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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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Sep 15, 2017
Paul Tijsen
Aug 14, 2017
Diana Rypkema
Pretty and easy hike. Mountain looked like a smiley face.
Jul 22, 2017
Cheryl Chow
Jul 6, 2017
Caitlin McCreery
Jun 19, 2017
Caleb Goss
Apr 4, 2017
Robert Rulison
nice first hike on hardpacked snow. calm and 37
Mar 18, 2017
Sheri Carter
Sep 30, 2016
Dennis Sarroza
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