Panorama Point

Panorama Point is a strenuous, 5 mile round-trip snowshoe with 1,300 ft in elevation gain. The trail starts from the Paradise parking lot through meadows and sparse trees, all the while with excellent views of Mount Rainier and the South Cascades.

Temporary Midweek Closure - Weekend Access Only

11/29/2022 Update: For the winter of 2022-23, public access to Paradise is limited to Saturdays and Sundays, weather/staff/equipment dependent. Due to staffing shortages the park does not have the capacity to maintain public access 7 day/week. See the full announcement on Mount Rainier National Park’s website.

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.

In winter, ALL drivers in the park are required to carry snow chains or equivalent traction devices—this includes those with a 4-wheel or  all-wheel drive vehicle. Those without a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may be required to install them at Longmire or beyond.


Head north out of Paradise Parking Lot, passing west of Alta Vista, east of the Glacier Vista area, and up the non-avalanche chute to Panorama Point. An ice axe can be handy if glissading down from Panorama Point.

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: Moderate
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • 6,800 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

Upcoming Activities

Basic Snowshoe - Panorama Point

Snowshoeing Trip
Classified a "Basic Snowshoe" trip this 5 mile outing is perfect for snowshoers looking for
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Feb 18, 2023
4 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Feb 16
Olympia Branch

Olympia Intermediate Hard Snow - Panorama Point

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Practice French, German, American crampon technique. Self belay, climbing with one and two tools
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Jul 23, 2023
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Jul 21
Olympia Branch
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