Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Adams is seen from Panorama Point Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Friday morning offered clear skies, crisp air and the perfect opportunity to head into Mount Rainier National Park.

Nisqually Valley News photographer Jared Wenzelburger did just that, traveling to Paradise and then taking a hike to Panorama point where he took the accompanying images of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and even Mount Hood across the southern border in Oregon. 

Wenzelburger used the Skyline Trail to reach Panorama Point. 

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier is seen from Paradise Road East Friday morning near Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park.

 

Below is more about the trail from the National Parks Service: 

Distance, round trip: 5.5 miles

Elevation gain: 1700 feet

Hiking time, round trip: 4.5 hours

Wilderness Camps: None

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Hikers walk through the snow Friday morning in Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.

 

Along the Trail

The trail offers stunning displays of subalpine wildflowers, a close-up look at Mount Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier, and, on a clear day, views of peaks as far south as Oregon’s Mount Hood.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Trees dot the snowy ridges of Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

 

Backpacking

Several sections of the park are designated as open to day use only. These areas have been closed to overnight camping due to previous resource damage caused by concentrations of people in areas too fragile to sustain such use. Paradise is a day use only area. Hike only on the constructed trails and help minimize impact on this delicate environment. Current trail conditions are available at park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Treat water before drinking. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Hikers walk through the snow Friday morning in Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.

 

Trail Description

Early season hiking on this trail may be hazardous. Rest on benches or rocks. Stay on trail to protect delicate subalpine plants.

The trailhead is located near the entrance to the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, marked by stone steps inscribed with a quote by John Muir.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Snow outlines switchbacks as fall colors peak through the snow Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Hiking the loop clockwise, the trail climbs 2 miles until reaching Panorama Point, where a toilet is provided for hikers. Past Panorama Point use of the High Skyline Trail avoids a dangerous icy slope that does not melt. This connects back to the Skyline above the junction with Golden Gate trail (an alternative for a shorter hike). Another 0.75 mile and the Skyline Trail reaches the Stevens-Van Trump Memorial and its junction with the Paradise Glacier Trail. From there it descends into the Paradise Valley, then climbs slightly to Myrtle Falls and finally back to Paradise.

Always check current trail conditions before heading out. Log footbridges frequently wash out during the winter or other conditions could be affecting the trail.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. St. Helens beacons above a ridgeline Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Colorful rocks dot the snow at Paradise Friday morning in Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Colorful rocks dot the snow at Paradise Friday morning in Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

A hiker walks along the Skyline Trail in Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Adams is seen from Panorama Point Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. St. Helens beacons above a ridgeline Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Fall colors peak through the snowing Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Colorful rocks dot the snow at Paradise Friday morning in Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Adams is seen from Panorama Point Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Colorful rocks dot the snow at Paradise Friday morning in Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Colorful rock faces dot the snow at Paradise Friday morning in Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

A skier walks along the Skyline Trail Friday morning in Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

A structure is seen near Panorama Point Friday morning in Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Hood is seen from Panorama Point Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Snow and rocks tumble down the moutainside Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Snow and rocks tumble down the moutainside Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

A hiker walks along the Skyline Trail in Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

A family takes pictures along the Skyline Trail in Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

A group of adventurers walk along the Skyline Trail in Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Hikers lay in the snow and take pictures in Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

A Gray Jay looks for food outside the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center in Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park Volunteer Annemarie Randall smiles as she enjoys a sunny day outside the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center Friday morning in Paradise.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Adams is seen from Panorama Point Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. St. Helens beacons above a ridgeline Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Snow and rocks tumble down the moutainside Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Fall colors peak through the snowing Paradise Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

A skier walks along the Skyline Trail Friday morning in Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Adams is seen from Panorama Point Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

Photos: From Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. St. Helens beacons above a ridgeline Friday morning at Mount Rainier National Park.

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