Paradise Glacier Trail
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Paradise Glacier Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
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Paradise Glacier Trail

Paradise Glacier Trail

Distance: 10.0mi
Elevation: 1,056ft
Time: 3.5-5h

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The Paradise Glacier Trail in Mount Rainier National Park is a moderately challenging 10.0mi out-and-back trail that allows you to fully appreciate one of Mount Rainier’s icy glaciers. This trail sees less traffic than others in the park, making it an ideal outing for adventurers who want a medium challenge, solid length, and fantastic views without the crowds.

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Getting there

To get to the trailhead for the Paradise Glacier Trail from the Nisqually entrance to the park, drive east on State Route 706 to the Narada Falls View Area parking lot.

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Paradise Glacier Trail Description

For standout glacier views and less traffic than the usual in Mount Rainier National Park, the Paradise Glacier Trail is the one. This moderately challenging 10.0mi trail gives you a perfect view of the southeastern face of Mount Rainier and the (you guessed it) Paradise Glacier.

The trail begins on the steps outside the Paradise Inn. Follow the signs for Myrtle Falls on the Skyline Trail initially. After the falls, stay right at the junction with the Golden Gate Trail. 1.8 miles past the junction, you’ll meet the Paradise Glacier spur trail.

Leave the Skyline Trail and head towards the moraine. You’ll pass a sign marking the end of the maintained trail- head past this and find your way as far as you comfortably can here. The trail peters off a bit at the site of some old ice caves, but if you’re adventurous, you can continue across the rock field to a small waterfall nearby.

After admiring the glacier views, retrace your steps to return. You can also make this a loop hike by taking the Skyline Trail to Paradise Point, which gives you views of Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and the Goat Rocks.



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