Explore the most popular hiking trails near Paradise Inn with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We did this trail early October and I highly advise ice spikes. Initial ascent is a burner but levels out a bit with a gradual climb on ice and snow. Fun and somewhat strenuous hike with great panoramas along the way. Highly recommend.

Such a great little trail. I definitely recommend wering off and visiting bench lake. We were able to see a perfect reflection of Mount Rainier in the lake. We also saw 2 black bears and a lot of moose tracks around snow lake. Would definitely recommend.

Unbelievably fun hike. The Muir snow field is unrelenting though. Muir Camp always seems just over the next hill and then it gets twice as far away when you crest the hill! Total time ROUND TRIP was 6 hours, not sure how it takes most people 5 hours one way. I stopped to film a ton of photos and videos, plus an hour of relaxing in the sunshine at Muir Camp, and it still only took from 1:45pm to 7:45pm to complete. Amazing hike that now makes me want to do the final 4000’ to the summit next summer!

One of my favorite hikes! Amazing reward for little work. Views all the way up are incredible and if you are lucky enough to have a really clear day, you can see Mount Adams and Mount Hood from the top! The trail is pretty rocky so good shoes are recommended, but the incline is not bad at all. No snow on the trail as of 10/14 but it was definitely cold so be prepared.

Nice little trail, dotted with meadows & views of Rainier. The “faraway rock” overlook alone, makes this hike worthwhile. This trail is manageable for children 8+.

A fantastic hike on the best of weather days. This is a moderate hike and not hard by any means. Just take your time - allow a good 3 hours which allows for tons of photographic moments and rest. A hike like this shouldn’t be rushed anyways. There are no cliff crossings or dangerous places. Nothing to hold on to or stress about! No knife edge ridge lines or uncomfortable moments.

The only drawback are the crowds of people you face coming up from the clockwise trail. I recommend going counter clockwise so you have more time to yourself and it slows you to face the mountain as you ascend.

With that said...the mountain can change in an instant. Watching people ascend unprepared for the elements was frustrating.

We added onto the hike by following the Skyline Trail to the right .9 miles in. So instead of following the herd straight up...go counter clockwise and enjoy the snowfield and more real estate without the crowds!!

nice view all the way to the peak. Luckily see a black bear at the 15 minutes walk.

So so gorgeous ! But if you hate incline almost 97% of the way than this will not be your best friend lol but it’s so worth it and peaceful at the top! Beautiful sunny day!

9/29/18
Such a great time of year to see all the beautiful autumn foliage! The kids (10, 14) & I really enjoyed this one.

Amazing fall colors in late September! The colors right near the visitor center were some of the most photogenic. As you ascend the trail, it's a good idea to turn around from time to time to see stellar views down to the river and across to the Tatoosh Range and Mount Adams on a clear day! We'd recommend taking the Skyline Loop clockwise with a detour to Glacier Vista. The hike up is pretty straightforward with good views of the mountain head on. Near the top, we saw a mountain goat next to a snowfield! The views from the trail beat out the views from Panorama Point, in my opinion. The footing starts out rocky on the descent before you hit the treeline but it's fine afterwards. We saw a couple of marmots on the way down. The second half of the trail also has some of the best photo opportunities with the mountain rising over a forest of bright colors. Be sure to stay on trail even if it gets crowded! Just take a pause to admire the view. :) We finished our loop in about 3:15 including lots of time for pictures. Check out nearby Reflection Lakes and Narada Falls on your drive out for more amazing scenery!

This was an awesome hike up icy slopes, with beautiful views of slow fields, glacial peaks, and alpine waterfalls. The trail was extremely wet on our counter-clockwise descent. Can’t wait to try the trail again in the spring! Pray for clear skies so you can see Mt. Rainier in all her glory!

Amazing day hike! Crevasse is pretty easy to spot, but definitely keep an eye out (hikers right going up, left going down). Took about 7 hours - we kept a solid pace, but needed a few stops on the last mile and spend about 20 mins at the camp.

I think this might be the most beautiful place on earth! The trail is a bit strenuous in places with slick or muddy footing where ice or snow remain. Above the panoramic point the trail is quite narrow and requires holding on to the rock face very briefly. There are waterfalls and noisy rivers, marmots and chipmunks and hawks. We were warned about black bears but we didn’t see any. There are dozens of trails in this park ranging from easy to difficult/strenuous. Pick one appropriate for you and prepare to be surprised by beauty!

Sunny day; autumn colors; brilliant blue sky; could not have been better. Clear views of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier (of course) and Mt. Hood from Plummer Peak. So much nicer hiking here rather than the rat race at Paradise.

Hiked this trail to Bench Lake At the end of September. Absolutely stunning!! We had a beautiful day so the fall colors just popped. There are some decent climbs along the way but the trail is well maintained with built in steps. Our four year old loved it as it was interesting and challenging enough to keep him moving but not so over the top that he gave up. Highly recommend taking the spur trail down to the shore of bench lake-it is a bit of a “scramble” but again, the four year old did it and I had a baby in a frame carrier and made it just fine. About half way down the spur trail it forks-the trail to the right is a bit easier but both do end up on the shore.

hiking
16 days ago

This was an absolutely stunning hike! We happened to go right as the autumn color was peaking. Wow! The added bonus is that you hike to a glacier. It can’t get much better than that. :-)

My friend and I did it yesterday! Gorgeous weather and yes it is a very strenuous hike. Watch out the crevasse and take you micro spikes!

Strenuous day hike best started early. Temp changes pretty drastically halfway to base camp. Brought microspikes which helped some, may as well use them if you got. Did not use poles. Such rapid elevation change that I needed more frequent stops towards the end. Great views, but once you get about a mile from the camp you’re just trucking over snow at a high altitude. Nonetheless, I’d do it again. You can hear the glaciers break apart in loud booms and it’s pretty phenomenal.

walking
17 days ago

Great little path! We got to the park late in the afternoon and wanted to do something easy/quick, yet get some cool sights of Mount Rainier. This was a super easy, paved path that had such vivid flowers/trees changing colors for fall, and awesome views of the mountain towards the middle.

Beautiful fall colors and lots of opportunities for pictures. There are a lot of stair-like steps from 12-24+ inches both up and both directions. We were glad we brought our hiking poles. No bugs and light traffic in a Friday.

Hiked this trail September 20th, 2018. Easy trail with great Washington Scenery. I got there very early about 6:30-7am and there was a lot of fog. Ran into lots of doe and had to step off the paved trail to allow 2 bucks to walk by me. If you are there early watch out for the mule deer because they blend right in. I turned a corner and there was a buck about 4 feet from me right on the side of the trail. The fogginess prevented me from getting any good views at the overlooks so try to go for a clear day. I was passing through so I thought I would stop and hike for a few hours

TLDR: we fell through the ice into a crevasse.

My boyfriend and I are avid hikers and wanted to do this trail when visiting rainier. We did a lot of research, and even though we knew it could be a dangerous hike, we were mostly warned on changing weather conditions and whiteouts. It was a beautiful day today - record breaking, not a cloud in the sky. We were almost at Muir (which is a very strenuous hike, if we made it to the top it might have been worth it), when POOF, through the earth i fell. No warnings, no holes in the ground, just walking on snow and next thing I know I’m in a glacier way over my head. My boyfriend tried to get me out and then he fell in too. After some struggle, getting soaked by the freezing ice, and getting stuck deeper in the hole, we finally got out. Thank god I had a sat phone and we called for help as I was I injured. On the way down the mountain, the guide fell in another crevasse in a totally different location!! We had never even heard of these and here we were. There was even a warning sign before the snowfield that mentioned whiteouts and weather changes but no mention of crevasses. So, while Rainier is beautiful, and the hike might be good for people with snowshoes or skis, BE CAREFUL. we could have died today.

This trail isn't getting the love it deserves! Went in late June on a partly cloudy today. The views from the top were stunning, especially once the clouds around Rainier cleared. You could see Mt. Hood in the distance if you looked really close as well as Mt. St. Helens. Easily assessable just past the Pinnacle Saddle, but is a bit of a scramble at the top. If you go in June there is still enough snow at the top to slide back down the summit to near the saddle!

walking
22 days ago

Very nice short walk down a very well marked path.

Phenomenal day...lucky with weather...walk quietly and you may see wildlife. We were up close with deer, grouse, mountain goats, and chipmunks too.

We hiked this on 9/12 and I absolutely loved this one. Didn’t see anyone else on our hike so was nice to be alone. Just got partial views of the top of Rainier with the overcast weather. Some blue skies came through but never revealed the entire mountain so I could only imagine how much more amazing this could have been. We did get some views though and as we stopped at the visitors center afterward they said they hadn’t had any view of the mountain all day. I agree with previous reviews hiking poles definitely helped as there is quite a bit of elevation and lots of rocks on your path.

Very pretty area. We enjoyed this hike a lot.

hiking
1 month ago

We attended to reach Camp Muir, Mt Rainier on August 26th, 2018 from from the base at Paradise at 5400’. We started on the Skyline trail around 9:00 am and went via Panorama Point and all the way to Pebble Creek Trail. The views of the mountain are just amazing. The hike was snow free until we reached above 7200’. On the way we met one of the volunteer rangers who un warned that thunderstorms may be coming in late afternoon. We continue our hike on the snow a little late in the day and we made it all the way to above 8500’. At this point was already passed 3:00pm and we decided to turn back. It’s a considered a strenuous hike, but doing it is way harder than that. I’ll be back to finish this hike soon! Manny

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