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Paradise Snowplay Area Opens December 23

Due to recent snow events, Mount Rainier National Park anticipates opening the snowplay area at Paradise this Friday, December 23. The Jackson Visitor Center will also open for daily operations starting Wednesday, December 21 through Monday, January 2.

Video: People of Rainier – Mountaineering Legends

Growing up in the shadow of Rainier - or 'Tahoma' as it is known in the Lushootseed language - Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribal Member Jeffrey Thomas has spent much of his life reacquainting himself with his historical homelands and working to protect them.

Mount Rainier National Park – Winter Access Update

Mount Rainier National Park welcomes you to come enjoy the great outdoors this holiday weekend. Winter conditions are arriving, so the park advises visitors to plan ahead and prepare for potential conditions.

Video: People of Rainier – Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa

Here we get to know Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa who grew up in the mountains of Nepal and moved to the Rainier region in 2008. He has climbed Everest 15 times - including a speed record of under 11 hours - and has summited Mount Rainier 94 times...and counting.

Paradise Road Transitions to Nightly Closures for Winter Season

Winter will officially arrive at the mountain tonight with snow forecast to the 3000’ elevation. The road between Longmire and Paradise has officially transitioned to winter hours of operation due to expected snow accumulation. Beginning immediately the roa...

Video: Find Yourself at Rainier

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Find yourself at Mt. Rainier. Here, a wanderlust-filled traveler finds friends, beauty and love as he discovers the wonders of the Rainier Region.

Video: Bring the Whole Family

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Here we focus on family. From the waters of the Puget Sound to the forests and vistas of 'The Mountain', the Rainier region offers the beauty and recreational opportunities for the ultimate family vacation experience.

11.7.16 Hike of the Week: Rampart Ridge

Hike along an old lava flow high above the Nisqually River Valley. While the way is mostly forested, there are a couple of decent views along the trail including a pretty awe-inspiring one of the mountain rising above the Kautz Creek valley.

Video: The Bucket List

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. This time we're featuring old friends reconnecting during a trip to Mt. Rainier.

Video: People of Rainier – Chef Ky Loop

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Here we get to get to know Chef Ky Loop of Kelly's Mercantile Restaurant in Enumclaw, WA.

10.31.16 Hike of the Week: Owyhigh Lakes

Hike through impressive stands of primeval forest to two subalpine lakes high above the White River Valley. The lakes are set in a meadow beneath the sawtooth multi-summited Governors Ridge—one of the most intriguing looking alpine landmarks within the park.

National Park Service to Rehabilitate Paradise Inn Annex

The Paradise Inn Annex will be closed beginning August 2017 through late spring 2019. This decision and its implementation will complete the rehabilitation of the Paradise Inn and Annex, concluding a project that began with the rehabilitation of the Inn from 2006 to 2008.

10.24.16 Hike of the Week: Comet Falls

Hike up a narrow rugged valley scoured by avalanches and roaring with the sound of raging water. It’s a stiff little climb past three thundering cataracts before reaching one of the most spectacular and tallest waterfalls within the park.

10.17.16 Hike of the Week: Glacier Basin

Hike along a roaring glacier-fed river to a stark rugged basin flanked by rock and ice and fed by a series of silver cascades. En route, traverse majestic stands of old-growth conifers and cross a series of tumbling creeks.

10.10.16 Hike of the Week: Alta Vista

Follow a paved path to a little promontory in Paradise Park for some excellent panoramic viewing. While a tad steep in spots, this trail is ideal for neophyte hikers, visitors to Paradise short on time, and adventurers of all ages and walks of life.

10.3.16 Hike of the Week: Crystal Lakes

Tucked in a cirque high above the Mather Memorial Parkway are a pair of sparkling subalpine lakes beloved by hikers of all ages and abilities. Hike to the Crystal Lakes in early season for a dazzling floral show.

9.26.16 Hike of the Week: Paradise Glacier

Hike this trail for solitude. Its breathtaking close-up views of the mountain and the Paradise Glacier are enticing too. There’s also a sparkling tarn along the way, and a slew of waterfalls to keep you mesmerized as well.

9.19.16 Hike of the Week: Gobblers Knob

The old-growth forest along the way is magnificent and Lake George makes for a nice lunch spot; or if you’re inclined to spend the evening—a great camping spot. And the views? Breathtaking to the point that you just may need a little resuscitation!

9.12.16 Hike of the Week: Kautz Creek

Most folks know Crystal Mountain as a topnotch ski resort. But ambitious hikers can enjoy this long broad multi-summited mountain, too. Follow an adventurous trail through forests, meadows, and across ski slopes to a ridgeline traverse of the lofty mountain.

9.5.16 Hike of the Week: Crystal Mountain Loop

Most folks know Crystal Mountain as a topnotch ski resort. But ambitious hikers can enjoy this long broad multi-summited mountain, too. Follow an adventurous trail through forests, meadows, and across ski slopes to a ridgeline traverse of the lofty mountain.

Huckleberry Picking in the Foothills of Mt. Rainier

Cascade Huckleberries are deep blue and are found in sub-alpine coniferous woods and alpine meadows at elevations between 2,000-6,000 feet. They are extremely flavorful due to high concentrations of esters and ketones, and are usually ripe in August.

8.29.16 Hike of the Week: Mount Fremont Lookout

Hike to one of the four remaining fire lookouts in Mount Rainier National Park. Perched on an open 7,181-foot knoll on rocky Mount Fremont, this historic structure is the highest of the park’s lookouts.

Celebrating the Centennial in Two of Washington’s National Parks

Part of the beauty of living in Washington State is enjoying its diverse geography. This was in mind when my preteen and I embarked on a six day, two-park tour to visit Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park to celebrate the Centennial of the Park Service.

Centennial Events this Week at Mt. Rainier

In recognition of the National Park Service’s anniversary date of August 25, 1916, throughout the National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the extended weekend dates of August 25 through August 28.

8.22.16 Hike of the Week: Bench and Snow Lakes

Hike to two little subalpine lakes tucked within the craggy and spired Tatoosh Range. One sits at the edge of a shelf offering breathtaking views of Mount Rainier—the other lies in a talus-strewn cirque beneath the highest point in the Tatoosh Range.