Paradise (winter)

A backcountry skiing and snowshoer's paradise. This area includes Alta Vista, Glacier Vista and Mazama Ridge and the variety of winter trails and tours that can be created between the Paradise parking lot and Panorama Point at Mount Rainier National Park.

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.

SKIING routes

A varied array of backcountry skiing terrain is available around Paradise allowing safe and enjoyable ski touring in most weather and snow conditions.


Lots of open terrain to make your own path. If you bear to the right (east) from the parking lot towards the moderate more tree-filled terrain you'll encounter fewer skiers and potentially a few small creek crossings filled with beautiful frozen water formations.

Information for LEADERS

This 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, and be sure to use one of these if that's your planned destination.

If you are scheduling this as a snowshoe or ski trip, please limit your group size to 12 people and confirm that there is not another group scheduling a trip on the same day.

Have a question about group size? Contact Katherine Hollis, Conservation and Responsible Recreation Manager at , if you have questions or need more information.

  • Suitable Activities: Skiing/Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
  • Skiing/Snowboarding Category: Backcountry
  • Snowshoeing Category: Basic
  • Seasons: January, February, March, April, May, November, December
  • Weather: View weather forecast. View avalanche forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 5,900 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 150
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Red Marker
    46.785956, -121.736531
    46.7859555335 -121.736530514
  • Red Marker
    46.804734, -121.733112
    46.8047337004 -121.733111859

Upcoming Activities

Basic Snowshoe - Paradise (winter)

Snowshoeing Trip
Winter overnight, chill out, practice snow camping skills.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Fri, Apr 20, 2018 - Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants
Registration closed Apr 18
Foothills Branch

ACSC Snow 1 Field Trip (Tacoma) - Paradise (winter)

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
ACSC Snow 1 Field Trip (Tacoma)
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
No Prerequisites
3 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Apr 20
Tacoma Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Paradise (Mount Rainier)

Snowshoeing Trip
Enjoy a cheeseburger- I mean, snowshoe trip, in Paradise! Explore this winter wonderland at a
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
2 participants 0 leaders
Registration closed Apr 19
Foothills Branch

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Paradise Area (winter)

Skiing/Snowboarding Trip
Discovery Tour. M1 Trip. Primary Co-Leaders: Jeanette Morrison and Ron Jarvis. Primary trip objective: Safe
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Apr 20
Foothills Branch

Snow II Field Trip - Paradise (winter)

Scrambling Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course
This is our second Ice Ax Arrest practice.
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 28, 2018
No Prerequisites
13 participants 11 instructors
Registration closes Apr 26
Olympia Branch

Snow Weekend - Paradise (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Climbing Course - Olympia/Snow Weekend
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 28, 2018 - Sun, Apr 29, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants 11 instructors
Registration closed Apr 12
Olympia Branch

Mt. Rainier National Park - Paradise (winter)

Skiing/Snowboarding Field trip: Glacier Skiing/Snowboarding and Crevasse Rescue
Mt. Rainier National Park, Paradise Ranger Station
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, May 12, 2018 - Sun, May 13, 2018
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes May 10
Foothills Branch
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