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Skyline Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until October.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,788 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

Note: This route is rated moderate-hard. Trail loops around broad Edith Creek basin, leading through alpine flower meadows, past thundering waterfalls, and over high, craggy peaks. In this one loop you'll experience the best paradise region has to offer. Users recommend going counter clockwise.

A National Parks Pass is required to enter the park

Mount Rainier National Park Longmire Wilderness Information Center Tahoma Woods, Star Route Ashford, WA 98304 Tel: 360.569.4453

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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Gabriela Rodrigues
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Dhiya G.
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Tessa Allen
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HikingSnow

Forgot to start at the beginning. Really made our own way but a truly FANTASTIC hike

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Sasha Aleksandrovich
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Great views but one part trail is fully covered with snow

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Christopher Berg
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East side is entirely snowed out from paradise to panorama. 90% snow on west route. Absolutely bring spikes and trek poles, loop is not for anyone unfamiliar with land nav.

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Christina Mason
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I went in early July of 2020 and this trail is completely blown out. As soon as you get to the trail head behind the inn there is about 2 ft of snow covering the trail. About a quarter MI in the whole trail is blown out and it is unsafe to cross unless you have spikes and poles. I only had poles and the trip down was very steep if I had fallen. Also the Ranger warned me before I went in that there had been "many search and rescues on this trail recently". I wouldn't attempt until August. Also for those who don't know you will pay $30 to get into the park if you don't have a pass.

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Yoav Alpizar
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lillian t
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would definitely recommend doing this hike later in the year when it’s warmer BUT a fun hike nevertheless. if you’re hiking now, bring snow/waterproof pants so you’re able to slide your way down the snow covered hills!

Mara Nuyens
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Matthew Black
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Sarah Mitchell
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It was a beautiful view but trail totally covered in snow. Went clockwise around and used the map downloaded to find our way down. There hadn’t been many recent hikers on the second half of the trail so we pretty much made our own trail. We didn’t have footprints to follow. We had micro spikes which were a necessity.

Levi Cobb
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trail is open, but no real trail. lots and lots of deep snow. the whole thing is covered. bring sunglasses and sunscreen on the account of the snow reflecting onto you and giving bad sunburns. bring boots, spikes and or poles to help. if you're not use to some kind of hiking or fitness, it'll be hard with the snow.

Dillon Kelly
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Charissa Peterson
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