Paradise Glacier

Packwood, Washington

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This is 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. Start hiking along the Skyline Trail via the trailhead directly in front of the Paradise Inn. Proceed to the right (east), counterclockwise along the loop. Many trails congest this area, but just follow the Skyline Trail signs eastbound and you will reach your destination.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This is 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.

Start hiking along the Skyline Trail via the trailhead directly in front of the Paradise Inn. Proceed to the right (east), counterclockwise along the loop. Many trails congest this area, but just follow the Skyline Trail signs eastbound and you will reach your destination.

© 2012 Heidi Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: About 3 to 4 hours
Season: Mid-July through Sept
Local Contacts: Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, (360) 569-6571
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier East; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Paradise Glacier

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