Nisqually Vista Trail

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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Nisqually Vista Trail

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  • Mount Rainier (14,411') from the Nisqually Vista Trail.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') from the Nisqually Vista Trail.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Nisqually Vista Trail.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Wetland stream off of the Nisqually Vista Trail.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Falls across the Nisqually River canyon.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Terminus of the Nisqually Glacier and River.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') from the Nisqually Vista Trail.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Sunset view of Mount Rainier (14,411') and the Nisqually Glacier and River.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Sunset view of Mount Rainier (14,411') from the Nisqually Vista Trail.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Nisqually Vista Trail.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • View south toward the Tatoosh Range: The Castle (left) and Pinnacle Peak (6,562').- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • Sunset view along the Nisqually Vista Trail.- Nisqually Vista Trail
  • View of Pinnacle Peak (6,562'), a part of the Tatoosh Range, at sunset.- Nisqually Vista Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic vistas of Mount Rainier, Nisqually Glacier and River. Easy hike suitable for all visitors.
Cons: 
Heavily used trail.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,400.00 ft (1,645.92 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If there's one destination that all visitors to Mount Rainier National Park long to see, it's the wildflower-filled subalpine meadows of Paradise Park. The most accessible way to enjoy this truly impressive and stunning mountain landscape is to jump on one of two trails, the short jaunt to Myrtle Falls or the short, 1-mile loop trail.

Nisqually Vista Trail has an old paved path that winds through lush meadows and stands of Pacific silver fir, subalpine fir, and mountain hemlock to eventually reach several overlooks with panoramic views of the quickly retreating Nisqually Glacier and Mount Rainier itself.

For the most vivid scenery, a hike at dusk or dawn will be most rewarding as the upper slopes of the giant volcano and cornice of Point Success (Mount Rainier's second highest point at 14,148 feet) illuminate with alpenglow.

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