Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Mount Rainier National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Incredibly amazing place to take your kids and learn about old-growth forests - land of 1000 yr old giants! We definitely will be back again soon. Just inside the park!

on Skookum Flats Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Loved it. Worth the effort to climb the rock scramble to see the waterfall.

This is a great hike for kids and beginners such as myself. Easy, yet beautiful. The trees are astonishing!

I spent many Saturdays on this hike in the summer of 2017. This is a very peaceful and beautiful hike. We had a range of ages and experience levels with us and will for sure be back!

hiking
8 days ago

Nice short hike to some different viewing spots of Narada Falls, quite impressive! Fun to sit on the wall and have someone walk around and take a photo. Crystal clear water is beautiful. Recommend a short stop, it can get crowded.

It is amazing what a month of snowmelt can do. We have done this twice, in July 2005 and again in June 2010, and the whole meadow changes and bursts forth with flowers in July... the snow is really cool to hike on too. Myrtle Falls as a backdrop is the perfect family photo op. I highly recommend the whole Paradise area, as it is breathtaking. Since this is a short trail, you should really do the whole Skyline Loop and go on up to Pebble Creek too. Enjoy!

My favorite trail is very beautiful.

Fun family hike with a few steep steps.

hiking
1 month ago

parked at the Buck Creek trail head. NW Forest Pass required. Trailhead clearly marked however it leads to you Ranger Creek Airstrip and then there's no direction. Turn right and walk down the road until you see a sign that says trail for hiking and biking. Snow and ice still on trail. we used microspikes no problem. Trail has recently been cleared of downed trees. if you don't want to climb (where the sign says falls) just go over the bridge and you can get a great view. next time I would take two cars and leave one at each end. beautiful trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very icy. Very very icy. We ran into hikers on there way down and they informed us it was icy all the way up. We kept moving forward but we came to a point where it was just constant ice, we weren’t getting much traction and we weren’t getting very far... so we sadly turned back. We’ll try again in a couple of weeks. It has great potential but the ice was out of control.

Hiked in the spring with wild flowers blooming. Gorgeous and easy to navigate

This was an amazing hike ! Had a little bit of everything you would want to see ... views of the river were so peaceful and the true reward was the falls

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely waterfalls in a pleasant forest setting. If you are short on time, you can also park your car on the side of the WA123 and take a connecting trail from there to make this into an even shorter there-and-back hike that doesn't take more than half an hour or so.

hiking
3 months ago

A short and pleasant enough walk that can be coupled with a return via the Sunrise Campground Trail or Sourdough Ridge Trail. The section to the lake doesn't offer as much in terms of views as other hikes around though, and if you have the time, I would encourage you to take a longer one. Wish we had the time to do that when we visited. That said,

Did it in thick snow

Did it in 3min snow. Love It

hiking
3 months ago

hiked it a little while back. Thought I'd make it to reflection lake from the entrance of the trail. The bridge was washed out so I had to turn back. Overall the trail was pretty nice.

hiking
3 months ago

A pleasant enough walk with some nice views, perfect if you only have an hour or so. If you have more time, definitely head out onto one of the longer hikes though.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a perfect trail to get out on with family as it is an easier hike if you don't do the rock scramble! We went in January and there was a light dusting of snow and the falls were still flowing and looked quite magical. Lots of downed trees but trail is well maintained and most have been cleared from the trail. There are several small bridges to cross as well, the view of falls is through the low brush but you can rock scramble closer for better views. Trail head parking was clear but in the past few weeks it had been icy so be prepared with your vehicles in Winter.

I loved all the information this hike had. It was super easy and a nice break from the car.

this hike was kind of flat in some area. The falls were gorgeous to clim to.

A convenient trail connecting the Reflection Lake (and the start of the Pinnacle Saddle trail) with the Narada Falls. Not much of a hike in itself, more of a walk through a pleasant forest with a river but definitely preferable to driving between the two points. That said, there isn't that much between the Falls and the Lake, so don't expect any spectacular views along the way. Both the Falls and the Lake are definitely worth a visit though!

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is in great shape, and it's not that steep. It is also accessible during the winter. The doggie and I thoroughly enjoyed the hike.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday on a clear day. Lots of snow pack. LOTS of people. The views at the top are absolutely breathtaking.At this time of year it is actually not possible to hike the skyline Trail because it is completely snowed in, and there are a lot of drifts and bowls preventing reasonable navigation over all of the snow. However there is an alternative trail that everyone seems to be using that initially follows the skyline loop for 2.2 miles that takes you through Panoramic Point, then about a mile beyond that. It is all summit and all descent. There is one area about 2 miles in that is very steep, going up is challenging but doable. Going down glissading is the only option. Not for the faint of heart. Saw one guy hit his head, saw many uncontrolled slides. Must have snow shoes, waterproof pants and poles are a plus. If you ski, skis are a big fat plus for the way down

hiking
4 months ago

Simply beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike down, and then straight back up for return trip. The trail can get crowded, but overall it's worth it as the falls are beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice fairly easy hike to Sheep Lake, with beautiful views along the way.

Highly recommend. Great way to see a lot of the varied beauty of Mt Rainier NP in a very short easy hike.

Did this today, absolutely spectacular views! Totally clear day, could see all the mountains. Snow was good. Went straight up and it was definitely challenging but coming down was easy. Just be careful of sliding.

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