"Paradise Area: Myrtle Falls" Mount Rainier National Park Things to Do Tip by glabah

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  Myrtle Falls through a Gap in the Trees
by glabah

Located approximately 1 mile from the very popular Paradise visitor's center area, Myrtle Falls is a good destination to test your abilities at higher elevation before tackling a more ambitious trail in the park. The trail is paved the entire distance, and is reasonably easy. However, it should be noted that the trail is also very steep, and it is after all at a starting point some 5,400 feet (1,647 meters) and climbs steeply from there. If you start feeling the altitude slow down and don't rush yourself. High altitude sickness results in making poor decisions as one of its side effects, and you don't want to go from bad to worse - even this close to a very popular visitor's center.

The trail starts just uphill from the visitor's center.

The falls themselves are a rather attractive but small cascade down the side of one of the steep canyons. Due to the popularity of the place it is hard to see the falls, as they are visible from only one small view point, that typically has a large number of people stopped at it and making it difficult for anyone else to actually see the falls. However, if you are patient, you will be eventually rewarded with a view of the falls.

Directions: Trail starts behind Paradise Visitor's Center / Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor's Center. Enter at Nisqually Entrance and follow most popular road in the Park. You can't miss it.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/mora/

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  • Written Oct 31, 2011
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