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Upper Skyline

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (8)

Reaching the spectacular Panorama Point viewpoint truly gives the sense of a high alpine adventure


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

66%

Runnable

7,040' 2,146 m

High

6,767' 2,063 m

Low

273' 83 m

Up

254' 78 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

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Runner Notes

This is a good way to avoid running on the slippery steep snow on the northern parts of the Skyline Trail.

Description

The Upper Skyline Trail is a useful alternative if the normal Skyline route is too steep or snowy for safe travel. Using the Upper Skyline Trail adds about 250 feet of ascent and descent but avoids a long snowfield crossing. From the junction with the Skyline Trail, head north and uphill over a rocky patch of ground. Clamber over steep terrain which eventually levels out upon turning west and crossing a few small snowy patches. Reach another rocky crest near where the Pebble Creek Spur provides access to the Pebble Creek Trail. Pass these by and continue south and downhill towards Panorama Point and the terminus of the Upper Skyline Trail where it rejoins Skyline.

Take some time to soak in the superb views from Panorama Point. These huge vistas encompass Paradise Valley, the jagged Tatoosh Range, Mount Adams, Mount Saint Helens and even Oregon's Mt. Hood.

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Megan W

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  4.5 from 8 votes

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in Paradise

#5643

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#4

in Paradise

#248

in Washington

#5,643

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Photos

View of Mount Rainier from the Upper Skyline Trail.
Jul 31, 2019 near Greenwater, WA
Fickle mountain weather.
Dec 17, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Skyline Trail's there, but it's covered by snow
Jul 21, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Panorama Point as seen from the Skyline Trail.
Dec 22, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Leaving the High Skyline Trail for the Pebble Creek Trail
Jul 22, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Mt. Rainier from the Panorama Point (photo by Frank Kovalchek)
Jul 25, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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