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Glacier Vista Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise
46.7862, -121.7360 Map & Directions
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
900 feet
Highest Point
6330 feet
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Photo by Wild Celtic Rose.
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed

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Glacier Vista snowshoe is a shorter alternative to Panorama Point snowshoe. With 2.5 miles round trip with only 900 feet elevation gain, it is an easy snowshoeing outing with great views of snow-capped mountains. Continue reading

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Hiking Glacier Vista Snowshoe

Glacier Vista snowshoe is a shorter alternative to Panorama Point snowshoe, and the views from Glacier Vista are as good as those from Panorama Point. You can see all of the Tatoosh Range, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens on a clear day, maybe even as far as Mount Hood on a really clear day. Mount Rainier is of course right in your face.

You start from Paradise parking lot, which is usually open year-round, though in winter chains are required to drive up the road from Longmire. Follow the trail between Jackson Visitor Center and Climbing Information Center towards Mount Rainier. There should be a clear track because this is a popular snowshoeing route. You may snowshoe anywhere except when the snow accumulation is low.

At 1.1 miles, you veer left towards Glacier Vista while many other snowshoers veer right to start climbing a steep slope towards Panorama Point. Soon you will reach Glacier Vista. Enjoy the views of snow-capped mountains. If you have extra time and energy, follow other snowshoers to Panorama Point. Otherwise return the way you came.

Hike Description Written by
Yas Obara, WTA Correspondent

Glacier Vista Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.7862, -121.7360 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Paradise Valley road is closed for the season

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Tacoma, take Highway 7 S/Mountain Hwy E/Pacific Ave S for 30 miles until you reach Elbe. After Elbe, WA-7 S splits south (right), while you proceed straight onto WA-706. Continue for 15 miles. After entering Mount Rainier National Park through the Nisqually entrance, 706 will turn into Paradise Rd E. 17 miles from the park entrance you will reach your destination, Paradise Upper Parking Lot.

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Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

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