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Paradise Glacier Caves via Skyline Trail Spur

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Mount Rainier National Park

Paradise Glacier Caves via Skyline Trail Spur is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from July until October.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 1,269 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

Backcountry tour of Mazama Ridge and the base of Paradise Glacier on Mount Rainier.

Mt. Rainier Entrance Fee

Paradise Ranger Station Tel: 360.569.2211 ext. 2314

Essential back-country touring gear. Beacons, snow shovel and probe, plus the ten essentials. Best done during the spring when the snow is deep and consolidated. The best skiing on Mazama Ridge is in mid-winter or early spring.

From the Nisqually entranceon Highway 706, 18 miles on Longmire-Paradise Road to the main Paradise Parking area. Trail starts at the Skyline Trail trailhead next to the Paradise Inn. If Paradise parking area is full look for parking at the Fourth Crossing trailhead, see Upper Paradise Valley

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Cocko Perez
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Joe Suligoy
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MARCUS CARDENAS
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I haven't done a hike in a longtime. This was my first in 2018. Beautiful meadows, marmonts running about, and a quick change to an Alien landscape. I'm out of shape by about 30 pounds, and parts were quite strenuous, but worth it.

Kristine Brager
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The view is amazing!!

Mike Waas
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Might be my favorite place in the world!

Adam Black
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Snowshoeing

It's very fun to go when Paradise opens for the first time of the season, lots of snow and plenty of great views underneath the shadow of Rainier.

Todd Aagard
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This is where the Paradise Ice Caves used to be. It's a a moonscape. The Paradise Glacier has receded a great deal over the years. 3/4 of this trail is on the moraine of the Paradise Glacier. For me, great experience . . . But it is a one and done. Trial is in good shape . . Few people take this spur off the skyline trail.

Todd Rossi
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Hiking

Almost perfect day! Got a late start but it all worked out. Upper 70's to low 80's. A bit of haze made St Helen's just visible. Mt Adams also out but a bit hazy. Fair amount of traffic on the Skyline Trail getting up to the Van Trump monument. After the turn up the trail, we were almost completely alone. Two groups of climbers on the snow fields learning roped ascent and descent. A light breeze made it almost perfect. Even our 7 and 9 year olds made it.

Nikita N.
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Cool trail with beautiful views.

Keith Miller
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Aisha Abdinur
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Chloe Young
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Michael Toman
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Jola Bicki
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Gevan Marrs
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Don Skaug
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Jiayi Ren
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Bryan Ostdiek
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Bonnie Roberts Yates
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Abbie Kietzer
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De Condos
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Ewa K.
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Stephanie Schutt
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mark hadland
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Laila A.
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Jimmy Stone
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Shane Risley
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