Golden Gate (winter)

An easy to moderate 5 mile snowshoe trip, gaining 1,000 feet via 4th Crossing and Skyline Trails. Enjoy great views of Mount Rainier, the Paradise Area and the Tatoosh Range.

getting there

From SR 7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR 706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 19 miles to Paradise.

Winter drivers in the park are required to have snow chains, and may be required to install them at Longmire.

Snowshoe Route

From the southeast corner of the Mount Rainier Paradise parking lot, travel down the Paradise Valley road until the third creek crossing (0.6 mile).  After the third creek crossing, turn Northeast on 4th Crossing Trail and ascend for 0.25 to 0.5 mile. The trail will level out on a ridge. Turn east-northeast on the Skyline Trail and continue for 0.5 miles until past Sluiskin Falls and where the two creeks converge. Turn East on the Skyline Trail and continue for 0.6 miles until 6,400 ft. 

Information for LEADERS

The Paradise area is used by our branches to host snow field trips and is a generally popular winter exploration area. Please check other routes/places to ensure we don't have multiple Mountaineers groups going to the same area.

  • Difficulty: Easy+, Moderate
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • 6,400 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
    Mount Rainier Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Red Marker
    46.785757, -121.735607
    46.7857570587 -121.735607401
  • Red Marker
    46.798952, -121.722723
    46.7989523062 -121.722723133
 
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