Paradise Glacier Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Paradise Glacier Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1197 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

cave

views

snow

From the Nisqually entranceon Highway 706, 18 miles on Longmire-Paradise Road to the main Paradise Parking area. Continue east through the parking lot and drive downhill on the Paradise Valley Road for 0.75 miles and unsigned parking area on the right. The Fourth Crossing trailhead is across the road.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Spectacular day on Mt. Rainier. The road up to Paradise was icy in spots but not enough to need chains. Lots of people for a week day, parking lot 3/4 full when I arrived and continuing to fill.

I decided to hike the Skyline trail counter-clockwise so headed down the road and up to Mazama Ridge via the 4th Crossing trail. Met only two other groups of snowshoers and wondered where all the people went when I saw how many little black dots were on the Muir snowfield. Looked like a line of little black ants.

Near the junction to Paradise Glacier I ran into a couple who suggested avoiding the trail on up to Panorama Point because of the copious cornices. Sounded like sound advice so I headed on up the Paradise Glacier trail, turning around just past where the end of the maintained trail would be if you could see it.

Gorgeous views in every direction. Sun, sun, sun! Don't forget sunscreen and sunglasses!

snowshoeing
Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Great snowshoe trail. Great views of Mt. rainier and glaciers.