|Paradise area Photo Opportunities|
[See guide below for information about the location.]
Guide to Map
Note about map display.-- Many of the locations are centered around the Paradise and Jackson Visitors Center area, and as such will overlap the display icons for the locations. You can center and enlarge that area to see the many locations in that area.
Note on length of trails.-- The mileage on the length of the trails are one-way unless noted, such as "loop" or "roundtrip" meaning there are multiple trails to and from the trailheads, common with trails in the Paradise and Jackson Visitors Center area.
Photo Op Location Guide
The photo op locations are catagorized as:
Vista, offering panoramic views from lookouts, peaks, turnouts, scenic stops, etc.;
View, offering views of natural environment, such as forests, creeks, lakes, glaciers, etc.;
Waterfall, offering views of commonly known or easily accessible waterfalls;
Open Area, offering views of meadows and open alpine or glacier environments.
Note about .-- The "information window" for each location has the following information:
The Paradise area is accessed through any one of three entrances, the Nisqually (southwest) entrance, the Ohanapecosh (southeast) entrance, and the White River (northeast) entrance. This means the conditions at Paradise, besides its own access and conditions, is dependent on the conditions through any of the three entrances, as noted below.
Nisqually Entrance, is open to Paradise. The Paradise Valley Road and the Stevens Canyon Road closes with the first snowfall. The NPS has been repairing and repaving the highway between the Nisqually entrance and Paradise. This work is suspended for August and September to resume in October, so there will be altered traffic patterns in September but no delays. The delays will return in October until the end of the work for the season.
Ohanapecosh Entrance, Highway 123 from the NP entrance to Cayuse pass is open until closed for the season later in November. The Stevens Canyon Road will close in November or the first heavy snowfall. The Ohanopecosh visitors center is closed for the season and the campground closes in October.
White River Entrance, Highway 410 is open to Cayuse Pass and Chinook pass until closed for the season later in November. The White River entrance closes in October. The campground closes September 30. The road to Sunrise from White River campground closes in October. The Sunrise vistor facilities closes in September.
Notes.-- All the trails will be snow-free through September and possibly through October when the seasonal snow begins in the mid-to-upper elevations in November. You should always check the NPS Website for the latest trail conditions. You should always be prepared with your gear, be flexible with your plans and have emergency equipment.
For the Paradise area, at 5,2,00 feet elevation, expect fall mountain weather from cool and overcast with chances of occasional rain to warm and sunny during the day and cool to cold at night through October.
Resources.--Below are sources for additional information about Mt. Rainier and the NP.
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