Paradise (summer)

Explore Mount Rainier National Park's most popular trail system. Experience fantastic views of the mountain, brilliant wildflowers in the summer and the occasional marmot lounging on the rocks. Learn lots about the park and Mount Rainier at the Jackson Visitor Center.

Trails to explore

  • Nisqually Vista Loop: 1.4 miles with 400 feet elevation gain
  • Alta Vista Loop: 1.5 miles with 540 feet elevation gain.
  • Golden Gate: 3.2 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain
  • Mazama Ridge: 7 miles with 600 feet of elevation gain

information for leaders

scheduling & permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • 5,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 100
  • 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
    46.785956, -121.736659
    46.7859555335 -121.73665926
  • Red Marker
    46.804736, -121.733277
    46.8047358186 -121.733276565

Upcoming Activities

Tacoma Basic FT 6 - Crevasse Rescue Test - Paradise (summer)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Tacoma Basic Climbing FT 6: Crevasse Rescue Test
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jun 2, 2018
15 participants 7 instructors
Registration closes Jun 2
Tacoma Branch

Tacoma Basic FT 7 - Ice Axe Arrest Test - Hard Snow - Paradise (summer)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Tacoma Basic Climbing FT 7: Ice Axe Arrest Test - Hard Snow
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jun 3, 2018
No Prerequisites
14 participants 5 instructors
Registration closes Jun 1
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Nisqually Vista Loop

Photography Trip
(Segment 5 of multi-day photography road trip) Nisqually Vista Trail photography hike.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Jun 22
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Dead Horse Creek

Photography Trip
Easy photography hike along the Avalanch Lily, Dead Horse Creek and Moraine Trails
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jul 1, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens Jun 3
Seattle Branch

Olympia Intermediate Hard Snow - Panorama Point to Skyline Trail

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Practice French, German, American crampon technique. Self belay, climbing with one and two tools
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jul 14, 2018
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 12
Olympia Branch
Trip Reports

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  • Paradise
  • Paradise (Mount Rainier)
  • Paradise Trails
  • Paradise Area
  • Paradise Area Trails
  • Nisqually Vista Loop
  • Alta Vista Loop
  • Golden Gate
  • Mazama Ridge
  • Dead Horse Creek
  • Skyline Loop
  • Panorama Point to Skyline Trail

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