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Skyline

 4.7 (47)

Length


5.3 Miles 8.6 Kilometers


1,493' 455 m

Ascent

-1,485' -453 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

6,765' 2,062 m

High

5,451' 1,661 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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A popular and easily accessible route, skirting the slopes of Mount Rainier and Paradise Glacier.

Tom Robson

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Check current trail conditions before starting this route. Early season trail use may be hazardous. Rest on benches or rocks. Please do not sit or walk on delicate subalpine plants.

Treat water before drinking. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails.

Overview

This route starts and ends at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, and is one of the more popular routes in the Paradise area.

As one might expect, the closer Skyline brings you to Mount Rainier, the better the views become. Especially if you're interested in getting up close and personal with Paradise Glacier.

Need to Know

Several sections of the park are designated as day use only. These areas have been closed to overnight camping due to previous resource damage caused by concentrations of people in areas too fragile to sustain such use. Paradise is a day use only area. Please stay only on the constructed trails and help minimize impact on this delicate environment. Current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers.

Description

The trailhead is located near the entrance to the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, marked by stone steps inscribed with a quote by John Muir.

Hiking the loop clockwise, the trail climbs 2 miles until reaching Panorama Point, where a toilet is provided for trail users. Past Panorama Point the trail begins its one mile descent to the junction with the Golden Gate Trail. Another 0.75 mile and the Skyline Trail reaches the Stevens-Van Trump Memorial and its junction with the Paradise Glacier Trail. From there it descends into the Paradise Valley, then climbs slightly to Myrtle Falls and finally back to Paradise.

For a shorter version of this loop, take the Golden Gate Trail back to Paradise.

Flora & Fauna

The trail offers stunning displays of subalpine wildflowers, a close-up look at Mount Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier, and, on a clear day, views of peaks as far south as Oregon's Mount Hood.

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Sep 8, 2018
Logan Shaver
5.8mi
Sep 5, 2018
Marc Schwartz
Sep 3, 2018
Kayla Moore
Sep 2, 2018
Bhavika Jalli
Sep 1, 2018
Stephen Reeves
Skyline via camp Muir and Upper Skyline with James, Madaline and John 8mi
Aug 31, 2018
David Schultz
Aug 27, 2018
Heather Elizabeth
Aug 27, 2018
Kevin Kuk

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  4.7 from 47 votes

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in Paradise

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in Paradise

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in Washington

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If your a lowlander like me, you need to factor in the altitude for difficulty. I'm a middle aged semi-couch potato and found it just do-able if I took my time to stop, take photos, and enjoy spectacular views! Bug spray for the horseflies is a good idea and lots of sun protection! August 18 was perfect for the flowers and minimal snow. Aug 19, 2016

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