Myrtle Falls

Mount Rainier National Park

Reach a stunning view of Myrtle Falls framed by Mount Rainier.

Hiking Easy

Distance
1.5 km
Ascent
51 m
Descent
51 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
1.7 km
Gradient
Myrtle Falls Map

This short hike along the Skyline Trail to the Myrtle Falls overlook is one of the most popular easy hikes in Mount Rainier's Paradise area. The trailhead for this hike is directly accessible from the main Paradise Visitor Center parking lot. Paradise is by far the most popular area of the national park, so be sure to arrive early to score a parking spot.

Description

Myrtle Falls is a beautiful 72-foot-tall cascade framed by Mount Rainier in the background. This stunning view of both the most prominent mountain in the Lower 48 plus an incredible waterfall makes this overlook one of the most popular spots for photographers in Mount Rainier National Park. "Expect to mingle with photographers bristling with tripods," quips VisitRainier.com.

The hike itself is an easy 0.4 miles one-way along a paved trail. To reach the viewpoint, you'll have to take a side trail that descends a steep staircase.

Sources: https://visitrainier.com/myrtle-falls/ https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/myrtle-falls https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/day-hiking-at-mount-rainier.htm

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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