Moraine Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
#79 of 105 trails in

Moraine Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
541 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

great views of the former glaciated valley, modern glacial terminus and Tahoma (Rainier) -- go early or late in the day to avoid the sun backlighting the giant pile of rock and ice

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Made this hike in late July. A little gem suggested by a ranger. Wild flowers were as beautiful as the view of Rainier. Go as far as you can. It can definitely be tricky. The end of trail you can stand on the edge of a precipice. A great way to get away from all the heavy traffic at Paradise center for awhile.

hiking
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ok . .Ok . Ok. . I will do the right thing and review my little diamond . . Moraine Trail. Nobody ever goes here . . This year I saw a mt goat and a deer. . . The unmaintained section goes on for at least a mile . . I would highly recommend going as far as you can . . If you want quiet, animals and great views this is it

Friday, July 24, 2015

This trail was recommended to us by a lady at the information center. She mentioned that it was highly under-rated, and we we did not come across any other hikers on this trail. At first the unsaved section doesn't seem that hard, but then you are trying to find footholds on steep sections that may or may not be stable. I took one spill at a particularly steep section, but otherwise was fine if I was extra mindful of the footing. The view of the Nisqually glacier is incredible, and it was really neat driving over the Nisqually river later and seeing how far up we had been.

I do not think that this trail is moderate at all. You do not need any extra equipment and it does not take terribly long, but there were a few points when I considered hanging back and letting my husband get to the end on his own.