Paradise Glacier Trail

Ashford, Washington

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A short day hike over a snowfield brings you to the foot of a small glacier. The ice caves that once drew many to this trail have melted with the general increase in global temperature. This means a less sensational hike, but it also means fewer passersby and the same spectacular view as before. The ice caves that once drew many to this trail have melted with the general increase in global temperature.This means a less sensational hike, but it also means fewer passersby and the same spectacular view as before. Start hiking along the Skyline Trail in the northwestern corner of the parking lot; the trailhead is well marked. Proceed to the right (east), counterclockwise along the loop. Many trails congest this area, but just follow the Skyline Trail signs east-bound and you will reach your destination.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

A short day hike over a snowfield brings you to the foot of a small glacier. The ice caves that once drew many to this trail have melted with the general increase in global temperature. This means a less sensational hike, but it also means fewer passersby and the same spectacular view as before.

The ice caves that once drew many to this trail have melted with the general increase in global temperature.This means a less sensational hike, but it also means fewer passersby and the same spectacular view as before.

Start hiking along the Skyline Trail in the northwestern corner of the parking lot; the trailhead is well marked. Proceed to the right (east), counterclockwise along the loop. Many trails congest this area, but just follow the Skyline Trail signs east-bound and you will reach your destination.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Mid-July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,400 feet
Local Contacts: Paradise Ranger Station, Jackson Visitor Center—Paradise
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier East; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Paradise Glacier Trail

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Apr 2018