Glacier View

Ashford, Washington 98304

Glacier View

Glacier View Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail stays just outside Mount Rainier National Park, meaning it’s one of the few trails with expansive Rainier views that can be enjoyed by dogs. The highlights of the trek are the outstanding views east to the glaciers that cover the west flank of the big volcano.

The trail is relatively flat and open, though at times the tread is rough and brushy—maintenance of the trail is a once-in-a-while occurrence. Fortunately, the path is easy to follow and offers wonderfully unique views of Mount Rainier—few people get to see the west face of the mountain from this close."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
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"This trail stays just outside Mount Rainier National Park, but the highlights of the trek are the outstanding views east to the glaciers that cover the west flank of the big volcano. The trail is relatively flat and open, though at times the tread is rough and brushy—maintenance of the trail is a once-in-a-while occurrence. Fortunately, the path is easy to follow and offers a wonderfully unique view of Mount Rainier. Few people get to see the west face of the mountain from this close. Since the trail is completely outside the park, dogs are welcome on it." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"The hike to the glorious views from this former lookout site offers a superb treat for children and families. Begin with a gradual ascent through meadows, flower fields, and rock gardens ornamented with constantly changing flower species and the songs of birds. Follow a long path through trees before coming out into the open and the views. At the top, Mount Rainier is breathtaking. Glacier View indeed! Children will understand why Native Americans called it The Mountain That Was God." Read more
Snowshoe Routes: Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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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." Read more
"This hike has it all: a challenging yet relatively easy trail through a pristine and isolated wilderness with meadows, mountains, and an alpine lake. The high-altitude, close-up view of Mt. Rainier alone is worth the drive up the primitive road to the trailhead. The trail does not require climbing, scrambling, or any dangerous maneuvers; nonetheless, you’ll be glad you’re prepared with trekking poles, boots with good treads, and plenty of water." Read more

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7/12/2010
I would not consider this a great trail for kids. The elevation combined with the elevation gain had my kids who hike with me a lot breathing hard quickly. The trail is also full of ruts, roots, and rocks. At one point on the trail, it is about 18 inches wide with a very steep incline on the downhill side. The edges are of the trail are also very loose, I myself had a foot go over the edge. The description also discusses the meadows and rock gardens, though the trail head is in a barren parking lot that enters right into the trees. The drive up to it is no recommended in a standard car as the put holes and ruts have easily be a foot deep. The view was incredible, even though the mountain was mostly obscured, but don't believe this to be "moderate for children."
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Trail Information

Ashford
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
June through October
Season
Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier West No. 269
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Dec 2018