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Enjoy stunning views of the Nisqually Glacier from this viewpoint.

Nisqually Glacier is perhaps the most visited and best-surveyed glacier on Mount Rainier. Due to easy access and its prominent location near Paradise, the glacier has been studied since the mid-1850s. In 1857, Lt. August Kautz crossed Nisqually Glacier during an attempt to climb the summit. In 1884, Allen Mason photographed the glacier for the first time, laying the foundation for a photographic record of the Nisqually Glacier that spans over a century. During the 1930s, Tacoma City Light Department and the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS) began a series of measurements of glacial surface elevation to determine the impact of the Nisqually Glacier's retreat on water supplies for hydroelectric power production. USGS and park scientists continue to regularly survey the glacier today.

Short Hike: Drive to Paradise and park at the lot to the south and west of the visitor center and main lot. Check out the Nis

Family Friendly: Access to the viewpoint is via an easy trail and the views are incredible!

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Brian Smith

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Jul 19, 2020
Jill W
Snow still in the trail! Captured beautiful reflection of mountain in Aaron's sunglasses!
Oct 27, 2019
Desiree Wilson
Jun 29, 2019
Phil Kwon
Jun 22, 2019
Krystle Street
Jun 15, 2019
Jim D
Feb 18, 2019
Amy B
Oct 11, 2018
Jeannie Carr
Oct 7, 2018
Falisity Adcock
Very foggy today! But it brought out the fall colors. There was little snow. Not slippery but slushy. Not too chilly but no views. We still enjoyed!

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