Day Hike - Paradise Area


Day Hike - Paradise Area

With a route that minimizes human interactions, we will hike some of the less traveled trails of Paradise, the Moraine Trail out to its great view of the Nisqually river and glacier, the Dead Horse Creek Trail, and we'll go up the Paradise Glacier trail and bootpath to see the snow fields carved by the melt water that feeds Stevens Creek.

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,500 ft
  • Pace: 1.75-2 MPH when moving, with plenty of time for photos, etc.

7:30 at the Fourth Crossing trailhead, it is less than a mile past the Paradise Visitor Center.  Google calls it the Mazama Ridge trailhead, here is a link

Here is our route, we will travel clockwise going by the busy areas early in the morning and minimize our time on the Skyline:

This is a photo album included with someone's trip report, at the end of the album you can see the snow carvings we will see on the Paradise Glacier bootpath.

And here is a link to a hike I took along our route on 9-2-20

All participants will be required to have a face covering and hand sanitizer and  will be asked to be familiar with and follow the Mountaineers Covid-19 guidelines for phase 2 on this trip.



  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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