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Glacier Vista Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise
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Length

2.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 6330 ft.

Rating

3.12 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 
 

Glacier Vista snowshoe is a shorter alternative to Panorama Point snowshoe, and the views from Glacier Vista are as good as those from Panorama Point. You can see all of the Tatoosh Range, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens on a clear day, maybe even as far as Mount Hood on a really clear day. Mount Rainier is of course right in your face.

You start from Paradise parking lot, which is usually open year-round, though in winter chains are required to drive up the road from Longmire. Follow the trail between Jackson Visitor Center and Climbing Information Center towards Mount Rainier. There should be a clear track because this is a popular snowshoeing route. You may snowshoe anywhere except when the snow accumulation is low.

At 1.1 miles, you veer left towards Glacier Vista while many other snowshoers veer right to start climbing a steep slope towards Panorama Point. Soon you will reach Glacier Vista. Enjoy the views of snow-capped mountains. If you have extra time and energy, follow other snowshoers to Panorama Point. Otherwise return the way you came.

 

Glacier Vista Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7862, -121.7360 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

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Getting There

From Tacoma, take Highway 7 S/Mountain Hwy E/Pacific Ave S for 30 miles until you reach Elbe. After Elbe, WA-7 S splits south (right), while you proceed straight onto WA-706. Continue for 15 miles. After entering Mount Rainier National Park through the Nisqually entrance, 706 will turn into Paradise Rd E. 17 miles from the park entrance you will reach your destination, Paradise Upper Parking Lot.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 

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