Explore Miles Of Unparalleled Views Of Mount Rainier On The Skyline Trail In Washington
Washington has some of the best hiking trails in the country. No matter which part of the state you call home, you’re never far from a beautiful nature trail. That being said, it’s hard to find hikes that compare with the adventures at Mount Rainier National Park. There’s just something about those breathtaking mountain views that inspire us to hike just a little farther. If you have yet to experience the scenery on the Skyline Trail, make this the year you go.
Located near the 1916 historic Paradise Inn, the Skyline Trail is definitely one of the most popular hikes in the entire park.
But don't let that deter you. As long as you avoid going on a weekend in the middle of summer, you'll enjoy plenty of peace and quiet. The trail itself is wider than average trails, so you'll have plenty of space.
The six-mile hike starts with vibrant meadows and cascading creeks.
If you come during wildflower season, you'll find plenty along the way.
Due to the somewhat steep elevation gains and length of the loop, this hike is ranked as moderate on AllTrails.
While it's a well-marked trail that can be easily followed, if you're a complete novice, you might want to go with someone who isn't.
By far, the best thing about this stunning trail is the near-constant views of Mount Rainier.
They're looming around practically every corner, and they're truly magnificent.
While you can hike this trail for most of the year, it tends to be primarily used between April and October.
This part of the state is gorgeous in any season, but the snow can be a bit too treacherous to hike in the dead of winter.
In this one loop, you'll experience some of the best natural beauty Washington has to offer.
Between the alpine meadows, cascading waterfalls, and the looming mountain to distract you, you'll cover those six miles in no time.
Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee of $30 per vehicle to enter for the day.
You can also purchase an annual pass for $55 and hike to your heart's content.
Have you ever hiked The Skyline?
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Skyline Loop Trail, Ashford, WA 98304, USA