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Paradise Backcountry Runnels in Mount Rainier National Park

Inside Mount Rainier National Park, this area of Paradise offers a unique winter experience unlike any other. The road to Paradise is plowed throughout the snowy season and you'll be met with glorious views of Mount Rainier and the entire south side of the park as you trek through the backcountry. When there's rain that falls upon the snowpack, these zig-zagging, water-created lines called runnels can be visible. It's a sight you definitely don't want to miss capturing on your camera, let alone seeing with your own two eyes!



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Public Location


Anytime (check the website before visiting depending on road conditions https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/paradise.htm)


$25-$30 for National Park Entrance


  • Wide-angle lens (35mm)
  • 10 Essentials
  • Layers of clothing
  • Thermos of hot tea or coffee

How to get there

N46° 47' 08.1492"W121° 44' 07.7892"
This image of the Paradise backcountry runnels was taken inside Mount Rainier National Park. After you reach the Paradise parking lot (46.776818, -121.737128), you'll want to snowshoe, walk or ski east along Paradise Road (which will be closed for cars in the winter). Note: this area of the road is only for those who are experienced in the snow. Along Paradise Road, closer to the Mazama Ridge Trailhead (46.790070, -121.726640), is a basin of snowy trees. Follow the GPS coordinates and you'll be led to this basin, which is where this photo was captured. For more information on visiting, visit their website: www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/paradise.htm


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