151 条点评

亚利桑那吉尔伯特35 条分享
So beautiful! Worth the drive!
It looks like a Swiss village at the top!
The weather was perfect. But pack food. We couldn’t find any services besides bathrooms. There are helpful park rangers!
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印第安那Logansport679 条分享
2020年9月 • 夫妻情侣
One of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. Definitely worth the drive. Then the walk up to the falls is a must. Very easy paved trail to walk.
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华盛顿韦纳奇9 条分享
Stunning flowers in peak season, with the stunning Mt. Rainer, looming above. The parking lot fills up fast, so make sure to go early or late in the day. Look out for Mountain goats, marmots, and birds on and around the trail. One can also see surrounding mountains and valleys from the many viewpoints.
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paolo d
意大利博洛尼亚19,705 条分享
Veramente il nome è assolutamente appropriato, sembra di essere in paradiso, una vallata stupenda, come del resto tutta la zona, i prati fioriti si alternano ai boschi ed alle montagne sullo sfondo, tanti animali di vario genere scorrazzano liberamente, anche gli orsi, quindi serve prestare un poco di attenzione. Da non perdere.
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Kannan S
印度班加罗尔21 条分享
This is one beautiful area to have a picnic. Most picnic benches have a view of the mountain. In summer the place is crowded and finding parking is a task. There are a lot of squirrels and grey jays in the area. The jay would eat out of your hand. Dont feed them. leave them to be wild.
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田纳西纳什维尔931 条分享
2019年11月 • 夫妻情侣
We came here the Tuesday after Labor Day and there was still a large crowd. The wildflowers were barely flourishing...obviously the end of the season. The trail was easy for the most part and the flora was varied throughout. Our adult children who are seasoned hikers were gracious to hike a ‘simpler’ but worth it trail.
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英国曼彻斯特118 条分享
Lovely views, nice walk, beautiful wildlife.
Really enjoyed our walk here
Would recommend coming to this park
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新加坡新加坡250 条分享
Almost every part of Paradise Valley left us with wow! wow! WOW!
The colours, variety & density of growth was indescribably beautiful. Timing is key. We were fortunate to be there at the peak in early Aug. Though crowded, the Valley is big enough to accommodate the crowds.
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佛罗里达奥卡拉1,576 条分享
2019年9月 • 夫妻情侣
A great part of Mt Ranier NP. Trails are plentiful with gorgeous vistas of hardwood forests, Meadows, rivers, lakes and mountains.
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伊利诺伊州Palos Heights7,227 条分享
2019年9月 • 夫妻情侣
This is the jumping off (figuratively-speaking) spot for first-time visitors to Mount Rainier National Park and as well as the tour group day-trippers from nearby Seattle. In other words this place can get packed, especially during the high-season of summer wildflower blooming (July-August). Overheard while waiting in line to dine at the Paradise Inn restaurant: in July the traffic from the Nisqually entry to Paradise was bumper-to-bumper. We were here on the off-season and the road was an easy drive but the main parking lot by the inn and visitors’ center was full before noon and we had to drive back down a bit to the lower parking lot. Not a major inconvenience by any means but it is easy to imagine how crazy it must get in the summer. So here are some suggestions after which I will describe our time at Paradise in more detail.

1. Consider visiting in the off-season, even in the depth of winter; the road to Paradise is ploughed clear throughout winter.
2. Stay in the park or nearby (we were based in Ashford just outside the Nisqually entrance) for early and easy access to the trails
3. If driving in from further away plan to get in early, ideally by 8AM during the high season. Alternatively come in late, go somewhere else in the park (Longmire, Grove of the Patriarchs), and come back to Paradise mid- or late-afternoon. Given the long days of summer this should still give enough time to enjoy the valley
4. If you don’t have a National Park pass have $30 in cash ready or pre-purchase a single-vehicle park pass online from Your Pass .com and PRINT IT. Only a paper ticket is accepted; an e-ticket on the phone cannot be scanned and you will have to fork over another $30 to get in. Either of these will get you through the entrance station quicker than paying with a credit card.
5. Be prepared to park elsewhere in the area. Do some research online about alternatives to the Paradise parking lot. The Narada falls just east of Paradise and Reflection Lakes 3 miles west have decent-sized parking lots.
7. Check in with the rangers at the new visitors’ center. They will recommend hikes based on trail conditions, your preference and abilities
6. Be prepared to hike steep slopes. Even though all the trails starting from the Paradise parking lots are paved for a good distance up the side of the mountain there are nevertheless portions where the gradient may be challenging for some.
7. Be prepared for the higher altitude which may or may not be a problem depending on your experience, degree of fitness/conditioning, and medical health. Paradise Inn is at 5240 feet altitude and you will likely be hiking up from there. This about the altitude of Denver so still well-below the off-cited elevation of 8,000 feet at which one might experience altitude sickness.
8. Be prepared to be one of many visitors; there was rarely a sense of solitude on the lower portions of the trail. To think this was during the “shoulder” season. Crowds thinned out the further up one climbed, however
9. Be prepared for Mount Rainier to not show itself. But the weather is fickle and unpredictable. The mountain was completely invisible from Seattle the morning we set out but once we were past the McChord AFB heading south on Rte 7 the mountain was visible again. The clouds descended over it through the afternoon and by evening the mountain was no longer visible even from Paradise Inn. It rained all day on the second day of our visit.
10. Keep an eye (an ear) out for wildlife. Do not feed them. Do not get off the trail to get up close to take pics with your cellphone.

Enough of the pointers. On to our time at Paradise.

This was our first visit to this national park and we had seen the many gorgeous pictures of Paradise valley and its meadows of colorful lupines, Indian paintbrush, fireweed, asters, bear grass, bluebells, lilies among many others. And all against the backdrop of Mt. Rainier in all its glory. We knew not to expect the flowers and we were rightfully worried that the mountain might not even show itself. As it was we were fortunate to have the better part of a day with relatively clear weather, decent views of the lower 3/4s of the mountain and a surprising number of wildlife sightings. Fall season had started, the huckleberry shrubs had started turning red and were laden with berries. The mountain ash leaves had also started turning red and the plants were laden with bright red berries.

It was due to the abundance of berries that we saw all the wildlife. Of course lots of chipmunks were scurrying across the trails and even the parking lot, but I spotted them on the huckleberries munching on the berries. Up on the Alta Vista trail they approached hikers, obviously (and unfortunately) habituated to humans and accustomed to hand-outs. It turned out these were not chipmunks but a relative, the golden-mantled ground squirrel. The latter is large but the easiest way to distinguish them is by facial stripes; chipmunks have black and white facial stripes. Both have stripes on the back but the chipmunks’ stripes extend the entire back through to the tail. The golden-mantled ground squirrel has stripes only mid-back.

Well-camouflaged but given away by the shaking of the bushes, a pair of female sooty grouse were also busy feeding on huckleberry. They were nor more than 10-15 feet from the trail. One briefly looked up from the and stared at me, head cocked to one side, before resuming feeding.

We had heard intermittent whistling higher up on the mountainside and wondered who was making the sound. We soon discovered that the hoary marmots were particularly busy that day, also feeding and calling out to each other. There were no raptors that we could see soaring overhead so maybe they were warning fellow marmots of crazy mobile-phone toting tourists getting into their faces to take pictures. We saw one couple get off the trail to cross the meadow to a rock where a marmot was calling out. It had to flee. One marmot had decided to munch on lupines right along the trail which made it a natural target for hikers to get really close for pictures. I always lug a big zoom lens for trips like this so I was able to take close-up shots from across the trail. These close cousins of the ground squirrels do truly like to perch on rocks primarily as vantage points to keep an eye out for danger. Marmots live in burrows and one was standing guard at the entry right on the edge of a trail and was again the focus of attention of passing hikers.

The highlight of our wildlife encounter came courtesy of fellow hikers descending Skyline to Alta Vista advising us to look downhill to our left as we climbed and keep an eye out for a black bear. We were able to spot it far below us at the bottom of the slope. It was busy feeding, head down in the shrubs presumably eating all the berries it could find.

There were some flowers still in bloom in the meadows such as Cascade asters, Pearly everlasting, individual flowers of magenta paintbrush, and the fuzzy/hairy seed pods of the pasqueflower. Along the road I spotted clumps of Canadian goldenrod, scarlet paintbrush and even fireweed. In the woods of Nisqually trail there were still some delicate white foamflowers in bloom.

Incidentally those same woods were full of different kinds of mushrooms including boletus, classic toadstool (Amanita muscaria or fly agaric), death cap (A. phalloides).

The multi-hued wildflower meadows may have passed but there was still intense color to be had, in the red-orange spectrum, courtesy of the huckleberry and Sitka mountain ash. It was quite intense in areas, a stark contrast to the lush green foliage elsewhere.

Of course, towering over it all is Mount Rainier with its numerous glaciers. The most visible is Nisqually best viewed - of course - from Nisqually trail which happened to start from the lower parking lot. You can see the river pouring out from the ice cave at the terminus of the glacier. The lower part of the glacier is is completely covered by debris. To the left is the Wilson Glacier; the upper part flows into the Nisqually and the glacier ends at a cliff where it gives rise to a waterfall. To the right is a flat expanse of white, the Muir Snowfield. This is a permanent accumulation of snow and ice but, unlike a glacier, a snowfield is static. It does not have the mass to create the internal pressure to cause plastic flow at the rock surface. Numerous waterfalls poured down a cliff below the snowfield. Above it, when the clouds cleared, one could see the mass of Gibraltar Rock towards the peak, then the spine of Cathedral Rock just below and to the right of Gibraltar. A little further off to the right was the sharp triagle of Anvil Rock.

Lastly, do not forget to look across the valley at the jagged (“toothy”) peaks of the Tatoosh range. The pyramidal peak dominating the view from the parking lot is Pinnacle Peak, to the left is the flat peak of Castle mountain. To the right of Pinnacle is Plummer. If it weren’t for Mount Rainier the Tatoosh would be the star of Paradise valley and they still make a worthy backdrop for pictures of flower-filled meadows.
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