Panorama Point Skyline Loop Trail

MODERATE 161 reviews

Panorama Point Skyline Loop Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1791 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

snowshoeing

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

snow

no dogs

From the Nisqually entranceon Highway 706, 18 miles on Longmire-Paradise Road to the main Paradise Parking area. The trail starts to the west of the Paradise Ranger Station

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This is the same trail as Skyline Loop Trail, so I have repeated my review here. The only reason keeping me from giving this trail five stars is that Ranier was completely covered in fog that day. It was impossible to see the mountain from any angle along the trail. I was able to catch a glimpse of Nisqually glacier through the fog at one point, but overall my hike was dominated by marmots, grassy slopes, steep alpine sections up to the overlook at Panorama Point, and beautiful wildflower meadows with trickling streams and looming trees out of the fog. It was still so beautiful! From Panorama Point, I looked out at...nothing but fog! The sign describes all the mountain peaks you'll see from there, but that day, nothing was to be seen. It was also quite cold at the Point. Highly recommended hike but maybe when it isn't so foggy!

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Here's how the trail goes ...
You start off with a steep elevation gain literally straight uphill for about 1mile. After 1.5miles of hike you reach snow! If you are out in the noon of a clear sunny day(like today) then this snow should start melting creating slush and water puddles and black ice and a whole new level of challenge to 'not slip'... right about now you wish you brought trekking poles! About 1.7miles in you reach panorama point ... wow! Stunning views of St. Helens and Adams ... about 0.5m later is the high skyline view and it feels like you are way above the tip of all the mountains around! So high five yourself for that view.
Then you start walking downhill for the second half of this trail ... and you reach a point where you have the option of taking golden gate trail (myrtle falls) of 1.5m or continue on skyline 2.5m to reach Paradise point!
Well I took the GG trail and it did not disappoint, views of colorful meadows with the nisqually glacier view in the background.

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These inclines were tough for me, even though they are paved. You start climbing right away from the Visitor Center. I personally thought the stairs and rocks were easier than the steep inclines. It's a beautiful place! I'm looking forward to exploring more here!

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I didn't quite make it to the top of the loop because I got a late start, but I plan to go back soon and often. Beautiful views and great challenge for this southern girl whose mountain ranges look like foothills in comparison.

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Great views walking the clockwise direction. Soo many people on the trail. Especially on the beginning asphalt part. It starts thinning out as you climb higher.