Skyline Trail – Mt. Rainier National Park

What an incredible week! We had my sister visit from down south and were able to show her around our favorite places, and discover some new ones.

One trail that we (Zach mostly) had been wanting to try was the Skyline Trail at Mt. Rainier National Park. It is a 5.2 loop with 1700ft elevation gain and it is incredible. It’s rough, but definitely worth the views at the top.

Hike Information:

Location: Mt. Rainier National Park, SW, Longmire/Paradise, Washington

Length: 5.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 1450 ft.

Difficulty: Moderate, but can be difficult for those out of shape.

Tips: Bring snacks, a hat and sunscreen, take breaks


The hike starts from the Paradise Visitor Center and is paved until about half-way up when it gets more rocky. There were lots of wildflowers along the route that made the meadows extremely pretty.

The day we went did happen to be a clear day, which made for a great hike pay-off but also an extremely hot hike. Pro tip: get a hat, lots of sunscreen, and make sure you have plenty of water before starting this hike. 

We all really loved hiking this new-to-us trail and can’t wait to check out some more at our local National Parks. 🙂

Emiline enjoying the views at the top.
We made it!
Mountains for days!
On the way up, an unobstructed view of Mt Rainier and her glaciers.
Mt. Rainier in all her glory

We loved this trail. It was a bit difficult for me (Chelsea) with the uphill, but I would definitely hike this one over and over. It was beautiful.

Much love.


Author: Chelsea Yell

I write for fun and to keep up with memories I make with others.

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