Alta Vista Trail
Mount Rainier National Park

Located 28.9 miles from Buckley, Washington

4 Stars
1,723 Steps 1  (0.8 mi)

The Alta Vista Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,912 ft (1,802 m), a minimum elevation of 5,581 ft (1,701 m), and an elevation gain of 794 ft (242 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Alta Vista Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,7230.8 mi5,581 ft5,912 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
24 min0.1794 ft615 ft
[ B to A ]
23 min0.1615 ft794 ft

What is the length of the Alta Vista Trail?

The length of the Alta Vista Trail is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) or 1,723 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Alta Vista Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the Alta Vista Trail in 24 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 23 min in the [ B to A ] direction.

Alta Vista Trail Topo Maps

Download free Alta Vista Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Mowich Lake, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Sunrise, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: White River Park, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Mount Rainier West, WA
  5. Topo Map: Mount Rainier East, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Chinook Pass, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Wahpenayo Peak, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Tatoosh Lakes, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Ohanapecosh Hot Springs, WA

Is there a Alta Vista Trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Alta Vista Trail is located on the Mount Rainier East topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

Local Weather Forecast

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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