Silver Falls Trail

#4 in Best Things To Do in Mount Rainier National Park
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Price & Hours

Free

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Hiking, Recreation, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

This 3-mile round-trip trail, which begins from the Ohanapecosh Campground, takes visitors to gorgeous Silver Falls and is relatively flat and easy to hike, making it popular with families. The trail follows the river to the falls, crosses a bridge and then loops back to the campground. Visitors call the view of the falls "spectacular" and "beautiful."

There are two other shorter trails visitors can take to get to the falls. If you park at the pullout on the west side of Route 123 (a little less than 2 miles north of the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center), a half-mile walk leads to the falls. There is also a 1-mile trail from Stevens Canyon Road, which begins west of the Stevens Canyon Entrance, across from the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead.

Access to the trail is included in park admission. For more information on current trail conditions, visit the NPS website.

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Paradise, which is located at an elevation of 5,400 feet, is a great place to start your park visit and where you'll find the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center, the main visitor center for the park. It offers general information, exhibits, a park film, guided ranger programs, a gift store and a cafeteria. In the summer, this area is ideal for wildflower viewing, and in winter, this is the main area for activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and tubing. The historic Paradise Inn, which is usually open from mid-May to early October, is also located in this area, as is the Guide House, where climbers can obtain permits and hiking and backcountry camping information.

Visitors call the area "breathtaking" and "gorgeous," especially in peak wildflower season (July to August). Paradise also gets high marks for its visitor center and ranger programs. The only downside is that since it is so popular, parking can be hard to come by and you may experience long waits, according to some previous visitors.

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