Glacier Vista

Elbe, Washington

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Paradise. Close your eyes, and whisper the name. The image that pops into the minds of most folks will be white sand beaches and warm blue waters. But for some of us, Paradise is best served cold. Rather than white sand, we see undulating drifts of cold white snow. Rather than warm blue waters, we see deep sapphire ice. Palm trees are replaced with dark green alpine firs. Paradise, to us, is the alpine landscape of Mount Rainier. Snowshoers can experience this wintery wonderland at the aptly named Paradise meadows of Mount Rainier National Park.
Snowshoe Routes: Washington

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Paradise. Close your eyes, and whisper the name. The image that pops into the minds of most folks will be white sand beaches and warm blue waters. But for some of us, Paradise is best served cold. Rather than white sand, we see undulating drifts of cold white snow. Rather than warm blue waters, we see deep sapphire ice. Palm trees are replaced with dark green alpine firs. Paradise, to us, is the alpine landscape of Mount Rainier. Snowshoers can experience this wintery wonderland at the aptly named Paradise meadows of Mount Rainier National Park.

© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Elbe
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: December through early May
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails: Mount Rainier East No. 270, Paradise No. 270S
Driving Directions: Directions to Glacier Vista

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