5.5 miles
Distance
1,783 ft
Climb
-1,781 ft
Descent
04:11:15
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Skyline Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty Rating
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    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Global Ranking
    #6176 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Hiking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running

Hiking the loop clockwise, the trail climbs 2 miles until reaching Panorama Point, where a toilet is provided for hikers. Past Panorama Point use of the High Skyline Trail avoids a dangerous icy slope that does not melt. This connects back to the Skyline above the junction with Golden Gate trail (an alternative for a shorter hike). Another 0.75 mile and the Skyline Trail reaches the Stevens-Van Trump Memorial and its junction with the Paradise Glacier Trail. From there it descends into the Paradise Valley, then climbs slightly to Myrtle Falls and finally back to Paradise.

The trail offers stunning displays of subalpine wildflowers, a close-up look at Mount Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier, and, on a clear day, views of peaks as far south as Oregon's Mount Hood.

Several sections of the park are designated as open to day use only. These areas have been closed to overnight camping due to previous resource damage caused by concentrations of people in areas too fragile to sustain such use. Paradise is a day use only area. Please hike only on the constructed trails and help minimize impact on this delicate environment. Current trail conditions are available at park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Treat water before drinking. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails.

Access Info

The trailhead is located near the entrance to the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, marked by stone steps inscribed with a quote by John Muir.

More Stats for Skyline Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,423 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,036 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,423 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,427 ft
  • Grade max
    -54.3%
  • Grade min
    68.9%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    614 ft
  • Avg time
    04:11:15
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      • 1 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
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