Mount Rainier National Park is one of my favorite places in Washington. We’ve made several day trips down to Paradise Visitor Center, which is about a 2.5-3 hour drive from Seattle. Below are some posts on several of our favorite hikes in that area, and I’ll be adding to this page as we are able to explore more!
Narada Falls and Reflection Lake
Narada Falls is an easy hike right next to the road up to Paradise Visitor Center, one of the best spots in Mount Rainier National Park. Make a quick stop to see the falls on your way up, or connect it with a loop out to see Reflection Lake. Great easy-moderate hike to get some gorgeous views!
Skyline Trail ~ Wildflowers Blooming
This 5.5 mile loop is one of my favorites in Washington. Amazing views up close to Mount Rainier, and if you get a clear day, views of the surrounding Cascades as well. In July and August this trail will be filled with gorgeous wildflowers!
Skyline Trail ~ Hiking in the Snow
We visited the Skyline Trail in late June and found the trail still partly covered in snow. It was a completely different experience than the year before with wildflowers, and we had so much fun!
Winter at Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park has so much to offer any time of the year. We drove up on Black Friday a couple years ago and got some beautiful views with the mountain completely covered in snow. Narada Falls looks pretty cool when it’s frozen over, too!
A short but challenging hike to an impressive 392-foot waterfall. Trailhead is located on the way up to Paradise Visitor Center.