Sluiskin Falls

SluiskinFalls - KS

Sluiskin Falls is considered by many to be the best waterfall in the Paradise basin. It is named to honor Sluiskin, the reluctant Native American guide that guided P.B van Trump and party on the first recorded ascent of Mount Rainier. The waterfall is 155 feet high and 50 feet wide; a dramatic example of a veiling horsetail waterfall. The waterfall drops down the headwall of the Paradise valley; there is no way to get close to the waterfall due to difficult topography and cross-country travel isn’t allowed in Paradise Valley. It is best viewed from the Paradise Loop Road (past the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center parking lot).

Height: 155 feet | Form: Horsetail | Number of Drops: 1

Source Stream: Paradise River | Access: Moderate Hike

Location:  46.79337 N, -121.71712 W

Directions: Located in the Paradise area at Mount Rainier National Park, follow the road past the parking lots at Paradise continuing on the one-way Paradise Valley Road. At the bottom of the first hill, cross the Paradise River and park in the parking lot on the right, after the bridge. Follow the 4th Crossing Trail, across from the parking area for 0.3 miles to the Skyline Trail. Turn right, and continue 0.8 miles to the Paradise Glacier Trail. Stay on the Skyline Trail, cross the Paradise River and climb up the trail to several viewpoints looking down on the falls.