Nisqually Vista Trail

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Nisqually Vista Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

0.9 miles
164 feet

kid friendly






wild flowers

no dogs

Beautiful views of Nisqually Glacier wth a short walk from Paradise VC.

28 days ago

Was great! Paved trail. Worth the trip just for the pics!! Excellent photo and selfie ops for the whole family. A definite must if casually passing through the park. Hardly any wildflowers yet but there will be soon. Carry sticks and possibly spikes if coming from visitor center area. Still snow on the trail and it’s melting and slippery.

29 days ago

Hiked this on 11 Jul. Great trail, paved and easy. Great views. Snow still covering the trail bring poles if you're a beginner just in case.

1 month ago

Hiked today at Paradise and chose this and others trails for the views, which were spectacular. Part of this trail is still covered in enough snow that it makes it difficult if you don’t have poles or the right boots. It was also a little icy in spots.

2 months ago

Stone steps just starting to break through the snow led to the beginning of the trail being somewhat treacherous and those with poles had a definite advantage. Once up on the trail, the packed snow was OK to walk on, but there are pockets of wetter softer snow that you can easily sink into and twist an ankle if you're not careful. Great views, and looking forward to returning in maybe a month or so when the snow should have departed and the flowers may have arrived.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Did it in 3min snow. Love It

6 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.

7 months ago

Simply beautiful!

9 months ago

Being from NY, with a little bit of hiking done in the upstate region, this trail was my introduction to Mount Rainier Park. It was perfect. Snow was covering the ground, so if you have micro spikes, it’s best if you bring them! The views of the mountain was breathtaking and it was good loop for beginners. Yay!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Easy paved trail with beautiful wild flowers!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Relatively easy. Trails is paved. Get some nice up close views of Rainier.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Went out on Father's Day and the trail was still covered with snow. Beautiful, east hike even snow covered!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Easy walk with amazing vistas. Great trail to venture around if you're short on time

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great view of the nisqually glacier. Have flyfished many miles of the nisqually river all the way down to the delta

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hiked with the kids in 2001. Best to see it early August. Also stayed the night at Paradise. Great memory.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

7/24/2016 (Sunday) - Cloudless sunny morning, lucky to find a parking place (last one) at around 10:00. The loop is paved, with a view of the whole mountain and blue sky. Other trails leading to place directions, including the Visitor Center that attracts most tourists. The meadow, and flowers are so pleasant. The loop is good for families with kids and elderlies.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Lovely walk, however it is a paved trail which I was not anticipating. As well as it is insanely busy, so show up very early, and prepared to walk, not hike. That being side this trail has lovely views and amazing viewpoints, a must do trail while at the park. It is not physically taxing nor is it time consuming.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

loved this trail! short and still enough up hill to get a decent work out with excellent views.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Lovely views of Mt Rainier!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Would be better with snowshoes, but still short enough of a hike to do with boots. On a clear day, this view of and closeness to Mt Rainier can't be beat! Great for families!

cross country skiing
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Even though the clouds were covering the top part of the mountain, it was still a majestic sight. Not as much snow as there should be because of the little snowfall over this past winter. Even the Nisqually River was below normal level. Still need good shoes to trek through the snow patches.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Happy 114th Birthday! I went on a snowshoe hike for the parks birthday in 2013.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We actually went snowshoeing there recently (it's open for snowshoeing in the winter months, so don't let the weather deter you). Even though some of the views were blocked by moody cloud cover, the trees were blanketed in snow and it was BEAUTIFUL. A winter wonderland straight out of a Thomas Kinkade painting. And the moody cloud cover actually made for some nice photogenic opportunities that are rarely seen. I highly recommend visiting during the snowy months if you have access to a vehicle that will get you there.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Amazing glacier shots. Saw a few black tail deer and some other wildlife.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Perfect view of Mountain Rainier. Short trail. A must do!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Short, easy spectacular! Can't find a better view of the mountain with Nisqually Glacier and moraine field. Third week of Aug. found the wildflowers in full bloom!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Nisqually Vista trail shows you the parts of Mount Ranier National Park that you see in books and on TV: alpine meadows, wildflowers, coniferous trees, glacial valleys, and the mountain itself. On a clear, sunny day like the day we hiked the trail, the views are absolutely beautiful. The mountain is awesome, and, when studying Avalanche Lillies up close or watching the Nisqually River flow out from underneath Nisqually Glacier, you can't help but wonder how something as destructive as a volcano could have created so much beauty.

The trail itself is paved and is relatively easy hiking. If you hike it in summer, watch out for the bees. Summer is about six weeks long on Mount Ranier, and the bees are working overtime!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

A veritable paradise of wildflower-covered meadows, rolling hills, and gurgling creeks, with a viewable glacier at the end of the loop -- who could ask for more? Well, I suppose I could. With less fog, I might actually have seen the glacier, but why nitpick.... :D

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