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Handy but strenuous shortcut for reaching the upper part of Skyline Trail and some great viewpoints.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

6,386' 1,947 m

High

5,620' 1,713 m

Low

766' 234 m

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15%

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43%

Max Grade (23°)

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Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Less snow to contend with from August to September.

Description

The Golden Gate Trail is a good option for those who want to gain elevation quickly and cut off part some mileage of the Skyline Trail. This being said, the Golden Gate Trail still has its share of wonderful wildflower-covered meadows and amazing views.

The Golden Gate Trail starts at a junction with the Skyline Trail just beyond Myrtle Falls, and slightly uphill of the footbridge. The Golden Gate Trail starts gently but quickly steepens as it climbs the valley forming Edith Creek basin. Depending on the season, you'll likely cross snowfields interspersed with meadows full of wildflowers. Ascend the looming headwall using a series of steep switchbacks. The upper cascades of Edith Creek provide additional interest on this last uphill push.

The Golden Gate Trail ends at a T-intersection with the Skyline Trail. The best panoramic views are just a little bit further uphill on the Skyline Trail, but not as far as the official Panorama Point (another 1.5 miles away). On a clear day, you can see the Nisqually Glacier, Rainier, the jagged Tatoosh Peaks, and even Mt Adams.

Flora & Fauna

Marmots, chipmunks, mountain goats, deer and black bear. Lilies, paintbrush, lupine, yarrow.

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Megan W

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in Paradise

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Mount Rainier
Sep 11, 2019 near Greenwater, WA
Mount Rainier and Edith Creek
Jul 23, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Mount Rainier and flowing water
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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