Day Hike - Paradise Area Trails


Day Hike - Paradise Area Trails

Enjoy spectacular fall colors at Mt Rainier while we hike some lesser-traveled trails out of Paradise.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,400 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph, uphill hiking speed

9AM, Paradise Inn at the main entrance

The timing of this hike is to see the fall colors at their peak which has been this same week for the past two years. Hopefully, that will not have changed this year. We'll start by hiking down into Paradise Valley, then see the oft-photographed reflection in the lake and up to Mazama Ridge. After hiking out toward the Paradise Glacier, we'll re-join the Skyline Trail and head down the Golden Gate.  

Expect to see not only fall color, but also bears munching on berries. This is also the peak time to see bears - if you plan to photograph them, bring your telephoto lens.



  • 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

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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