Skyline Loop Trail

MODERATE 143 reviews

Skyline Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

no dogs

From Tacoma, south 40 miles on Highway 7 to Elbe. Turn east on Highway 706 and drive 10 miles to the Nisqually Entrance Station. Continue 18 miles to the National Park Inn at Paradise. The trailhead is behind the inn.

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14 days ago

I have hiked this trail too many times to count and it is still one of my favorites in MRNP. I camped at Cougar Rock Campground and drove up to paradise early in the morning and hopped on the trail from behind the INN. It was a beautiful day sunny blue skies. I saw lots of marmots on the way up, some who were just waiting for their pictures to be taken. Lots of people on the trail as it was a holiday weekend. I finished the trail and also went on the pebble Creek trail to Muir Snow Fields. I was heading back towards the INN around 1230 and it was extremely hot by this time. This hike is totally exposed to the sun. Bring water and a snack and electrolytes. I brought a water filter so I could filter water as I hiked which is a much better alternative to carrying too much heavy water. There are plenty of water sources on this hike. Take breaks and take time to enjoy the surroundings. Remember trail etiquette for on your way down, step off to the side and let the people that are going up keep their momentum. I ran into so many people who had no idea of this rule of thumb on a steep trail. Be courteous to other hikers and pick up trash if you see it. I have noticed that as more and more people come out on the trails there is more and more trash left behind by people who don't care. Follow the LNT (leave no trace) rules. Happy Hiking ;)

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14 days ago

Got to the trail about 9:45 AM and traffic was starting to pick up. Still wasn't too bad considering it was Labor Day. Trails were very well maintained. Could get away with low top hiking shoes or even tennis shoes. The hardest part of the trail was right at the beginning and it was actually a portion that it paved. Just straight up to the main portion of the trail. There is a bit more of an incline during the actual unpaved portion but it is relatively easy. A majority of the trail has no shade which made it a hot afternoon.

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16 days ago

Trail was well kept and offered stunning views around every turn. Was the perfect distance and difficulty for young, inexperienced hikers like us, and I would recommend this to anyone that just had one day to hike Rainier National Park like what we had.

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24 days ago

Best to check trail conditions before starting out on this one. Due to high elevation of hike, sections may still have snow. Gorgeous views and lots of marmot activity. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen and plenty of water as there is no cover.

25 days ago

one of my favorite hikes ever.

25 days ago

Absolutely great hike. Full of great views. A good challenge but not too difficult. Had great wether and clear skies!

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25 days ago

We loved this hike. We had a clear day with blue skies and few clouds. The views were spectacular. We did the hike clockwise, which seemed to be best as the views all the way up to High Skyline were phenomenal. The crowds weren't bad at all and people were friendly. We loved seeing snow as we live in Florida now and don't really care to see it in any other fashion. I'm so happy we had this experience!

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29 days ago

View of Rainier through clouds is completely worth it

29 days ago

amazing views. friendly people. fun to hike through snow in august.

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1 month ago