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Upper Skyline

Intermediate/Difficult

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0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 273' 83 m
Descent: -254' -78 m
High: 7,040' 2,146 m
Low: 6,767' 2,063 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

Reaching the spectacular Panorama Point viewpoint truly gives the sense of a high alpine adventure

Megan W

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The Upper Skyline Trail is a useful alternative if the normal Skyline route is too steep or snowy for safe travel. Using the Upper Skyline Trail adds about 250 feet of ascent and descent but avoids a long snowfield crossing. From the junction with the Skyline Trail, head north and uphill over a rocky patch of ground. Clamber over steep terrain which eventually levels out upon turning west and crossing a few small snowy patches. Reach another rocky crest near where the Pebble Creek Spur provides access to the Pebble Creek Trail. Pass these by and continue south and downhill towards Panorama Point and the terminus of the Upper Skyline Trail where it rejoins Skyline.

Take some time to soak in the superb views from Panorama Point. These huge vistas encompass Paradise Valley, the jagged Tatoosh Range, Mount Adams, Mount Saint Helens and even Oregon's Mt. Hood.

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Sep 12, 2019
Cody Hendrix
One of my favorite hikes for sure. But do it counter clockwise
Sep 3, 2019
J Cham
Aug 18, 2019
Andrew Ryan
Aug 9, 2019
Connor White
Briefly took the Upper Skyline to head back to the Camp Muir trail. Great views and a well-made trail! 0.5mi
Aug 4, 2019
Garrett Jedlicki
Aug 2, 2019
Rheagan Timmerman
Aug 1, 2019
Amy H
2h 45m
Jul 10, 2019
Sungyeal Kim
0.7mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 8 votes

#3

in Paradise

#5447

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  4.5 from 8 votes
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#3

in Paradise

#233

in Washington

#5,447

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The view looking out from Mount Rainier on the Upper Skyline Trail.
Mar 15, 2020 near Greenwater, WA
Mount Rainier
Sep 11, 2019 near Greenwater, WA
The group from below was working their way to the ice field crossing on Lower Skyline, learning how to use their ice axes, etc. There was a slight bottleneck at the crossing due to under-prepared hikers.
Dec 22, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
View of Mount Rainier from the Upper Skyline Trail.
Jul 31, 2019 near Greenwater, WA
Hiker looking out from Panorama Point while cresting the Skyline Trail. Mount St. Helens looms in the distance.
Dec 22, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Nearing the top of Skyline Trail.
Dec 16, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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