Hike to Panorama Point
Washington › Skyline Trail
Added by Michael Matti
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.
- Jacket (It'll be colder at the top)
- Sunglasses (The snow can be really bright)
- Sunscreen (If it's sunny and you don't want to get burnt)
- Snacks (Panorama Point is a great place to have a snack and enjoy the view)
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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.
One of my favorites
Gorgeous hike. The first half mile damn near killed me. I don't know if it was the incline or if I didn't think the pavement would ever end and it would never feel like an adventure. Once you get past that section it's a bit surreal. Definitely go during wildflower season. I went earlier but lucked out that they were already in full bloom that year. The views are tough to beat, the weather is excellent, the photo ops are endless. I recommend staying out until sunset.
Easy Hike To See Diversity Of Mt Rainer
This loop is easy enough to do in a few short hours. It provides a lot of diversity in flora and fauna. We went the "opposite way" aka counter clockwise. There were a lot of folks visiting that day so we opted to get away from the crowds in the beginning. Great opportunity to see wildlife as well. We saw marmots, deer, and a few black bears. Rainer received minimal rain so the snow had melted considerably. That allowed us to get to panorama point easier. You might even see backcountry groups heading up to some of the base camps.
This is a hike I have done several times and the views are always spectacular, Panorama Point gets it's name for a reason. August is a great month for this hike the Washington weather is typically the best and the wildflowers are in full bloom. Have your camera ready at all times to capture the beauty of the meadows and Rainier itself. Don't be discouraged by clouds, but if you see some moving up with you, try to stay ahead of them I have seemingly raced clouds to the top to capture the last few glimpses of the peak before it is covered by clouds. Definitely pack a lunch and take a load off up at the point before heading back down to the car.
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