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248 mi 400 km of trail 34 Featured Hikes

Gems 17 Gems Easy Trails 28 Trails Intermediate Trails 57 Trails Hard Trails 8 Trails

Ascending 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S. spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier's lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park's ecosystems, thriving in the wide diversity of environments. A lifetime of discovery awaits.

To learn more about Mount Rainier National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Call the park at 1-360-569-2211 to confirm road and facility status or check the website for current information.
  • Longmire Museum: Hours vary by season. Open year round.
  • Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise: Hours vary by season. Open year round, but weekends-only in the winter (generally October-May).
  • Ohanapecosh Visitor Center: Hours vary by season. Generally open late May through early October.
  • Sunrise Visitor Center: Hours vary by season. Generally open July through early September.

Visiting Tips

Mount Rainier National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. During the winter, vehicle access to Mount Rainier is only available from the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park on the way to Paradise. The Carbon River Entrance is open, but the road within the park boundary is limited to foot and bicycle traffic.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Most campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. You can reserve sites at the Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh Rock campgrounds by visiting www.recreation.gov. If you plan to use the group sites at Cougar Rock or Ohanapecosh campgrounds between Memorial Day weekend and Columbus Day, you must make reservations.

  • Cougar Rock: Group sites are also available. Open late May to late September.
  • Ohanapecosh: Group sites are also available. Open late May to late September.
  • White River: Open late June to late September.
  • Mowich Lake: Must self-register at campground kiosk. Tents only. Open early July to early October.

There are two hotels located inside Mount Rainier National Park. Reserve a room online at Mount Rainier Guest Services or call 360-569-2275 for more information.

  • National Park Inn: Open year round. The Inn has 25 guest rooms, a full-service dining room, a general store, and a post office.
  • Paradise Inn: Open mid May through early October. The Paradise Inn has 121 guest rooms, a gift shop, post office, café, and full-service dining room.

Food & Drink

Mount Rainier Guest Services operates two restaurants, two snack bars, a cafe, and a small general store within the park. Click here for current operating hours and more information about these facilities.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Mount Rainier offers a wide variety of ranger-led programs. Most ranger-led programs are offered in the summer months, typically July-September, in locations throughout the park. However, guided snowshoe walks and other programs are offered in the winter at Paradise. Visit the park's website for more information on the current programs and to check out the event calendar.

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

Other Activities

Mount Rainier National Park offers excellent opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, bicycling, camping, fishing, boating, and mountain climbing. Climbing Mount Rainier is a serious undertaking, even by its easiest routes, but with the proper planning, it offers an up-close view of the majestic mountain for which the park is named. Also, be sure to check out the many options for nearby rock climbing. In the winter, grab a pair of snowshoes to explore the trails or hit one of the designated snow play areas to go sledding.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download free park brochures or visitor guides, click here.

Gems in Mount Rainier National Park - 17

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gem Favorite Hikers walk on the trail that leads to the Grove of the Patriarchs.

Grove of the Patriarchs

(24) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Bench Lake at  Mount Rainier National Park

Bench and Snow Lake

(17) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite September morning at Reflection Lake in Mt Rainier National Park.

Reflection Lakes

(21) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Spray Falls

Spray Falls

(11) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Hiker looking out from Panorama Point while cresting the Skyline Trail. Mount St. Helens looms in the distance.

Panorama Point

(15) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Comet Falls, Mt Rainier National Park

Comet Falls

(15) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Looking toward the Nisqually Glacier from the Glacier Vista Trail.

Nisqually Glacier Vista

(15) Greenwater, WA
gem Favorite This mountain's scale in incomprehensible...

Sunrise Park and Emmons Vista Overlook

(15) Eatonville, WA

Featured Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park - 34

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Favorite Mt. Rainier towards the beginning of the Skyline Trail.
Intermediate

Skyline Trail

5.3 mi 8.6 km • Loop • 1,493 ft Ascent 454.98 m Ascent

(85) Eatonville, WA
Favorite Experience wildflower scents for days along the Tolmie Peak Trail.
Intermediate

Tolmie Peak

5.6 mi 9.0 km • Loop • 1,295 ft Ascent 394.78 m Ascent

(37) Eatonville, WA
Favorite Tipsoo Lake during a July sunset in Mt Rainier National Park.
Easy/Intermediate

Naches Peak Loop

3.6 mi 5.9 km • Loop • 608 ft Ascent 185.3 m Ascent

(32) Eatonville, WA
Favorite September morning at Reflection Lake in Mt Rainier National Park.
Difficult

Wonderland Trail

83.5 mi 134.4 km • Loop • 24,989 ft Ascent 7616.62 m Ascent

(28) Eatonville, WA
Favorite Great Sunrise on Mt. Rainier from the approach trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Spray Park

6.5 mi 10.5 km • Loop • 1,627 ft Ascent 495.85 m Ascent

(21) Eatonville, WA
Favorite Mt. Rainier towards the beginning of the Skyline Trail.
Difficult

Camp Muir

8.8 mi 14.1 km • Loop • 4,594 ft Ascent 1400.19 m Ascent

(20) Eatonville, WA
Favorite Sun coming through the clouds hitting Silver Falls on a cool morning in Mt. Rainier National Park
Easy/Intermediate

Silver Falls Loop

2.9 mi 4.6 km • Loop • 440 ft Ascent 134.17 m Ascent

(16) Tieton, WA
Favorite Late summer at Christine Falls in Mt Rainier National Park.
Intermediate/Difficult

Comet Falls

4.6 mi 7.4 km • Out and Back • 1,919 ft Ascent 584.82 m Ascent

(21) Eatonville, WA

Trails in Mount Rainier National Park - 59

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0.3 mi 0.5 km #1Grove of the Patriarchs
Easy
Eatonville, WA
Easy
0.3 mi 0.5 km Eatonville, WA 22 
2.7 mi 4.4 km #2Comet Falls Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
2.7 mi 4.4 km Eatonville, WA 11 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #3Silver Forest
Easy
Eatonville, WA
Easy
1.0 mi 1.6 km Eatonville, WA
3.9 mi 6.2 km #4Burroughs Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
3.9 mi 6.2 km Eatonville, WA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #5Mount Fremont Trail
Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate
1.4 mi 2.2 km Eatonville, WA
2.2 mi 3.5 km #6Muir Snowfield
Extremely Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Extremely Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Eatonville, WA
0.1 mi 0.1 km #7Emmons Vista Trail
Easy
Eatonville, WA
Easy
0.1 mi 0.1 km Eatonville, WA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8Upper Skyline
Intermediate/Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Eatonville, WA
0.7 mi 1.2 km #9Narada Falls
Easy/Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Easy/Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km Eatonville, WA
16.0 mi 25.7 km #10Northern Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Buckley, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
16.0 mi 25.7 km Buckley, WA
0.5 mi 0.9 km #11Sunrise Rim
Easy/Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Easy/Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.9 km Eatonville, WA
3.0 mi 4.9 km #12Naches Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Easy/Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.9 km Eatonville, WA
1.9 mi 3.0 km #13Gobblers Knob
Intermediate/Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
1.9 mi 3.0 km Eatonville, WA
0.1 mi 0.2 km #14Spray Falls Spur
Easy
Eatonville, WA
Easy
0.1 mi 0.2 km Eatonville, WA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #15Green Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Buckley, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
1.5 mi 2.4 km Buckley, WA
7.2 mi 11.6 km #16Spray-Seattle Park
Intermediate/Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
7.2 mi 11.6 km Eatonville, WA
4.2 mi 6.7 km #17Sourdough Ridge
Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate
4.2 mi 6.7 km Eatonville, WA
1.2 mi 2.0 km #18Third Burroughs Trail
Intermediate
Greenwater, WA
Intermediate
1.2 mi 2.0 km Greenwater, WA
1.2 mi 1.9 km #19South Puyallup
Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Difficult
1.2 mi 1.9 km Eatonville, WA
4.2 mi 6.8 km #20Lake Eleanor
Easy/Intermediate
Buckley, WA
Easy/Intermediate
4.2 mi 6.8 km Buckley, WA

Photos of Mount Rainier National Park - 386

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Tipsoo Lake during a July sunset in Mt Rainier National Park.
Jul 22, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
September morning at Reflection Lake in Mt Rainier National Park.
Apr 17, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
Nisqually River in October along the Carter Falls Trail in Mt Rainier National Park
Apr 17, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
Looking across the Chinook Pass highway towards Sourdough Ridge
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Experience wildflower scents for days along the Tolmie Peak Trail.
Feb 3, 2017 near Buckley, WA
Mt. Rainier from a tarn on the way up to Plummer Peak Near The Pinnacle Peak Trail
Dec 30, 2018 near Greenwater, WA
Mt. Rainier and Eunice Lake From Tolmie Peak Lookout Tower
Dec 30, 2018 near Buckley, WA
Late summer at Christine Falls in Mt Rainier National Park.
Apr 17, 2016 near Eatonville, WA

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