Skyline Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
Located 29.1 miles from Buckley, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
12,342 Steps 1  (5.4 mi)


The Skyline Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,788 ft (2,069 m), a minimum elevation of 5,430 ft (1,655 m), and an elevation range of 1,358 ft (414 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
12,3425.4 mi5,430 ft6,788 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.9 hrs108.51,302 ft1,302 ft
[ B to A ]
3.0 hrs108.51,302 ft1,302 ft

What is the length of the Skyline Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.4 mi (8.7 km) or 12,342 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Skyline Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.9 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.0 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Skyline Trail topo map 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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' 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 Skyline trail map?

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



  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 gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.