ElevationAscent: 533' 163 m
Descent: -533' -163 m
High: 5,926' 1,806 m
Low: 5,393' 1,644 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“This paved path enables more people to experience spectacular views and wildflower displays.”— Megan W
Run through partially wooded open slopes past the spaghetti bowl of trails near the base. Soon the chaos of the visitor center area recedes and you approach the "head" of the lollipop where you must choose which branch to take. There is often a sizable snowfield amid fields of wildflowers here. Taking the loop in the counterclockwise direction points you directly at Rainier for up-close views of this behemoth. Contour around the hillside, sometimes crossing small patches of snow.
At the northernmost tip of the lollipop, the Alta Visa Spur Trail keeps going north to join the Skyline Trail. Ignore this spur and turn back south for some wonderfully scenic ridge-top travel. From here views of Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier are great. Marvel at the views down into the valleys and south towards the rugged Tatoosh Range. Descend the rocky hillside with a couple of switchbacks and arrive back at the base of the lollipop where the two Alta Vista branches diverged. From here, retrace your steps back to the parking area using the "stem" of the lollipop.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park