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75 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 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

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 185 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 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:
3.47
(15 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

 
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

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(70 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. Even before the historic Paradise Inn was constructed in 1916, the Paradise valley has long been one of the state’s most beloved hiking destinations because of its southern exposure, giving it a longer season than its north side counterpart, Sunrise. In peak season (July and August) 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

 
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.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.06 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
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. Snow Bowl, High Hut, and the Yurt are all accessible for a summer hike or bike in addition to the winter snowshoe and ski. Depending on conditions and logging trucks, the upper parking lot may be open, shaving off at nearly a mile or more each way of this hike.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
10.24 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Established campsites
The Yurt is by far the most secluded of the four huts within the Mount Tahoma Trail System. A cozy studio in the wilderness surrounded by trees with access for a day hike to Griffin Mountain.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1740 ft.
Highest Point: 4100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
The Yurt is by far the most secluded of the four huts within the Mount Tahoma Trail System. A cozy studio in the wilderness surrounded by trees with easy access for a day hike to Griffin Mountain, you'll have to really hoof it through the snow to get there.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
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

 
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
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

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
In winter this route requires avalanche awareness and training, routefinding and some mountaineering skills. Do your research, know how to navigate through avalanche terrain and have an understanding of mountaineering skills before attempting this trip.
 
 

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

7/22/2022 - Trailhead Inaccessible: 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

 
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

7/22/2022 - Trailhead Inaccessible: 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

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
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: 2565 ft.
Highest Point: 5485 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.53
(15 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
A clear, sparkling lake, up-close views of Mount Rainier, and a historic fire lookout await you on the Gobblers Knob Trail. This route is an eastern approach to the lookout via Westside Road.
 
 

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
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

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4640 ft.
Highest Point: 10080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(46 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

 
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

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Just a few miles west of Eatonville, off Highway 7, is Washington's newest state park. Created thanks to a partnership between the Nisqually Tribe, Washington State Parks, and other local agencies, the park provides 1,300 acres of forest, prairie, and riverside trails to recreate in.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes
A moderately-challenging snowshoe route in Mount Rainier National Park with some avalanche danger in times of heavy snow. Check the avalanche reports before heading out.
 
 

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

 
25.0 miles of trails
Highest Point: 10080 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 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

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 7070 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
The route to Panorama Point in the snow can vary depending on how much snow is on the mountain, and how many other visitors have tromped a path up the hillside. One thing is certain -- you'll want to consult the Paradise Green Trails map No. 270S, which includes both summer and snowshoe routes for the area.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 9000 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

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6040 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
Followed the remnants of old logging road to the end, then head up the southwest ridge of Mt. Wow toward peak 5614, for incredible views of Mount Rainier. Class 2 or 3, climbing experience and equipment strongly recommended.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6010 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Fine, in your face views, of Mount Rainier await hikers willing to hoof it 4000 vertical feet up to the top of Mount Ararat from the Kautz Creek parking area.