Alta Vista and Panorama Point Trail

Ashford, Washington

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Take your pick. Walk a short but steep paved trail to Alta Vista overlooking Paradise Valley. Or continue on a steep rugged trail to Panorama Point and a magnificent view of Mount Rainier. A network of paved trails leaves from the visitors center. Climb the cement steps and follow the trail through the meadows. Children can look back at the Tatoosh Range from this perspective to compare it with later views. Pass the first trail for Alta Vista at about ½ mile; it is extremely steep. The meadows are a flower lover’s paradise. The number of varieties of flowers that bloom here during the season runs into the hundreds.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Take your pick. Walk a short but steep paved trail to Alta Vista overlooking Paradise Valley. Or continue on a steep rugged trail to Panorama Point and a magnificent view of Mount Rainier.

A network of paved trails leaves from the visitors center. Climb the cement steps and follow the trail through the meadows. Children can look back at the Tatoosh Range from this perspective to compare it with later views. Pass the first trail for Alta Vista at about ½ mile; it is extremely steep. The meadows are a flower lover’s paradise. The number of varieties of flowers that bloom here during the season runs into the hundreds.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,940 feet
Top Elevation: 6,440 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Rainier West
Driving Directions: Directions to Alta Vista and Panorama Point Trail

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