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75 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5465 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
This lovely trail through the Glacier View Wilderness can take you across the Wilderness, starting on a ridge with filtered views of Rainier, down past Beljica Meadows Lake(s) up and over a ridge to lovely Goat Lake. Continue up the trail to the National Park boundary and one can continue on to Gobbler's Knob and the old fire lookout there.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
If you’ve been to Mount Rainier’s Paradise, you may be familiar with Narada Falls, and the short hike down to its popular viewpoint. But are you aware of the other trails this short hike connects to? Do you wonder what ‘Narada’ means? Read on to find out.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2150 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.35
(26 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers
Follow tumbling, churning, Van Trump Creek upstream past spectacular Bloucher Falls and Comet Falls, to an alpine meadow featuring views of Mount Rainier and easy wandering. For an added treat, hike two extra miles for a stunning view of the barren Kautz Creek valley from Mildred Point.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 3650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Cougar Rock to Carter Falls is a moderate and readily accessible segment of the Wonderland Trail that packs stunning mountain vistas, river views, waterfalls, wildflowers, old growth, and edible berries into just 1.3 miles of family-friendly hiking in Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(76 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
The Skyline Trail is the main route for hiking out of Paradise, Mount Rainier’s south side hub and most popular destination, providing visitors a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Washington’s grandest mountain. In peak season your trip along the Skyline Trail will be filled with views of cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers and subalpine meadows brimming with colorful splashes of lupines, mountain heather, scarlet paintbrush, cascade asters and bistort.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 185 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
A good, short destination just outside of the main Paradise visitors area, Myrtle Falls is a beauty.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Hiking the trail between the Narada Falls viewpoint and Reflection Lakes is pleasant enough. But you can extend the route into a loop featuring an unobstructed view of the Tatoosh Range from a rocky bluff, and an up-close experience of the awe-inspiring whitewater cascades of the Paradise River.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 560 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes

Chinook Pass and Stevens Canyon Road are closed for the season

The trek to Reflection and Louise Lakes is a quintessential Mount Rainier snowshoeing experience -- the bright, flat expanse of snow and ice covered mountain lakes, subalpine meadows that offer opportunities for romping, stupendous views of The Mountain and the Tatoosh Range, and the south end of the Mazama Ridge beckoning you to follow.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1495 ft.
Highest Point: 6409 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
This trail takes hikers out of the maze of trails at Paradise and up onto one of the many glaciers on Washington's most iconic mountains.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1056 ft.
Highest Point: 5469 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Lakes

Trailhead Inaccessible by vehicle: Forest Road 59 is washed out

Mount Beljica is just outside the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park, so you can bring your dog and still experience a well-kept trail leading to astounding views of Washington's tallest mountain.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
Explore this loop that begins and ends at the popular Paradise Ranger Station on Mount Rainier. Hike a little more than five miles around and through a myriad of delightful lakes at the base of Washington's tallest volcano.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Ridges/passes
Sometimes the crowds at Mount Rainier’s Paradise can be overwhelming. Hike the Moraine Trail to get off of asphalt paths and away from the throngs. The reward is a view down into the immense Nisqually River Valley from the very edge of its moraine.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
Follow the trails here to views of Mount Rainier's rocky Nisqually River valley and the much-receded Nisqually Glacier.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers
Follow a loop trail that samples what Mount Rainier has to offer: a popular waterfall, vast expanses of wildflowers, numerous snowmelt streams, a historic monument to the mountain’s first climbers, and of course views of Mount Rainier itself.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 950 ft.
Highest Point: 5450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.10
(21 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Trailhead Inaccessible by vehicle: Forest Road 59 is washed out

Climb a ridge to a rocky promontory nine miles due west of Tahoma’s summit and experience multi-volcano, jaw-dropping views under clear conditions. Glacier View’s short but moderately intense route is ideal for lovers of huckleberries, wildflowers, old growth forest, mushrooms, fauna, and lakes.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5425 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Chinook Pass and Stevens Canyon Road are closed for the season

Reflection Lakes are not just a popular photography stop. From the lakes you can hike to a stunning cliffside view of the lakes and the Tatoosh range. From there you have the option of returning the way you came, or hiking in a loop around the largest of the lakes.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.18
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
Paradise is one of the most gorgeous (and, as a result, popular) parts of Washington. This short but steep trail offers tourists and locals alike one of the most stunning views for the least number of miles in Washington state, but that doesn't mean you won't sweat! Be prepared to climb more than 1000 feet in less than a mile at the outset of this trail .
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 6330 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
Edith Creek Basin is a popular Mount Rainier snowshoeing area. The basin lies north of Paradise and connects to Panorama Point.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 5820 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
This trail offers a more intimate view of the Nisqually Glacier valley, and connects to the Moraine Trail from the Paradise parking area.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4875 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(44 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls
Follow a tumbling, churning, whitewater creek upstream as it thunders through a narrow gorge of glacier-polished rock on your way to a waterfall that drops 301 feet in a single plunge. Admire numerous small waterfalls and cascades and two significant ones, all in less than two miles. This is the Comet Falls trail.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
25.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 10080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
Paradise provides a gateway to Washington's most iconic mountain, trails to get your heart pumping or just stretch your legs, and in winter, fantastic snowshoe and skiing opportunities for people of all ages.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1788 ft.
Highest Point: 3534 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Mount Rainier's Westside Road is closed in winter at the junction with Highway 706, making this road showshoe more than 11 miles roundtrip.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5335 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(15 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Ridges/passes
While the hunting grounds here hold their fair share of human history, the Kautz Creek drainage that hold the trail leading to the hunting grounds has an even more extensive background -- one that's eons old, rather than generations. Witness the way volcanic activity has affected this area and appreciate the awesome power of Rainier up close.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4640 ft.
Highest Point: 10080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(47 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
Enter rarefied air as you climb halfway up the most popular route to the summit of Mount Rainier. This is Camp Muir, a perch higher than the summits of nearly all mountains in the state. In addition to commanding views of the South Cascades, catch a glimpse of both the history of the park and the dramatic landscape of Rainier’s upper reaches.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(24 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
This short loop out of Longmire makes for a great, quick way to get some elevation gain, some forest views, and a fantastic vista of Mount Rainier, all in less than five miles!
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1660 ft.
Highest Point: 4760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
High Hut is the highlight of the Mount Tahoma Trail System. From the warmth of a cozy alpine hut, enjoy some of the best views in the southern Cascades.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 2770 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(12 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
A short loop trail appropriate for all ages and abilities, this little walk provides an opportunity for anyone to appreciate the history of Longmire while immersing themselves in nature. It can also act as a mellow warm-up for the steep Rampart Ridge Trail.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2910 ft.
Highest Point: 5720 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(13 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
This hike contains all of what a classic Rainier outing should – a quiet canopy of old-growth forest, high alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers in the summer, and in-your-face-views of glaciated Mount Tahoma (not to mention Mounts Adams, St. Helens, and even Hood on a crystal clear day).
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Now, it provides skiers and snowshoers a place to warm up after a bracing 4.5 mile jaunt along forest roads in Tahoma State Forest.