Activities

Paradise Snowplay Area: Sledding & Inner Tubing

Families with children will enjoy the snow play area at Paradise, north of the upper parking lot -- at least five feet of snow are needed before it can open. It is usually open by mid-December. The Snow Play area is the ONLY place in the park where sledding and sliding are permitted. ...

Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks At Paradise

Guided snowshoe walks are daily December 23, 2017, through January 1, 2018. Walks start at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Walks are snowfall dependent. ...

White Pass Scenic Byway

Known as the gateway to recreation in the Central Cascades, the natural and pristine White Pass Scenic Byway winds through the forests of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier National Park before ascending to the arid landscape of Eastern Washington. ...
Snowplay

Paradise Snowplay Area: Sledding & Inner Tubing

Families with children will enjoy the snow play area at Paradise, north of the upper parking lot -- at least five feet of snow are needed before it can open. It is usually open by mid-December. The Snow Play area is the ONLY place in the park where sledding and sliding are permitted. ...

Crystal Mountain Resort a PNW Winter Playground

Crystal Mountain is a world class ski resort, rated by SKIING magazine as the #7 ski resort in North America. Experienced skiers are drawn to the expert runs comprising nearly half of the terrain... ...

Picnics in the Park

Grab your checkered tablecloth, pack your basket and enjoy a meal outdoors at one of Mt. Rainier National Park’s four ...
Reflection Lakes

Reflection Lakes at Mount Rainier

Area: Paradise Hike Type: Wildflower views Pass: Natl. Park Pass Distance: 2.75 mi Loop Duration: 2-3 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate ...

Mushroom Picking

Dozens of good edible mushroom species begin to appear in late summer. Most species need the first fall rains to come before they appear. Some species wait until the first frosts. As is well-known mushrooms can be poisonous, so mushroom hunters need to have positively identified species... ...

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center

Info GPS Coordinates: 46.735942, -121.565875 Phone: (360) 569-6581 | Web Current Hours: Closed for the season starting September 18, 2017. Region: Ohanapecosh ...

Twin Sisters Lakes

This fairly easy hike to two beautiful lakes in the heart of the William O Douglas Wilderness is perfect for adventurers young and old alike. Set on a pumiced plateau pockmarked with hundreds of small lakes and adorned with ancient cinder cone volcanoes, the Twin Lakes also make for ...

Eastside Trail – Lower

One of the longest trails within Mount Rainier National Park, the Eastside Trail is also one of the park’s quieter trails. Spanning the park’s eastern reaches from Chinook Pass to the Ohanapecosh Campground, the Eastside Trail traverses alpine meadows, primeval forest and a valley ...

Snoquera Falls Trail

From high on Dalles Ridge, Snoquera Creek plunges more than 400 feet down a sheer rock face. Resembling a scene straight out of Yosemite Valley, Snoquera Falls are indeed a sensational sight. But there’s a catch. If you do this hike late in the summer after a long dry stretch, the ...

Cowiche Mountain

Hike to the top of a broad windswept ridge savoring sunshine and sweeping views. Centerpiece to an old cattle ranch transformed into a nature preserve, wildlife and wildflowers are prolific on Cowiche Mountain. ...

Kids’ Trek at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

At Northwest Trek, discover Kids' Trek - one of the largest outdoor playgrounds in Washington. Unlike any play area in the Puget Sound region, it is designed to stimulate imaginations, encourage exploration and immerse kids in the world around them in a fun way.  ...

Indian Thistle

Cirsium edule, the edible thistle or Indian thistle, is a species of thistle in the genus Cirsium, native to western North America from ...

Columbian Lewisia

Lewisia columbiana is a species of flowering plant in the purslane family known by the common name Columbian lewisia. It ...

Yellow Fritillary

Fritillaria pudica (yellow fritillary) is a small plant found in the sagebrush country in the western United States (Idaho, Montana, ...

Tolmie’s Saxifrage

Micranthes tolmiei is a species of flowering plant known by the common name Tolmie’s saxifrage, or Tolmie’s alpine saxifrage. It ...

Ocean Spray

Holodiscus discolor, commonly known as ocean spray or oceanspray, creambush or ironwood, is a shrub of western North America. It is common in the ...

Rein Orchid

Piperia is a genus of the orchid family Orchidaceae. These plants are known as rein orchids. They are native to ...

Gray’s Licorice Root

Ligusticum grayi is a species of flowering plant in the carrot family known by the common name Gray’s licorice-root. It ...

Rosy Twisted Stalk

Streptopus lanceolatus (rose twisted stalk, rosybells, rose mandarin, scootberry, liverberry, rose-bellwort), is an understory perennial plant native to the forests of ...

Devil’s Club

Devil’s club or devil’s walking stick (Oplopanax horridus, Araliaceae; syn. Echinopanax horridus, Fatsia horrida) is a large understory shrub endemic to the ...

Tieton Nature Trail

Area: Tieton River Valley US 12 Hike Type: Dog-friendly, family-friendly Pass: Discover Pass Distance: 3.8 mi. RT Duration: 2 hour Difficulty Level: Easy High ...

Ipsut Creek Trail

Area: Chinook Pass Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: Northwest Forest Pass Distance: 18 mi RT  Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty Level: Strenuous Elevation ...

Sourdough Ridge

While Paradise with its legendary alpine meadows is the place most first time visitors to Mount Rainier National Park venture to—I prefer to introduce folks to The Mountain at Sunrise. As its name suggests, this is the first place Washington’s iconic peak is touched by sunlight ...

River Trail at Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

Area: Enumclaw Hike Type: Dog-friendly, family-friendly Pass: Discover Pass Distance: 2.5 mi. RT Duration: 1.5 hour Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Start: 850 Snow-Free: Year-round ...

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Ski Area, 12 miles southeast of Mt. Rainier National Park and 22 miles from Packwood, celebrates the winter season with a family-friendly Winter Carnival. Held the first weekend of every March, the carnival is jam-packed with activities for the whole family... ...