Explore the most popular walking 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.

Beautiful trail with great overlooks. You cross several bridges and there are 2 stream crossings, so waterproof shoes would be helpful (although not required for those with good balance that can move from rock to rock). Depending on your preference, moving counter clockwise on the trail will result in a more gradual, but longer climb, while going clockwise results in a steeper grade for a shorter time. We went clockwise and I would probably do that direction again. We came in July and some of the trail was still snow covered, but doable with standard hiking equipment.

Solid trail; 9,11 & 13yr old were able to finish. Great views. Much better in the AM

Tough hike but amazing time out there. Bring a trash bag for the way down.

hiking
4 days ago

Had a great 5 hour hike. Beautiful views even with the smoke from the fires. Monday wasn’t so crowded. The wildflowers were awesome.

Awesome little trail, very blue and clear waterfall and creek. I recommend if you don't mind a little walk through the woods.

hiking
5 days ago

Love this hike. Came here during the peak of wildflower season & was mesmerized by all the vibrant colors. I’d recommend cutting to Moraine Trail (no crowds & best views) & Panorama Point if you have time.

Enjoyed the hike up Golden Gate Trail to connect back into Skyline loop and Panorama Point. The meadows were in bloom and we saw several marmots and squirrels on the way up. Remember to bring plenty of water while the sun is hot!

Great view! Beautiful trail.

This hike was beautiful!! Lots of flowers, little frogs butterflies. Majestic view of Mt. Rainer. One of my favorites!

on Skyline Loop Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Hike is great...app is incorrect. Not moderate hike!
W/C access...yes, straight up the paved trail...for a ways..rest is gravel. Beautiful

I hiked this yesterday and it was definitely beautiful. I never got tired of the views. Also, it is a short hike. The whole thing took about an hour and a half with lots of breaks.
I feel like the elevation listed here might be inaccurate because we had to take a lot of breaks and it felt steep. The way there is a little steep. However, I am pretty out of shape and it only took us 50 minutes to reach the lake.
The other issue was BUGS. The flies are miserable. When you are moving they are just a minor problem but as soon as we stopped to take a break they swarmed us. I didn't actually get bit by any, but I had to constantly swat at them. The mosquitos were pretty bad by the shady part of the lake as well.

Beautiful hike. Would love to go back and swim and be more prepared for the bugs. :)

10 days ago

One of our best hike, amazingly beautiful, love it.

One of my favorite hikes in mount Rainier during summer

Epic views & a good trail. I loved the alpine meadows and wildflowers everywhere. It’s a beautiful hike.

12 days ago

One of the best hikes in the park

I have been on a lot of pretty trails and this one was just plain hard. Lots of steps and tons of flys. The view was nice but you could not get to the lake like I thought you could. It was not long but took a while because of all the steps but if you stopped flys were all over you BAD. So if steps are hard for you this is not a good trail for you.

backpacking
12 days ago

great trail but was a rated as moderate is actually a strenuous hike according to the national parks society
Average time on this hike is 4 1/2 hours
Would recommend for a clear day can’t see anything in cloud cover
great wild life wouldn’t do without a lot of hiking experience and gear
Would recommend professional hiking gear because without it is quite dangerous

hiking
15 days ago

The best views of Rainier I’ve found, but in the heat of summer the bugs were out in force. You may need to reapply bug repellent and sunscreen. We met groups of all ages, but had plenty of trail time to ourselves as well. Definitely recommend trek poles for this hike, especially for people with bad knees.

hiking
15 days ago

This parking lot always seems to have space, but the trailhead is a bit confusing - go straight to start the loop. To the right is an unmarked spur trail that goes to a huge downed tree. This is a nice short hike if you’re arriving at the park at the end of the day or want to do one last thing before you leave. Even though it’s short, don’t forget to apply bug repellent in summer, or you’ll get bit like I did.

Awesome hike, doesn't get much better than this unless you do the summit. Bring garbage bags for glissading down, I did it without and spikes or poles by avoiding majority of the snow. My favorite hike so far!

hiking
15 days ago

Definitely a beautiful hike. You are able to get so close to Mt. Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier that it feels like you’re on it. The only issue is that on this app, the trail is rated as moderate, and at Mt. Rainier, they rate it as very strenuous. Moderate and VERY strenuous are two VERY different things in my opinion. I planned to hike this with my dad, almost 50 and with a bad knee, because it was “moderate”. Once we got there though, it was evident that it was harder than described, so we had to change trails. I’ve come across many trails like this on this app, where they’re rated way easier than they should be.. So be careful when selecting, and do your research. Otherwise, this trail is gorgeous.

Excellent hike. A lot of uphill on the way up but my kids did fine (8 and 10) and it was worth it for the views. Wildflowers all over and we saw a buck and marmot right off the trail. Go in the evening to see a beautiful sunset!

Beautiful views up and down, but definitely glad we did the Skyline loop clockwise as I believe this provided the best views of Mt. Rainier. We finished in 3 hours even with many stops for pictures, but can see where it may take others a lot longer because of the elevation gain in the first 2-2.5 miles. Some areas with snow and loose rocks can also cause a slow down. Loved it and would do it again!

hiking
17 days ago

An absolutely beautiful and well-maintained trail. It's generally an easy and forgiving hike on the way up to Glacier Basin campground until the last .5 miles or so (where it becomes significantly steeper). We hiked it twice: once in the morning, and once in the late afternoon. I definitely recommend hiking it sometime in the morning, as the lighting on Rainier was perfect and not overexposed as it was in the afternoon.

We spotted lots of wildlife on this trail as well - if you walk a little ways past Glacier Basin campground toward the scree fields, you're in prime marmot territory (we spotted two scurrying around on the rocks there).

Incredible view of the falls at the base with intermittent rainbows, cool mist, and steep decline. My 7 yo joined me, but would be too much for my 4 yo.

Beautiful! Wildflowers will probably be in full bloom in the next several days. Definitely arrive early for parking and fewer hikers. We did the loop counter clockwise and found the climb much more gradual.

This was a perfect day hike! Once you finish the trail it splits off into a few other trails if you feel like going further. There was a good amount of people but definitely not heavily trafficked. The bugs are vicious right now though so make sure you pack your sprays!

backpacking
19 days ago

Great hike, went early, nice breeze on the trail,

We did the hike yesterday, 7/27. We picked a sunny and clear day. We had hiking sticks, good shoes, and a bottle of, Off Deep Woods. It appears we survived the bugs without any bites. They were pretty annoying but could have been worse. I’m not an experienced hiker and I’m in average shape but I was able to do this hike. I am also scared of heights but managed as well. Nothing too scary. We did not encounter any snow on the actual trail. Lots of wildflowers along the trail. We also saw a marmots and ground squirrels at the top. The views are magnificent and worth every step to the top. We layed out a tarp and had lunch up there. On our way down we took a break and stuck our feet into the water trickling down one of the small waterfalls. It was harder going down. I highly recommend this hike.

Mt. Rainier rates this as moderate, I would say it is moderate short hike, with a lot of steep stairs and descending. If you have weak knees , trekking poles are a must. The lake views are amazing, lots of flys! I mean lots, the whole trail. We sprayed off deep woods 3 times and it really didn’t help.

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