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“Lower Trail to Myrtle Falls and Edith Creek”
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Skyline Trail
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Owner description: With an elevation gain of 1,400 fee, this five-mile hiking trail starts from Paradise to Panorama Point, Stevens-Van Trump Memorial with a final descent into Paradise Valley and Myrtle Falls.
a city by a lake, WA
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“Lower Trail to Myrtle Falls and Edith Creek”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

The "trailhead" is a set of stairs from the Paradise Visitor Center outdoor seating area. We took the trail that goes right and we stayed on the lower portion to Myrtle Falls. I'm not sure of the elevation gain but it wasn't bad. We left my parents (73 and 77) behind thinking they couldn't handle it but I think they could have, slowly.

The Myrtle Falls were pretty. Edith Creek provided a beautiful backdrop (see photos). We crossed the bridge over the creek and continued to where many people were standing. I thought they were just admiring a cobblestone building off in the distance. It turns out there were animals frolicking in the snow near the building. Wouldn't you know we left the binoculars with my parents? Everyone was guessing what they were. I thought marmots, my husband thought some sort of young cat (mountain lion?), someone else thought silver foxes.

This was definitely the most traveled trail that we went on. We were at Paradise for a while and we could see a steady stream of people going up and coming down the steeper trail that seemed to go straight up then wind. This was a nice trail that I would consider easy to moderate because of the grade. It was a nice open trail with beautiful scenery that I would recommend to anyone who visits Rainier!

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Hyderabad, India
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“One can try”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

1 mile round trip from the visitor center up to Myrtle falls is exhilarating. We noticed wild flower meadows, deer and water falls on the way. this is an easy trail and one can trek further to panorama view point with a 4 mile round trip.must be experienced.

Visited July 2014
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“Breathtaking!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

Hiked up to the falls NE of the Visitors Center. Not that difficult and paved all the way. One of the best photo opportunies of the mountain in on the bridge above the falls. Well worth the short hike.

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Southern Outerbanks of NC
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“Hope for reasonably clear skies”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

And the views are unbelievable. Choose your cross trails carefully and it is not as difficult as many guides imply. We are upper 60s and average condition and we could handle it.

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Snow Covered in July”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Third time visiting Mt. Rainier NP and it always impresses. For us infrequent visitors, the thought of 80 degree weather and bright sunshine for many days straight in the middle of July does not jive with 90% of the trail being snow covered; all this is quite evident with throngs of tourists trying to hike the only open trails in regular old gym shoes (the worse we saw were girls in flip flops slushing through the wet snow). Luckily, we were semi-prepared with good hiking boots and were able to hike most of the way up the Skyline trail alongside those who are heading to Camp Muir/ summit. Along the trail you will get a greater appreciation of the glaciers and the snowcapped mountain. The distant views are just stunning every which way you look, from Mt. Adams to Mt. St. Helen to Mt. Hood even, of course those views only gets better as you go further up. For the most part the trail was not too bad, we saw a family with a 6 / 7 year old boy traversing the snow with little difficulty all the way to Panorama Point and a little beyond.
Few tips for those wanting to hike this trail: Wear good hiking boots, aside from the paved trails in the beginning, it’s a really a HIKE UP A MOUNTAIN. Start early and allow lots of time to hike and truly enjoy. Bring things like water, sunscreen, and long sleeve; preferably pack a lunch too. If you want to see the beautiful meadows with flowers in bloom, go in Aug instead (and please please stay on trails and don’t trample the wild flowers!). One of the most fun things we did was to slide down the snow in chutes created by the mountaineers descending, though this is mostly at the Muir Snowfields. Lastly, expect and prepare for weather changes (and maybe hope for changes) so you have opportunity to see the top of Rainer. Check out the Mt. Rainer webcam at www.nps.gov/mora to see conditions and improve your luck.

Visited July 2014
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