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.
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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.
We have been on this trail multiple times and LOVE it! Always a different adventure. Never know what you'll see. We've even seen black bear and cubs! It's exciting.
Lots of people but it thins out as you climb. Wildflowers for days!
Hiked this trail only partially in June several summers ago. So many beautiful wildflowers.
Everything was socked in and you couldn't see more than 20ft in front of you at some points, it was also snowing for most of the hike. I will be returning next summer when it clears because the views have got to be amazing!
Rainier was socked in, but we still enjoyed the Panorama stop, saw marmots playing and a black bear foraging for food with her cub. Great park volunteers encouraged our hike pass by Edith Falls and noted the abundance of wild flowers along the at including the Pasque and Monkey flowers growing up. Breathtaking even with the overcast!
The most popular area of the park for good reason!