Day Hike - Paradise Area Trails


Day Hike - Paradise Area Trails

“Possibly the most flowery place in the world,” reads the caption for the photo Bob Gibbons took on Mazama Ridge near Paradise, in his book “Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World". Starting at Reflections Lakes we'll take the Lakes Trail up and through Mazama Ridge, to the end of the Paradise Glacier Trail, up to Panorama Point via the upper Skyline Trail, we'll descend via the Golden Gate, Skyline, and Lakes trails.

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0, no maximum

8:00 AM at the trailhead, east parking lot at Reflection Lakes, I'll send out specifics on exactly where and directions. 

There will probably be some snow to cross, nothing with sidehills or drops. If you are very uncomfortable on snow, you might want to bring traction. 


Paradise (summer)

  • 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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