Panorama Point

Panorama Point is a strenuous, 5 mile round trip snowshoe hike 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.

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
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • 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
    46.785238, -121.738851
    46.7852382729 -121.738850922
  • Red Marker
    46.802152, -121.729195
    46.8021515411 -121.72919497

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