||Hike Type: Mountain views||Pass: Natl. Park Pass|
|Distance: 5.6 mi RT||Duration: 3.5 hrs||Difficulty Level: Moderate|
|Snow-Free: mid-July –Oct||High Point: 6,400||Elevation Gain: 1,000|
Features: kid-friendly, wildflowers, alpine views, historical, wildlife viewing
The Paradise Ice Caves were one of the most popular features in Mount Rainier National Park. But that was decades ago, before a changing climate claimed this fascinating frozen feature. The trail that once lead to the caves however is still in place—and now it only sees a fraction of the number of hikers than from its heyday. So, hike this trail for solitude. But its breathtaking close-up views of the mountain and the Paradise Glacier are enticing too. There’s also a sparkling tarn along the way, and a slew of waterfalls to keep you mesmerized as well.