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Mount Rainier Guide
Summer/Fall Visitor Guide for Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Mount Rainier National Park Tahoma News | Summer-Fall Visitor Guide 2021 Jasmine Horn photo Expect limited services and facilities due to COVID-19 impacts. Check locally or at nps.gov/mora for facility status. Welcome to Mount Rainier National Park! No Pets on Trails The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. We proudly hold parks in trust for the American people and, even more proudly, welcome visitors from all communities as pandemic restrictions continue to ease. Leashed pets are permitted only in parking lots and along roads open to public vehicles It is also our mission to keep everyone at Mount Rainier healthy, including our staf and all who visit. To that end, Mount Rainier continues to modify visitor services to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Some facilities and programs will be closed or cancelled. Check locally and on the park website for current information and continue to follow CDC guidelines. As circumstances continue to change and we modify our operations as necessary, we thank you for your patience and cooperation. See the back page for COVID safety information. Drones are not allowed anywhere in Mount Rainier National Park. This includes launching, landing, and operating drones. You can help safeguard this place, and these resources and intrinsic values by taking the Mount Rainier Pledge. Mount Rainier National Park was created to protect and preserve unimpaired iconic Mount Rainier, along with its natural and cultural resources, values, and dynamic processes. The park provides opportunities for people to experience, understand, and care for the park environment, and provides for wilderness experiences while sustaining wilderness values. Be a Mount Rainier Champion by learning more about park resources and supporting park efforts by sharing #RainierPledge https://www.nps.gov/mora/ planyourvisit/mount-rainier-pledge.htm. No Drone Zone! I Pledge to: “Protect Mount Rainier’s meadows and lakes by staying on trails while hiking in meadows and around lakes. One step onto a meadow damages an average of 17 plants that will take years to recover! Never take my pets on trails or meadows. Pets are not permitted on trails. They are only permitted in campgrounds, parking lots, and on roads open for travel and must be on leashes no longer than six feet. Respect the land and all that is connected to it as the original stewards of this land did and their descendants continue to do today. Welcome all people I encounter during my visit regardless of their identities or abilities. Leave No Trace of my visit. Planning ahead and being prepared, disposing of waste properly, and leaving what you fnd, are just a few ways you can Leave No Trace. Keep Wildlife Wild by not feeding or approaching animals. Feeding wildlife can be as direct as offering a bit of your lunch, or as indirect as leaving your food or garbage for animals to fnd. Stay safe during my visit by keeping safety in mind. Watch for changes in weather and conditions. Know your limits when exploring Mount Rainier’s trails and backcountry.” Carbon River near Chenuis Falls JD Hascup photo Explore Mount Rainier National Park At 14,410 feet high, Mount Rainier is the tallest peak in the Cascade Range and an icon of the Pacific Northwest. While the mountain's well-known profile is visible for many miles in every direction, its alpine, glacier-clad slopes occupy only a third of Mount Rainier National Park. There are as many different sides of the park as there are views of Mount Rainier. Take the time to explore the other two-thirds of the park and discover what lies within the shadow of this great mountain that local American Indians call "Tahoma." Whether you are looking for wilderness solitude or historical architecture, spectacular drives or challenging hikes, Mount Rainier National Park has something for you. This Visitor Guide includes information that will help you plan your activities and have a safe and enjoyable visit. There are five major visitor areas in the park: • Longmire (southwest) • Paradise (south side) • Ohanapecosh (southeast) • Sunrise/White River (northeast) • Carbon River/Mowich Lake (northwest) Parking can be difcult to fnd on sunny summer weekends at Paradise, Sunrise, Grove of the Patriarchs, and at trailheads between Longmire and Paradise. To avoid congestion, visit these areas on weekdays, arrive early, and carpool. Park roads are winding, road shoulders are narrow, and the speed limit is 35 mph in most areas. Watch for pedestrians, sightseers, bicyclists, and wildlife. Please be courteous and use pullouts to allow faster drivers to pass you safely. If you are in the park on a busy day, you may want to explore less–visited areas to escape the biggest crowds. In taking the extra time to seek out these special places, you can immerse yourself in an old-growth forest, reflect next to a cascading waterfall, hike in virtual solitude, or just relax, take in the view, and reconnect with nature. No matter where you go in the park you will find spectacular scenery and a multitude of recreational opportunities! Mount Rainier is the traditional land of the Coast Salish tribes and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Indigenous traditional practices are intrinsic with the land and continue to this day. Hey Junior Rangers! The new Mount Rainier Junior Ranger Book is available. Pick one up at a visitor center and complete a the activities, to earn Junior Ranger badge. Get the Most Out of Your Visit Visiting for a few hours or a day? Here's some tips to help you get the most out of your visit: Half Day in the Park? • • • • • • • • Drive to Sunrise for a picnic, a short hike to Emmons Vista, and outstanding mountain and glacier views. Download the National Park Service App (NPS APP) and listen to the Sunrise Road Geology Audio tour along the way. Stop at White River for the best data service to download. Visit Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake for a hike around the lake through subalpine meadows. Hike two miles round-trip along the Ohanapecosh River from the Ohanapecosh Campground to view Silver Falls. Explore Longmire's historic district and hike the Trail of the Shadows. Hike Nisqually Vista or Myrtle Falls trails at Paradise and enjoy a picnic with a view! Hike the Grove of the Patriarchs loop trail to explore an ancient old-growth forest. Take a drive through the park stopping at overlooks of mountain views, waterfalls, and geologic features. Some great hikes for young families are Trail of the Shadows at Longmire, Nisqually Vista at Paradise, Box Canyon loop trail in Stevens Canyon, Hot Springs trail at Ohanapecosh, Sunrise Rim at Sunrise, and Grove of the Patriarchs near Stevens Canyon Entrance. One Day in the Park? • • • • • • • Hike into the Tatoosh Range for excellent views of the mountain. Hardy hikers can try the Eagle Peak or Pinnacle Peak trails. Visit Refection Lakes for amazing views of the mountain that may be refecting in the lake's surface. Then hike up to Bench and Snow lakes for a moderate hike. Take a geology tour along the south side of the park. Stops include (west to east) Westside Road, Kautz Creek, Glacier Bridge, Ricksecker Point, Inspiration Point, Box Canyon, and viewpoints along the way. Spend the day hiking the trails through subalpine meadows at Sunrise or Paradise. Hike a section of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail that encircles the mountain. Many people hike this trail in sections. Try hiking from Lake Louise to Box Canyon in Stevens Canyon or Sunrise to White River, Longmire to Narada Falls or Refection Lakes. All require a vehicle at each trailhead. Take a drive up the dirt road to Mowich Lake to see the park's deepest lake surrounded by wildfowers in summer, followed by a hike to Spray Park for mountain views. Hike to a historic fre lookout for great views of the mountain and surrounding area. 2 | Mount Rainier National Park | Summer-Fall 2021 How Far Is It? Road One Way Driving Times & Distances Distance Time Longmire to Paradise 12 miles 25 min **Stevens Canyon Rd: Paradise to Ohanapecosh 23 miles 45 min Ohanapecosh to White River Entrance 18 miles 30 min White River Entrance to Sunrise 13 miles 45 min White River Entrance to Carbon River via Enumclaw 61 miles 2 hrs Longmire to Carbon River via Eatonville/Orting 80 miles 2.5 hrs Longmire to Mowich Lake via Eatonville/Orting 89 miles 3 hrs **Expect delays when traveling Stevens Canyon Road. What You Need to Know Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899 to preserve the natural and cultural resources in this area and to provide for public beneft and enjoyment. This information will help you learn more about the park, and protect yourself and the park. No Drone Zone! Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft (drone) within the boundaries of Mount Rainier National Park is prohibited. Protect the Meadows: Stay on trails. Leave all wildfowers for everyone to enjoy. Pets and Service Animals During hot weather do not leave pets in vehicles. Wildlife Safety Give animals room. The best way to stay safe when watching wildlife is to give animals room to move. Stay a minimum distance of 25 yards from most wildlife and 100 yards from predators like bears. Pets are not allowed in buildings, on trails (except the Pacifc Crest Trail), or in off-trail or backcountry areas. Leashed pets and emotional support animals are permitted only in picnic areas, campgrounds, and parking lots and on roads currently open to public vehicles. They must be on leashes no longer than six feet. Bikes in the Park Bicycle only on roads, not on trails. Mountain bikes are permitted on Westside Road and Carbon River Road, but not on trails. Accessibility Most restrooms, visitor centers, picnic areas, amphitheaters, and designated campsites are accessible or accessible with help by wheelchair. Accessible lodging is available inside the park and in local communities. The park brochure is available in braille at visitor centers and entrance stations. The Kautz Creek Boardwalk Nature Trail is accessible with assistance in summer. An accessible trail leads to the base of Paradise Meadows; a portion of the trails at Paradise are accessible with help. Permits Permits are required for all overnight stays in the backcountry, and for traveling on glaciers and above 10,000 feet in elevation. Service animals are allowed on trails and in park facilities only if they are providing a service for a person with a disability. Service dogs-in-training are not service animals under ADA, but are considered pets. Camping Camp in designated campsites only. Sleeping in vehicles outside of campgrounds is not permitted. Campfres Campfres are only permitted in established grills in campgrounds and picnic areas. Campfres are not permitted in Mount Rainier's backcountry. Collecting frewood is prohibited. Firewood is sold in Cougar Rock, Ohanapecosh, and White River campgrounds. Firewood: Buy It Where You Burn It Buy frewood near where you will burn it—that means the wood was likely cut within 50 miles of where you’ll have your fre. Never bring wood from home, even if you think the frewood looks fne. Aged or seasoned wood is still not safe. Mercury in Park Lakes Research studies have shown mercury is present in some trout in a few park lakes. Check the Washington Department of Health website http://www.doh.wa.gov/ for information on fsh consumption. Don’t Be A Victim! Burglaries have occurred at numerous trailheads and parking areas in the park. Those responsible for the crimes were investigated, arrested by Mount Rainier rangers and National Park Service special agents, and convicted in court. However, these convictions will not necessarily end the problem of car burglaries in the park. Follow these simple guidelines to avoid becoming a victim of future break-ins: • Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle, even for a short time. • Do not leave bags, packs, or purses that look like they could contain valuables visible in your vehicle. • If storing items in the trunk of your car, do so before arriving at your destination. You could be watched at trailheads and parking lots. • Immediately report all suspicious activity you observe at or around parking lots or along roads to a park ranger. Firewood sales are available in the park at the Longmire General Store and at Cougar Rock, Ohanapecosh, and White River campgrounds. Wilderness Camping Permits A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the park's wilderness. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Approximately two thirds of summer season backpacking and climbing permits are made available for advance reservation. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance of the trip start. The remaining one third of permits are issued on-site on a frst-come, frstserved basis. Advance reservations are available for peak season (June-September) on Recreation.gov. Climbing Each year, approximately 10,000 people attempt to climb Mount Rainier. Nearly half reach the 14,410foot summit. Climbing permits are required for travel above 10,000 feet and/or on glaciers. Climbing information including fees, routes, and conditions, as well as wilderness permits required for overnight stays, are available on the park website. Please Note: Those wishing to climb above 10,000 feet or onto any glaciers must pay the climbing cost recovery fee AND get a climbing permit. This includes skiers or "single push climbers". Climbers who wish to camp overnight must also get a wilderness permit in order to acquire a camp site. Pay your annual climbing fee through pay.gov; keep your receipt and print or save it on your phone to serve as proof of payment; and bring a picture ID. Guided climbs and seminars are available through: • Alpine Ascents International (206) 378-1927 • International Mountain Guides (360) 569-2609 • Rainier Mountaineering (888) 892-5462 Tree Hazards Healthy trees with no defects can present a danger under certain conditions. Stay alert for falling limbs and cones on windy days, and avoid forested areas during storms when possible. Sudden gusts can do great damage to trees—as well as anything in range of falling debris. Gas is not available inside the park. Gas stations are located in local communities. Firearms The use of frearms is prohibited within Mount Rainier National Park. People who can legally possess frearms under federal, Washington State, and local laws may possess them in the park. However federal law prohibits frearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are posted with signs at public entrances. Drive-in Campgrounds Cellular service is not available in most of the park. At Paradise, cell service is available at lower elevations. Mount Rainier National Park Check campground open/close status locally or at nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/hours.htm. Campground Elev. Sites Group Sites Toilets Dump Station Maximum RV/Trailer Length E-mail MORAInfo@nps.gov Cougar Rock* 3,180’ 173 5 Flush Yes RV 35’/Trailer 27’ Ohanapecosh* 1,914’ 188 2 Flush No RV 32’/Trailer 27’ Park Headquarters (360) 569-2211 White River 4,232’ 112 0 Flush No RV 27’/Trailer 18’ Mowich Lake Primitive walk-in campground, tents only. 10 sites. No fee (must self-register at campground kiosk). Vault toilets, no potable water. No fres allowed. Elevation 4,929’; generally open July through early October, depending on road and weather conditions. Call 360-829-9639 for information. *Advance reservations are recommended for individual sites at Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh Campgrounds. Reservations for group sites are recommended and are available throughout the season. These can be made up to one year in advance. To make a reservation online, go to www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Some sites may be closed for hazard tree mitigations. Lost and Found MORA_Lost@nps.gov Website nps.gov/mora Connect with @MountRainierNPS at Mount Rainier National Park | Summer-Fall 2021 | 3 Northwest: Carbon River and Mowich Lake It's on the NPS App! Bicycling at Mount Rainier Learn about bicycling in the park in the Things To Do section of the NPS App. Don't have the app? Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Carbon River NPS photo Carbon and Mowich Lake Services and Facilities Facilities may be closed, or have limited hours or services. Check locally or at nps.gov/mora for facility status. Carbon River Ranger Station Information and Wilderness Permits Camping There is a walk-in campground at Mowich Lake. A backcountry camping permit is required for the Ipsut Creek Campground at Carbon River. Campground information is available on page 2. Located on the “quiet side” of the park, the Carbon River valley showcases ancient forests, deep valleys, waterfalls, and a dynamic, food-prone river that fows from the Carbon Glacier, the lowestelevation glacier in the contiguous United States. Or follow State Route 165 to Mowich Lake, the park’s largest and deepest lake. Look for colorful subalpine wildfowers along its shores. From the picnic area at road’s end, trails lead to subalpine lakes and fower-strewn meadows. Amazing views of the park’s wilderness are your reward for hiking to Tolmie Peak fre lookout. Picnic Picnic tables are located at the Carbon River Ranger Station and Entrance, and along Mowich Lake Road at Paul Peak and Mowich Lake. Carbon River The dynamic, glacier-fed Carbon River continues to braid and change channels as glacial sediment deposits shape its path. Carbon River Entrance Restrooms, picnic tables, and an interpretive trail are available. Stretch your legs on the short 0.3-mile interpretive trail and discover a unique inland rainforest among Sitka spruce, Douglas-fr, western hemlock, and western red cedar. Note that the bridge is out so this is not currently a loop trail. Carbon River Trail This former road is now a trail due to repeated fooding. Hike or bike the trail through this rainforest environment as the forest reveals views of the Carbon River and surrounding mountains. From the parking lot, the trail gains approximately 600 feet in elevation along its 5-mile length; some sections are rough and rocky. Bicycles are not permitted on any other trails in the area or in any of-trail areas. Bicyclists are subject to the same laws as motor vehicles. Travel safely, and always wear a helmet. Chenuis Falls (Moderate, 7.8 miles, 4.5 hours round-trip) Enjoy this trail that leads across the Carbon River on a footlog to the gently cascading Chenuis Falls. From the parking lot, hike or bike 3.7 miles to the trailhead. Check trail conditions at the ranger station. The footlog is subject to wash out. Green Lake (Moderate, 10 miles, 5 hours round-trip) This trail ascends through old-growth forests to a beautiful, clear lake. A short side trail before Green Lake takes you to Ranger Falls. From the parking lot hike or bike 3.2 miles to the trailhead. Mowich Lake Canoes glide across this subalpine lake with the wakes rufing the mountain’s refections. Enjoy the serenity while fshing the deep waters or hiking the nearby trails. The road to Mowich is unpaved after the frst three miles and may be rough. Mowich is reached via State Route 165. Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout (Moderate, 5.6 miles, 3 hours round-trip) The historic fre lookout ofers spectacular panoramic views of Mount Rainier and surrounding areas. Follow the Mowich Lake shore to Ipsut Pass for views of Carbon River Valley, Eunice Lake, and the fnal ascent up Tolmie Peak. The trail begins at the last bend in the road on the Mowich Lake Road, 5.5 miles from the park boundary. Please stay on the main trail near Eunice Lake to protect the fragile environment. Spray Park Trail (Moderate, 6 miles, 4 hours round-trip) Beautiful subalpine meadows with views of Mount Rainier are some of the rewards along this trail. The trail begins on the west side of the Mowich Lake Campground. Take the 0.25-mile spur to Spray Falls, a 300 foot cascading waterfall. Old Mine Trail (Moderate, 3 miles, 2 hours Park Partners round-trip) Explore a trip to the past by peering into the shaft of an open mine at the trail’s end. Hike or bike 1.2 miles from the parking lot to the trailhead. Washington’s National Park Fund wnpf.org Mount Rainier National Park Volunteers www.nps.gov/ mora/getinvolved/ volunteer.htm Washington Trails Association www.wta.org 4 | Mount Rainier National Park | Summer-Fall 2021 Discover Your Northwest www.discovernw.org Visit Rainier visitrainier.com Mount Rainier National Park Associates www.mrnpa.org Mount Rainier Institute www.packforest.org/ mtrainierinstitute/ Southwest: Visit Historic Longmire Deep in the valley of the Nisqually River, the village of Longmire preserves the history of the park’s frst settlement and headquarters. The Longmire Museum is the starting point for the self-guided walking tour of the Longmire Historic District, where you can get a taste of early National Park Service rustic architecture. Follow the Trail of the Shadows to learn about the park’s frst homestead and resort, next to Longmire Meadow’s mineral springs. Between Longmire and Nisqually Entrance, walk the Twin Firs Trail to view lowland old-growth forest; picnic at Kautz Creek to view the aftermath of the 1947 mudfow; or drive to Westside Road to see the dramatic results of fooding and rockfall. For great views of lava layers, glaciers, and deep glacial canyons, stop at the viewpoints along Ricksecker Point Road, between Longmire and Paradise. Bicycle or Hike Westside Road A popular mountain bike route, this gravel road is 13 miles one-way with an elevation gain of approximately 1,120 feet. Bicycles are not permitted on any park trails, or in any of-trail areas. Bicyclists are subject to the same laws as motor vehicles. Travel safely, and always wear a helmet. Twin Firs (Moderate, 0.6 miles, 30 minutes round-trip) Look for the Twin Firs trail on the north side of the road one mile east of Kautz Creek or two miles west of Longmire. This short loop trail climbs through some of the best examples of the immense Douglas-frs that line much of the road between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire. Picnic Picnic tables and restrooms can be found at Kautz Creek, Longmire, and three miles up the road at Cougar Rock Picnic Area. Cougar Rock Campground Situated in pond, a historic cabin, and massive Douglas-fr and western red cedar trees. Perfect for families and nature lovers. Across the road, visit the outdoor information station at the Longmire Museum and ask for Junior Ranger Activity Books, or pick up a to go lunch at the National Park Inn. Rampart Ridge (Strenuous, 4.6 miles, 2.5 hours round-trip) The Rampart Ridge Trail branches of from the west side of the Trail of the Shadows, climbs steeply to the ridge-top, then circles back to Longmire by way of the Wonderland Trail. The lower portions of this trail climb through stands of ancient trees of various ages. Some Douglas-frs on the east side of the loop are around 1,000 years old. Eagle Peak (Strenuous, 7.2 miles, 5 hours round-trip) Cross the Nisqually River on the historic automobile suspension bridge at Longmire to access the trailhead. Eagle Peak ofers panoramic views of the Nisqually Valley and Mount Rainier. The lower portions of the trail climb steeply through stands of ancient Douglas-fr and younger mountain hemlock trees. Carter Falls (Moderate, 2.2 miles, 2 hours round-trip) Stroll along the Paradise River from Cougar Rock Campground to Carter Falls. Forest ages vary from very young to very old, with some stands less than a century old and some more than 700 years old. Christine Falls A viewpoint just of the road gives you a beautiful view of Christine Falls beneath the stone arch of the road bridge. Please pull completely of the road to park in a designated pullout. Walking on the road to view the waterfall can be hazardous. the southwest area of the park, this campground provides easy access to Longmire and Paradise. Campers can quickly jump on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail for a short 2.2-mile round-trip hike to Carter Falls or for longer day hikes try hiking northeast to Narada Falls or southwest to Longmire. Comet Falls and Van Trump Park Trail of the Shadows (Easy, 0.7 miles, 30 takes you to a breathtaking view of Narada Falls, on the Paradise River. On a sunny day, you can often see a rainbow refracted in the cool spray of the falls. minutes round-trip) Across the road from the Longmire Museum and National Park Inn, This easy loop trail takes you through the forested edge of a meadow passing mineral springs, a beaver (Strenuous, 3.6 miles, 2.5 hours round-trip to Comet Falls) Look for a diversity of wildfowers in the forest and rocky canyon environments along this rugged trail, or climb another steep mile beyond the falls to a beautiful subalpine meadow. Narada Falls A short but moderately steep walk It's on the NPS App! Explore Historic Longmire Look for the Longmire Historic District Walking Tour in Things To Do/SelfGuided Tours. Download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play. Longmire Services and Facilities Facilities may be closed, or have limited hours or services. Check locally or at nps.gov/mora for facility status. Longmire Museum Outdoor Information Station Restrooms Located between the Museum and historic gas station. Picnic Area Located next to the gift shop. Wilderness Information Center Information and Wilderness Permits National Park Inn Grab and Go food, Gift Shop, Lodging Camping The Cougar Rock Campground is located northwest of Longmire on Nisqually Road. Campground information is available on page 2. Emergency Longmire Administration Building Dial 911 from any phone located inside the park NPS photo Mount Rainier National Park | Summer-Fall 2021 | 5 South: Explore Paradise It's on the NPS App! Discover Wildfowers Discover Wildfowers is in Things To Do/Scenic Drives on the NPS App. Don't have the app? Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Paradise Services and Facilities Facilities may be closed, or have limited hours or services. Check locally or at nps.gov/mora for facility status. Visitor Center Restrooms, Water Fountain, Outdoor Information Station, Information Boards, Grab and Go Food, Drinks Paradise Inn Grab and Go Food, Sit Down Dinners by reservation only, Gift Shop, Lodging Plaza Restrooms Located off the upper parking lot, adjacent to the main plaza. Picnic Area Located below and across the road from the lower parking lot. Paradise Wilderness Information Center (Guide House) Information and Wilderness Permits Paradise Meadows Besides glaciers, rivers, and forests, this area is rich in history, ofers plenty of hiking, and has breathtaking vistas and a stunning profusion of wildfowers. Avoid crowds and trafc by visiting early or late in the day, or by visiting mid-week. Enjoy the meadows, take in a view of the mountain, or hike the trails. Nisqually Vista (Easy, 1.2 miles, 45 minutes round-trip) Not as steep as most trails at Paradise, this route loops through fower-flled meadows and subalpine frs to a view of the Nisqually Glacier. Myrtle Falls (Easy, 1 mile, 35 minutes roundtrip) The trail to Myrtle Falls gradually climbs through lush meadows to 60-foot Myrtle Falls. You can’t beat this walk for wildfowers or for the drama of cascading water. Keep your eyes and ears open for hoary marmots; they often sunbathe on the rocks above the creek. A network of hiking trails provides access to outstanding wildfower meadows, broad views of Mount Rainier and its glaciers, and routes for skilled climbers attempting to reach the mountain’s summit. Photographers appreciate the high-country scenery at Inspiration Point and Refection Lakes. Hikers looking for less-crowded trails might try the Lakes Trail, Mazama Ridge, and Snow Lake Trail, located just east of Paradise. Consider Nisqually Vista or Myrtle Falls for young hikers, or Alta Vista or Glacier Vista for the more ambitious. Take lots of water and sunscreen! trip) This short hike climbs to the top of Alta Peak for outstanding views of Mount Rainier, the Tatoosh Range, and, in the distance, Mount Adams. Watch for marmots as you pass through the colorful meadows. Picnic Enjoy your picnic at the main picnic area, Skyline Trail (Strenuous, 5.5 miles, 4.5 hours located below the lower parking lot. There are also picnic tables in the plaza outside the visitor center. round-trip) This trail ofers a grand tour of Paradise Meadows, passing Alta Vista, Glacier Vista, Panorama Point, Pebble Creek, and Sluiskin and Myrtle falls. The elevation ranges from 5,400 to 7,000 feet, with wet and dry, exposed and sheltered habitats. Shorter sections of the trail can be done, too. Information Boards Stop at one of the information boards set up around Paradise for trip planning information and maps. Outdoor Information Station To pick Alta Vista via the Alta Vista & Skyline Trails (Moderate, 1.75 miles, 1.25 hours round- Great Mountain Views Mount Rainier can up a brochure or talk to a ranger, look for the information station set up outside the visitor center. Deadhorse Creek (Moderate, 2.5 miles, 1.75 hours round-trip) The fowers in this sheltered canyon bloom later but often more luxuriantly than anywhere else. Loop back on the Skyline Trail or continue on to Glacier Vista. be seen from many locations at Paradise. You may need to move a short distance or wait for some clouds to move, but the parking lots, plazas, and trails all ofer views of the mountain when skies are clear. There is no one best spot to see the mountain, but we recommend the Nisqually Vista Trail or the Alta Vista via the Alta Vista and Skyline Trails. Heads Up! Paradise Area Utility Work Expect traffc and parking impacts in lower Paradise and the Paradise picnic area through early November due to utility work. Please drive slowly and avoid blocking work zones. Tatoosh Range and Autumn Sunset JD Hascup photo 6 | Mount Rainier National Park | Summer-Fall 2021 Best Trails for Waterfall Views Follow one of these hikes to view waterfalls in or near Paradise. Stay safe by not walking or climbing on rocks near waterfalls. Please stay on designated trails. designated a National Historic Landmark District. Notice the massive timbers and local stone blending the buildings with the natural settings and the steeply pitched roofs that shed heavy snow loads. Skyline Trail to Myrtle Falls and view of Sluiskin Falls View Sluiskin Falls northwest of Myrtle Falls from the Skyline Trail just past Myrtle Falls. Paradise Inn, one of the oldest inns in the National Park system, opened in 1917. The natural log architecture and handmade furniture makes a visit here feel like stepping into the past. Former President Harry Truman played the piano in 1945. Paradise to Ruby Falls and Narada Falls (2.2 miles round-trip. 800’ elevation gain, average hiking time: 1.5 hours.) From the southeast corner of the upper parking lot, take the Lakes Trail down. Follow signs for Narada Falls. Enjoy the cascading Ruby Falls before reaching the Narada Falls parking area and viewpoint. Return the same route. Historic Buildings Paradise has long been a destination for people attracted to Mount Rainier. In 1886, early entrepreneurs began providing visitor services at Paradise. Since then, the need for visitor facilities has grown and changed. Much of the 1920's village-like development has been removed throughout the years. Even so, in 1990, the roads, buildings, and trails that remained were Historic Paradise Ranger Station was built in 1921. It is the small building at the top of the parking area. It is not open to the public and is now used for emergency se