Paradise Glacier Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain303ft
Trailhead Elevation6,032ft
Top6,287ft
Elevation Min/Max6032/6287ft
Elevation Start/End6032/6032ft

Paradise Glacier Trail

Paradise Glacier Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 6,032 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 303 feet. This trail connects with the following: Skyline Trail.

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano
"Late July and early August are the best times to experience the Paradise flower trails. These are popular trails, and you will encounter many hikers and tourists when flowers are at their peak. You may also encounter climbers coming or going from Mount Rainier. You can get by without a map as most of these trails are short and trail junctions are signed with mileages. However, if you are a first-time visitor, it is easier to navigate these trails if you’ve got a map (you can pick up a free trail map inside the park). The trails begin from Paradise, near the Paradise Ranger Station and Guide House, a historic structure currently under rehabilitation. When it comes to flowers, timing is everything; you can call Mount Rainier National Park ahead of time to see when the flowers are at their peak. Conditions change from year to year—sometimes these subalpine meadows will still be under snow until late summer."
Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset
"This route begins on the paved Skyline Trail turns onto an unmaintained trail and ends in a snowfield at the foot of a small glacier, which has retreated drastically from the days its terminus nearly reached the trail and visitors explored its ice caves. 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 views as before."
Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset
"A short day hike that begins on the paved Skyline Trail turns onto an unmaintained trail and ends in a snowfield at the foot of a small glacier, which has retreated greatly from the days its terminus nearly reached the trail and visitors explored its ice caves. 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."
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Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, (360) 569-6571
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