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Panorama Point Loop via Skyline Trail

13 reviews #7 hike out of 275 in
5.6 mi
Distance
2 hrs 34 min
Time
terrain
1,611 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate-difficult loop trail to Panorama Point in Mount Rainier National Park. Also known as Skyline Loop trail. This roughly 5.5 mile loop trail begins and ends with continuous amazing views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and the Cascades. Take in the beautiful mountain foliage, flowers, fresh air. The first 1/2 mile is steep, but push on. Follow the trail up (you pass junctions for Glacier Basin and Dead Horse Creek - save for another hike!) and continue up the stone stair case. This area gives a great photo spot for Mount Rainier. Once at Panorama Point take a seat and pull out your snacks and just admire the views of the mountains around you. Be careful of the squirrels, they'll take the food right out of your hand or steal from you bags. Harmless creatures, but don't encourage their behavior. Panorama Point offers the most unique pit toilet, I encourage you to at least step inside! The trail begins it's downward loop after this with a few gains along the way. You'll come across a few waterfalls along the way and wildflowers patches.

Hiking clockwise gets the brunt of the gain out of the way first, whereas hiking counterclockwise is a more gradual gain.

This trail goes by Myrtle Falls Viewpoint, Myrtle Falls, Sluiskin Falls, and Glacier Vista.

Getting Started

National Park Pass required. Paradise can get very busy in the summer (any day of the week) and busy on the weekends during the rest of the year. It is recommended to start early in the day to avoid crowds and ensure parking. Bathrooms available at the parking lot as well as a visitor's center.

Taking Children

Moderate-difficult hike, I recommend taking the counterclockwise route if having children hike along with you.



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Bruce Robie 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Mt Rainier-#beatcancer hike-19aug2023
Got together with my hiking amigos and climbed up close to that hill in our backyard. Two of these studs are recent cancer survivors. I was humbled to be in their presence and listen to their survivor stories. Extremely perspective enhancing. Back at the trail head my GOV phone lit up with messaging about evacuations due to the wildfires across state. We could smell and taste the smokey effects. Don't let time take away your coulda, shouldas. Take time to task and accomplish those been there, done thats - while you still can. “I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but I wanna have my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames”~Jim Morrison
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robert.arora 11 years, 7 months ago
Mt. Rainier High Skyline Trail
Great hike with lots of elevation and a BLAST to run down (there was tons of great snow to run in). Thought it would be tough to trail-run in the snow, but it was awesome. Take sunscreen! The entire climb is out in the open, and the run in the snow completely crispy-fried us! Note: this trail is BUSY. The first mile or so is on tarmac paths, so it's not that enjoyable until you hit the dirt. From the high skyline trail peak you can see Camp Muir, so take some binoculars - it's pretty cool.
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Sarah.davis815 3 years, 6 months ago
Track (8/29/20, 5:29:33AM)
Should have left earlier. Just barely missed the sunrise. Very challenging uphill before panorama point. Beautiful plants. Will do again
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