Paradise Glacier Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Paradise Glacier Trail is a 4 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
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

cave

views

snow

no dogs

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.

hiking
10 days ago

Took the Fourth Crossing trail up to the Skyline trail, and from there took Skyline to the Paradise Glacier trail. Saw a bird but no one else on the Fourth Crossing trail, a nice change from the usual Paradise summer crowds. The Skyline trail was moderately trafficked, and we ran into a volunteer ranger heading in each direction. There’s a family of marmots with a couple babies at the monument just before the Paradise Glacier trail. The volcanic Glacier trail only had a few other people on it, and it makes a notable change from the usual Paradise scenery. It was a cloudy day with a rainstorm blowing in, so we only stayed at the end of trail marker long enough to have a snack. We only saw Mt Adams for a bit, but I’m sure you could see much more on a clear day. I’d recommend a wind breaker and trek poles for this one.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

hiking
9 months ago

Snow shoes & route finding needed, shortly after breaking away from the Skyline trail.
Well worth the effort & braving the whordes at Paradise. Once in the moraine, don’t forget to look to the south, for views if Mt St Helens & Adams!

snowshoeing
Thursday, April 06, 2017

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!

Monday, May 19, 2014

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

hiking
25 days ago

snowshoeing
1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

11 months ago

Monday, July 03, 2017

snowshoeing
Monday, May 19, 2014