend and I live in the North Georgia mountains and we have some experience hiking, whereas my parents don’t have much. We were all able to successfully hike this trail right at 4 hours (with a stop to go to the bathroom as well as a stop for lunch). It definitely is strenuous, but doable. Not doable for anyone who cannot do steep inclines and/or declines. We got to the parking lot at around 8:45 and there were still plenty of parking spaces, however there were none when we got off the trail around 1.

I would highly suggest attempting this trail if you visit Mount Rainier. Simply breathtaking!

One of the best backpacking trips I've done! Hiked this Labor Day weekend with a small group of friends. Absolutely wonderful trail with a wide sample of what Rainier has to offer. We camped at Eagle Crest 1st night and Ipsut Pass the 2nd. You get views of the mountain ahead of you this way rather than behind.
Hard enough that my legs were sore the next few days but still very manageable! Would have loved to spend a 3rd night on this trail to linger around Spray Park more!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is great because it comes with a lot of wildlife! I saw a bunch of marmots and chipmunks everywhere. Super amazing views of rainier as you hike towards it and away through green meadows. Highly recommend for the first hike if your going to paradise

on Skyline Trail

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2 months ago

Great hike, great panorama.

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2 months ago

Great hike! Hard to beat the views of Rainier. Crowds were pretty intense, especially on west side of the loop, otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.

Killer burn to the top. Beautiful the whole way down. Easy to follow signs and great quality trail.

Amazing

Ran the trail CCW. Started in the trees and worked up to a gradual ascent towards spray park. Beautiful alpine meadows and views of Mt. Rainier. The trail takes a steeper decent down to carbon river where it flattens out for a bit. The last 5 miles on the way back to Mowich were tough and steep.

Amazing! Great workout

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