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Panorama Point Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise
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Length

5.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 7070 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
 
 

The route to Panorama Point in the snow can vary depending on how much snow is on the mountain, and how many other visitors have tromped a path up the hillside. One thing is certain -- you'll want to consult the Paradise Green Trails map No. 270S, which includes both summer and snowshoe routes for the area.

From the parking lot at Paradise, head onto the snow, passing the large restroom building where there will likely be climbers gearing up for an ascent. Hiking straight towards Rainier's summit block, you're following the Skyline Trail. After an initial push uphill, the trail grade becomes more gentle, traversing west and passing Myrtle Falls.

Here the trail reaches a flat part, with Edith Creek in a basin to your left. Straight ahead is a steep slope favored by skiers heading downhill. A trail may switchback across this face, but its grade means it has a high likelihood of sliding, particularly in less-than-ideal snow conditions.

In fact, the safer route from here can be found by going left, crossing Edith Creek (carefully), then heading uphill, over the lower ridge, turning right toward the mountain, and going up a steep slope on the right.

Most snowshoers and skiers take this route, so unless you are visiting just after a big dump of snow, it's likely there will be tracks following the route described above.

By following that route, you'll take a more direct route to Panorama Point. Upon cresting the ridge, you're at Panorama Point. The views from here are matchless. Look for Mounts Adams, Hood, and St. Helens, and the black crags of the Tatoosh Range.

 

Panorama Point Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7829, -121.7284 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

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Getting There

Enter the west (Nisqually) entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, 13.5 miles east of Elbe on State Route 706. Drive 17 miles to the lower parking lot at Paradise. Park here. 300 yards further is the Visitor Center and upper parking lot.

There is room for about 200 vehicles in each of the parking lots, plus more parking beyond the upper lot on the one-way exit road. The Visitor Center has restrooms, food, water, information, and much more.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Closed 11.9.21: The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season. It will reopen in the spring depending on weather.
 

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