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Results List

74 Hikes
Skyline Trail Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(66 votes)
The Skyline Trail is the main route for hiking out of Paradise, Mount Rainier’s south side hub and most popular destination, providing visitors a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Washington’s grandest mountain. Even before the historic Paradise Inn was constructed in 1916, the Paradise valley has long been one of the state’s most beloved hiking destinations because of its southern exposure, giving it a longer season than its north side counterpart, Sunrise. In peak season (July and August) your trip along the Skyline Trail will be filled with views of cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers and subalpine meadows brimming with colorful splashes of lupines, mountain heather, scarlet paintbrush, cascade asters and bistort.
 
 
Comet Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4875.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(42 votes)
Follow a tumbling, churning, whitewater creek upstream as it thunders through a narrow gorge of glacier-polished rock on your way to a waterfall that drops 301 feet in a single plunge. Admire numerous small waterfalls and cascades and two significant ones, all in less than two miles. This is the Comet Falls trail.
 
 
Longmire to Cougar Rock Campground

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
When the snow flies at Rainier, its your chance to explore a section of the Wonderland in a new way. This section of the Wonderland Trail, leaving from Longmire and heading to Cougar Rock Campground, offers a relatively safe moderate snowshoeing experience, and a nice summertime loop, too!
 
 
Myrtle Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A good, short destination just outside of the main Paradise visitors area, Myrtle Falls is a beauty.
 
 
Gobblers Knob

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2565 ft.
Highest Point: 5485.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
A clear, sparkling lake, up-close views of Mount Rainier, and a historic fire lookout await you on the Gobblers Knob Trail. This route is an eastern approach to the lookout via Westside Road.
 
 
Kautz Creek to Indian Henry's Hunting Ground

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5335.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(14 votes)
While the hunting grounds here hold their fair share of human history, the Kautz Creek drainage that hold the trail leading to the hunting grounds has an even more extensive background -- one that's eons old, rather than generations. Witness the way volcanic activity has affected this area and appreciate the awesome power of Rainier up close.
 
 
Rampart Ridge Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(22 votes)
This short loop out of Longmire makes for a great, quick way to get some elevation gain, some forest views, and a fantastic vista of Mount Rainier, all in less than five miles!
 
 
Denman Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A little-known, yet spectacular waterfall, Denman Falls offers a relatively easy hike to it, if you can bear the 7.25 mile approach.
 
 
Paradise Glacier

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 9000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
This trail takes hikers out of the maze of trails at Paradise and up onto one of the many glaciers on Washington's most iconic mountains.
 
 
Paradise

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
25.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 10080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
Paradise provides a gateway to Washington's most iconic mountain, trails to get your heart pumping or just stretch your legs, and in winter, fantastic snowshoe and skiing opportunities for people of all ages.
 
 
Deadhorse Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 5820.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(6 votes)
This trail offers a more intimate view of the Nisqually Glacier valley, and connects to the Moraine Trail from the Paradise parking area.
 
 
Glacier Vista Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 6330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Glacier Vista snowshoe is a shorter alternative to Panorama Point snowshoe. With 2.5 miles round trip with only 900 feet elevation gain, it is an easy snowshoeing outing with great views of snow-capped mountains.
 
 
South Puyallup to Klapatche

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
18.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
South Puyallup to Klapatche is a scenic section along the western portion of the Wonderland Trail.
 
 
Longmire to Reflection Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3890.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
Leaving from the main parking lot in Longmire, hikers can travel a section of the Wonderland Trail to reach Reflections Lakes — passing by several viewpoints an a waterfall along the way.
 
 
St. Andrews Park - St. Andrews Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4650 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
St. Andrews Lake is a lovely high country lake along the Wonderland Trail that can be reached via the Westside Road.
 
 
South Puyallup Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Known as the South Puyallup Trail, this access point to the Wonderland Trail is a connector 1.7 miles long that wends its way through a mature forest with trees ranging between 100 to 1000 years old. The variety of ecosystems make this hike an alluring one: visitors start in the lower elevations, surrounded by western redcedar, Douglas fir, yew and western hemlock. But as you climb, you'll see Pacific silver fir, western white pine, noble fir, and the rare Alaska yellow cedar.
 
 
Glacier View

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(21 votes)
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706
Climb a ridge to a rocky promontory nine miles due west of Tahoma’s summit and experience multi-volcano, jaw-dropping views under clear conditions. Glacier View’s short but moderately intense route is ideal for lovers of huckleberries, wildflowers, old growth forest, mushrooms, fauna, and lakes.
 
 
Panorama Point Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 7070.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
The route to Panorama Point in the snow can vary depending on how much snow is on the mountain, and how many other visitors have tromped a path up the hillside. One thing is certain -- you'll want to consult the Paradise Green Trails map No. 270S, which includes both summer and snowshoe routes for the area.
 
 
High Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 
Rampart Ridge Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
A moderately-challenging snowshoe route in Mount Rainier National Park with some avalanche danger in times of heavy snow. Check the avalanche reports before heading out.
 
 
Camp Muir

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4640 ft.
Highest Point: 10080.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(44 votes)
Enter rarefied air as you climb halfway up the most popular route to the summit of Mount Rainier. This is Camp Muir, a perch higher than the summits of nearly all mountains in the state. In addition to commanding views of the South Cascades, catch a glimpse of both the history of the park and the dramatic landscape of Rainier’s upper reaches.
 
 
Reflection and Louise Lakes Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 560 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The trek to Reflection and Louise Lakes is a quintessential Mount Rainier snowshoeing experience -- the bright, flat expanse of snow and ice covered mountain lakes, subalpine meadows that offer opportunities for romping, stupendous views of The Mountain and the Tatoosh Range, and the south end of the Mazama Ridge beckoning you to follow.
 
 
Mazama Ridge Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
Mazama Ridge at Mount Rainier's Paradise area offers an especially scenic intermediate-level snowshoe route in the midst of snow-covered alpine meadows.
 
 
Mount Beljica

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1056 ft.
Highest Point: 5469.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
3/8/2021 - Trailhead Inaccessible: Forest Road 59 is washed out shortly after the turn from Highway 706.
Mount Beljica is just outside the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park, so you can bring your dog and still experience a well-kept trail leading to astounding views of Washington's tallest mountain.
 
 
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.06 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Snow Bowl, High Hut, and the Yurt are all accessible for a summer hike or bike in addition to the winter snowshoe and ski. Depending on conditions and logging trucks, the upper parking lot may be open, shaving off at nearly a mile or more each way of this hike.
 
 
High Hut

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1660 ft.
Highest Point: 4760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
High Hut is the highlight of the Mount Tahoma Trail System. From the warmth of a cozy alpine hut, enjoy some of the best views in the southern Cascades.
 
 
Nisqually Vista Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
Follow the trails here to views of Mount Rainier's rocky Nisqually River valley and the much-receded Nisqually Glacier.
 
 
Narada Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
If you’ve been to Mount Rainier’s Paradise, you may be familiar with Narada Falls, and the short hike down to its popular viewpoint. But are you aware of the other trails this short hike connects to? Do you wonder what ‘Narada’ means? Read on to find out.
 
 
Narada Falls to Reflection Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(14 votes)
Hiking the trail between the Narada Falls viewpoint and Reflection Lakes is pleasant enough. But you can extend the route into a loop featuring an unobstructed view of the Tatoosh Range from a rocky bluff, and an up-close experience of the awe-inspiring whitewater cascades of the Paradise River.
 
 
Mount Wow

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Followed the remnants of old logging road to the end, then head up the southwest ridge of Mt. Wow toward peak 5614, for incredible views of Mount Rainier. Class 2 or 3, climbing experience and equipment strongly recommended.