10.10.16 Hike of the Week: Alta Vista | Visit Rainier

10.10.16 Hike of the Week: Alta Vista

Area: Paradise
Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Natl. Park Pass
Distance: 1.8mi RT Duration: 1.5 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: Mid-July –Oct High Point: 5,940 Elevation Gain: 550

Features: kid-friendly, wildflowers, alpine views, historical, wildlife viewing, autumn colors

Follow a paved path to a little promontory in Paradise Park for some excellent panoramic viewing. While a tad steep in spots, this trail is ideal for neophyte hikers, visitors to Paradise short on time, and adventurers of all ages and walks of life. You can do this one in running shoes. In summer, Alta Vista bursts with a bounty of colorful wildflower blossoms. In autumn its steep slopes are brushed in deep crimsons and bright oranges. And if this hike’s colorful offerings don’t woo you over—its abundant and whimsical marmots certainly will.

Read the Trail Description