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blue Skyline Trail

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Trail

5.3 mile 8.6 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

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

Grade

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.

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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 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.

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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Jul 11, 2019
Sungyeal Kim
10, 11, 12일 5.3mi
Jul 10, 2019
Mengying Wang
6mi — 4h 00m
Jun 27, 2019
Cathy M.
hiked Skyline to Pebble Creek and back. Lots of snow on upper Skyline Trail. This app shows Muir Snowfield Trail in the rocks instead of in the mid…
May 30, 2019
Courtney E
So beautiful — Mt Rainier this close up is awe inspiring. I can't believe my dad climbed it! Had a great day here.
Apr 1, 2019
Richard Vogel
Jan 13, 2019
Ji-yeon Hong
5mi
Nov 23, 2018
Danka Majerechova
Nov 19, 2018
Mai Tran

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  4.8 from 59 votes

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