Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Fun trail. Challenging for beginners but I had fun keeping up with my kids. There is a waterfall past snow lake at the very end of the trail.

My first ever Real hike


3 days ago

Spectacular one of the most beautiful trails I have ever done. There was still huge snow drifts so we could have used poles and better footwear for sure but we made it through. Given the snow covering lots of parts of the trail we ended up going closer to 7 miles to finish the loop. There are lots of offshoots so we probably took some false turns as well. The views are incredible the whole time. Lots of marmots and chipmunks on the trail as well. Beautiful waterfalls and glaciers as well.

Went June 2018. We arrived at Paradise with all paths covered in several feet of snow. This definitely made the hike through Sunrise much more difficult. The All Trails Pro app was a lifesaver as we needed GPS to safely navigate the path as they were snow covered and not well marked. The cloud cover was pretty intense so visibility was only about 20 feet for a good part of the hike.
In terms of materials needed, hiking sticks, micro spikes or snowshoes a must and a Camelback and snacks. Bring a trashbag for the decent!! It is the amazingly fun way to get down the mountain. Dress in layers because the temp changes as you move up the mountain but you'll be sweating from the work.
It is not an easy hike but the views are amazing. Not a lot of traffic, but enough to encourage you to keep going.
We did it in a day hike but if you can stay the night at camp Muir so you can relax a bit and just enjoy the peace at the top of the mountain.

Trail was a great challenge, unfortunately bad weather brought my hike to an end.

Great hike for a 4 year old even though the bridges were washed out from winter and about 1/3 of the loop was covered in snow. The snow patches were always short enough we could find our way to the trail on the other side, and kept my son entertained and motivated.

Breathtaking! Still snow on parts of the trails, but walkable. Look for the marmots; cute and social.

6 days ago

Trail is well maintained except for a few places where waterbars would keep runoff from eroding the trail. Otherwise it is wide enough in many places for side by side hiking. In many areas the trail is single track and trail etiquette should be followed for uphill hikers and groups of mountaineers. The end of the maintained trail has several campsites and a toilet. Happy Trails! "Rock Hopper"

This was a delightful hike; did it on a Sunday and it was not very busy. We took a right at the end on the wonderland trail for about .25 miles for an amazing close up of Mt. Rainier. There is still some muddy spots in the first mile of the trail. Flowers are blooming. Managed the full hike with a group of 12 hikers at various competency levels.

7 days ago

If you haven't done this hike before---youre missing out! I completed this today (07/07/18) along with a short offshoot trail called Emmons morraine trail that offered a beautiful view of an aqua blue lake as well as the Emmons glacier.

Please note that All trails is way off on the elevation gain. The ranger verified that it's approximately 1700' of elevation gain and 7 miles round-trip.
The trail is in excellent condition and currently snow free!

Hiked July 2,2018- took us about six hours with a forty five minute break at the top. Weather was not ideal with most of the trip being in white out conditions but with the snowfield well tracked and the trail markers relatively easy to find, we were able to follow the trail relatively easily. Would recommend to bring a GPS as a backup just in case. Worth every bit of the hard work for the views. Stopped along the way and saw some marmots. Pro tip- Utilize the glissades to help get down the mountain but don’t get carried away and go in the wrong direction, have a lot of fun!

I did it as a day hike this morning and it took me 3 hours to get to the campground. Beautiful views and there is so mucha snow. I like to avoid the crowds so started hiking around 6:00 am.

Always such a thrill to be on Mt Rainier. . Always a long day from Mill Creek, WA. By the time you stop for this and that and ohhhhh pizza sounds good . . 14 hour day. But always so worth it! It’s one of my favorite day hikes in Washington State. Trail is almost snow free to the top of Alta Vista. “Route n snow” is about as perfect as you will get going to Muir. Multiple glisade chutes on the way down. . Not concerned with “times” anymore . . Buttttt I think it was a personal best at 1:37 on the way down. Wild flowers will be in full bloom on 7/20/18 in the Paradise area.

9 days ago

My family went up on July 2nd. We’ve completed this hike several times before but never in the snow. We were lucky enough to see a couple marmots. It was a lot of fun but would’ve been better with microspikes .

Best hiking trip I have ever had. Love the snow wish I lived where it snowed! Definitely recommend because even though I wasn’t prepared for it we almost made it to camp Muir about 500 feet higher than we were and about 2 more hours of walking. So we went back down but I had so much fun and this hike inspired me to do more and get this app.

Busy hike for Fourth of July, but the views are worth it! The road in is in pretty good shape, the first mile is by far the worst, pot hole wise. No snow on the road at all.

The first mile up to lake Eleanor is pretty muddy, with a couple trees that have fallen across the main trail.

Wildlife wise, the bugs were out in force. My group didn’t see any bears, but multiple other groups reported seeing one or two bears across the trail.

The wild flowers in the upper meadow are just starting to bloom and will be in full bloom in around a week!

beautiful and challenging.

Loved the changing vegetation and terrain. The end view was amazing. The only down part was walking back. Great is for kids and adults alike. Amazing views.

13 days ago

Incredible alpine scenery!

13 days ago

Hiked this a few weekends ago. Trail was packed with melting snow at the higher elevation. Trekking poles and water resistant boots recommended, but still manageable without them. You get nice views of the mountain on the way up. Round trip took about 6 hours since I had lunch and hung around at the basin camp before coming back down.

Hiked on 6/30/18. Easy for all ages. Some short snow covered areas near snow lake but easily traversed with normal shoes and the help of some poles.

Absolutely stunning!

Went with REI this past Saturday. Had three breaks every hour or so to catch our breath. Weather turned out perfect at the top with a view above the clouds. Glissade chutes down were well appreciated. This mountain hike is no joke.

This hike is a hidden gem for sure; I recommend any and everyone to check it out at least once to get a true sense of Washington's beauty. About 1 mile-1.5 miles from the trailhead, which starts on the side of the road and is easy to miss, you'll reach Lake Eleanor which is a dope little alpine lake with awesome green/blue coloration. From there you hike up to the first meadow which is super beautiful and breathtaking with tons of flowers, a pond, and Mt Rainier poking out above the trees. From there you keep pushing a little uphill through some intermittent snowfields but they are easy to navigate. You finally arrive at the huge meadow area where Mt Rainier can be seen as you wind through the area for a solid 30-45 minutes. This is a really awesome hike with an almost nonexistant difficulty level for the rewarding views you are treated with.

amazing trail. bench lake access is kinda lame... but snow lake was beautiful and you can get right up to the lake to chill in multiple areas without overgrowth. went on 25 june and still a good bit of snow in spots of the trail

21 days ago

Gorgeous. Go in the back way.

This shady walk in the woods features a waterfall at the base. We passed only one other party. Very nice.

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