Hike to Panorama Point

Skyline Trail

Hike through fields of wildflowers with amazing views of Mt. Rainier. Reservations are now required to backpack/ stay the night, you can learn more here.

This 5.4 mile loop hike begins at the Paradise Visitors Center in Mount Rainier National Park. You just follow the skyline trail that begins from the steps with the John Muir quote on them. The hike goes up 1700 feet to its highest point at 7100 feet. From this high up you have some amazing views of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding land. The view from Panorama point is well worth the effort it takes to reach it. The top is a great place to just relax for awhile, have a snack, and enjoy the view. There is a bathroom up at Panorama Point should you need it.

The hike to and from Panorama Point is beautiful. If it's the right time of year (August), there will be fields of wildflowers that you'll walk through. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, such as deer and marmot.

Pack List

  • Jacket (It'll be colder at the top)
  • Water
  • Sunglasses (The snow can be really bright)
  • Sunscreen (If it's sunny and you don't want to get burnt)
  • Camera
  • Snacks (Panorama Point is a great place to have a snack and enjoy the view)
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RT Distance 5.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 1700 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Great Hike For Kids!

We took out three boys (ages 15, 12 & 10) on this hike and they loved it. It was early July and there was still a lot of snowy hills for them to "sled" down. We are not experienced hikers AT ALL (I made the trek in a pair of Nike Frees) but we did fine. The views from the top were gorgeous and well worth it. Even got to see a few little critters along the way. Be sure to bring a garbage bag with you, it makes sliding down those little snow trails much easier. Only giving it 4 stars because the trail wasn't well marked. We had no idea if we were going the right way most of the time, but luckily there were a lot of friendly people along the way.

Beautiful and Adventurous

This hike was the first I did in Washington State in summer 2013. It must have been a great snow year that year cause there weren't nearly the amount of wild flowers, as much as there was still a TON of snow! It was a beautiful hike. And once you get to Panorama Point, no matter how much effort you've exerted, the views, the cool mountain air, the quiet, and serenity make it worth the whole thing. Incredible and inspiring adventure. This may have been the hike that kicked off my love of hiking and is inspiring me to be more of a backpacker (that and the movie "Wild"). The mountaineers descending from having summited Mt Rainier coming down with all of their equipment, greeting us as they passed, seeing marmots chillin by the trail, and talking with other hikers and tourists helping each other out and enjoying many different conversations makes this a very unique and fun hike. If you're in Washington and are in the mood for incredible...this is your hike!

Wow!

Such great views on an accessible and relatively easy trail. My biggest problem was all the stops I made to take pictures along the way! I'd suggest doing the full Skyline Loop, rather than shortening the route with the Golden Gate Trail. Doing so will take you past more wildflowers as well as Myrtle Falls.


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