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5.3 mile 8.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,493' 455 m
Descent: -1,485' -453 m
High: 6,765' 2,062 m
Low: 5,451' 1,661 m


Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)


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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

Tom Robson

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.


This route starts and ends at the Paradise 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.


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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Apr 1, 2019
Richard Vogel
Jan 13, 2019
Ji-yeon Hong
Nov 23, 2018
Danka Majerechova
Nov 19, 2018
Mai Tran
Oct 21, 2018
Carrie Holloway
Oct 16, 2018
Dörthe Ge
All clear ... i took the high skyline trail from the panorama point:)
Oct 16, 2018
Rob Higbie
We cut through golden gate on the way back 4.3mi
Oct 16, 2018
Sophie Higbie
Amazing views. Beautiful weather. 5.3mi

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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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