Alta Vista Trail
The Alta Vista Trail is a 1.8mi heavily trafficked trail in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park that offers stellar views of Mount Rainier without requiring any serious effort. This trail is family-friendly and easily connects to an array of other trails in the area. While parts of the trail are paved, roots and rougher sections may make strollers a challenge to bring.
To get to the trailhead for the Alta Vista Trail from the Nisqually entrance to the park, drive east on State Route 706 for 16.8mi to the Paradise Inn and park here.
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Alta Vista Trail
Alta Vista Trail Description
The Alta Vista Trail is a charming loop with fantastic views of Mount Rainier without requiring any serious distance or elevation gain. This trail is kid-friendly and easy to combine with other nearby trails in the Paradise area.
From the Paradise lot, head north on Skyline Trail, following signs for Alta Vista Trail. The trail heads directly north, climbing gently uphill. About halfway up, the trail dips down and descends. Continue through the trees as the trail begins to loop. The main viewpoint is on the east side of the loop, so you can either head there first or save it for last, but you’ll pass it either way.
You can extend your hike by exploring the Skyline Trail at one of the various intersections between the two trails, or you can simply complete your loop back at Paradise.
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