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    Skyline and Golden Gate Loop

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2.5-3.5h
    Distance
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    7.4 km
    Elevation
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    493 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Skyline and Golden Gate Loop trail is a 7.4 km moderately difficult trail in Mount Rainier National Park. This trail runs along Skyline to Glacier Vista, Upper Skyline, and Golden Gate. With expansive views to enjoy nearly the whole time, this is a great hike for those wanting maximum payoff without spending all day on the trail. Bring a map, as there are many intersecting trails on this loop.

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    Route Description for Skyline and Golden Gate Loop

    The Skyline to Golden Gate Loop is a wonderful outing that offers great views of Mount Rainier and the Paradise region of Mount Rainier National Park. We recommend bringing GPS or a map on this hike due to the number of intersecting trails. There is also relatively little shade, so bring lots of water.

    Begin in the Paradise visitors area, taking the Skyline Trail to the left of the restrooms. You can complete this loop either way, but we will describe it going clockwise. Take care to remain on Skyline through the first few intersections, eventually alongside Dead Horse Creek. At the Y-intersection with Glacier Vista, stay left to leave Skyline.

    Hike to Glacier Vista, then go right at the junction with Skyline Trail. Follow Skyline to Panorama Point and then continue on as it eventually switchbacks down to become Golden Gate Trail. Pass Myrtle Falls and then stay left as you approach Paradise once again.

    Getting to the Skyline and Golden Gate Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Skyline and Golden Gate Loop is located in the upper Paradise parking area off Longmire-to-Paradise Road to the left of the restrooms.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      July-October

    • Pets allowed

      No

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Loop

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