Skyline Trail

Packwood, Washington 98361

Skyline Trail

Skyline Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Quite possibly the most popular hike in Mount Rainier National Park, the Skyline Trail is very well maintained and partly paved, and provides a close-up view of the Nisqually Glacier and an unmatched panoramic view at its nexus.

For good reason, more people visit Paradise than any other location on Mount Rainier. The views are spectacular, the services plentiful, and the trails many. Of all the trails in Paradise, Skyline is the most well known and frequently hiked. As you might guess by the name, the Skyline Trail goes above timberline into alpine terrain, with an awe-inspiring look at the Nisqually Glacier."

Skyline Trail Reviews

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Nice hike. Still has snow up at the lake on this hike. We went down to Bend Lake and discovered a great reflection photo opportunity of Mt.Rainier. This is better than Reflection Lake because the lake is small and there are not any ripples in the water, completely smooth. Where the maintained trail ends, you can continue on around the end of the lake and get great views of melting snow creeks.
Moderate day hike. There were not very many people on the trail mid week. The lake was clear blue and green. After the heat wave we had this week I took a dip in the FREEZING COLD alpine lake, took my breath away but it was worth it. Took less than 40 minutes each way. The bugs were a bit bad when we went so bring bug spray.

Skyline Trail Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
1,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
About 3 to 4 hours
Mid-July through Sept
Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, (360) 569-6571
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Rainier East; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018