Nisqually Vista Trail

Ashford, Washington 98304

Nisqually Vista Trail

Nisqually Vista Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This short hike travels through beautiful forest overlooking the Nisqually Glacier. This is a great hike for kids and adults alike. The trail takes you through beautiful forested areas and wonderful meadows to an overlook of the Nisqually Glacier.

The Nisqually Vista Trail is a self-guiding trail, but the National Park Service offers a guided tour of this hike in summer and leads snowshoe walks throughout winter. Inquire at the Jackson Visitor Center for more information. It is downhill all the way to the lookout and then uphill back to the parking lot, but both gradients are gradual."

Nisqually Vista Trail Reviews

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I'm not a fan of hiking on paved trails but this was quite nice. Lots of wildflowers, little streams and then an impressive view of the Nisqually glacier and origins of the Nisqually river. The trials closest to the Paradise visitor/lodging area can be quite crowded. Early morning is best as by the afternoon the trails are quite crowded.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Early July to September
5,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,400 feet
Top Elevation
Paradise Ranger Station, Jackson Visitor Center—Paradise
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Rainier East; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Local Maps

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Jul 2018