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.

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.

Route

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
Map
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Tacoma Explorers Mountain School - Panorama Point

Climbing Youth activity: Tacoma Explorers
Explorers will learn mountaineering techniques such as ice ax arrest, glissading, crampon use, kicking steps,
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 chaperones
Registration closes Mar 15
Tacoma 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
Sat, Jul 13, 2019
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Jul 11
Olympia Branch
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