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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