No pigeons cooing on the ledges of this skyscraper. Instead, you might see eagles or mountain goats as you approach the mountain’s easily attainable 7,078-foot summit. Start from Sunrise Visitor Center and head along Wonderland Trail, which cuts across alpine tundra and through meadows of asters and lupine. Marmots whistle encouragement as you hike 1,000 feet up to the short boot-beaten path to Skyscraper Mountain. Though the windswept summit feels a bit precipitous, it’s as safe as peering from behind the guardrail atop the Empire State Building, with 360-degree views of Rainier Park’s finest: the West Fork of the White River and lush green of Berkeley Park below, Sluiskin Mountain, and of course, Mount Rainier herself.
Insider Tip No shade and no shelter—avoid in bad weather.
Distance from Downtown 100 miles
Permits and Passes *National Park Entrance fee; dogs prohibited.
*Map Green Trails no. 270 Mt Rainier East