Activities

All Aboard The Polar Express™ Train Ride

The magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life in Elbe, Washington. This story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey comes alive on-board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.  All ages can enjoy the warmth and fun o...

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 a great basecamp for further explorations.

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 that thunders from catapulting creeks and crashing cascades.

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 falls appear has a mere trickle.

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 southeastern Alaska south through British Columbia to Washington and Orego...

Columbian Lewisia

Lewisia columbiana is a species of flowering plant in the purslane family known by the common name Columbian lewisia. It is native to the western United States and British Columbia, where it grows in rocky moun...

Yellow Fritillary

Fritillaria pudica (yellow fritillary) is a small plant found in the sagebrush country in the western United States (Idaho, Montana, Oregon,Washington, Wyoming, very northern California, Nevada, northwestern Co...

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 is native to western North America from Alaska to Montana to California, where 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 Pacific Northwest where it is found in both openings and the for...

Rein Orchid

Piperia is a genus of the orchid family Orchidaceae. These plants are known as rein orchids. They are native to western North America, especially California and the Pacific Northwest. This genus has the followi...

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 is native to the western United States from Montana to California, where it grows in moist...

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 North America, from Alaska to Labrador, so...

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 arboreal rainforests of the pacific northwest, but al...

Cutting the Family Christmas Tree

“We want something between a Charlie Brown tree, and the Griswold family Christmas tree,” I said to whoever may have been paying attention to me at that moment.   It was a frivolous statement as my spatially-gi...

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 Point: 1,825 feet Elevation Ga...

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 Start: 3,300 Elevation End: 5,019 Eleva...

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 each day.

VIDEO: Family Fun at Mt. Rainier

Discover the excitement of Mt. Rainier through the eyes of a child.  No matter what season, a child walking through the forest will be mesmerized by the sounds and sights there to be explored. A fern growing on...

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 Elevat...

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...

Walk the Nature Trails

Mount Rainier National Park started a Junior Ranger Program in 2010, offering guided kid-friendly tours of the mountain from Sunrise and Paradise.

Ride the Mt. Rainier Railroad

There isn’t a child on the planet who doesn’t like trains. They’re loud, strong, and kids aren’t tied down to a seatbelt when they ride one.

A Day at Paradise with the Family

Families craving a two-day getaway around Mt. Rainier can head to Paradise, located on the mountain’s southern flank in Mt. Rainier National Park. One of the oldest and most dramatic areas in the park...

48 Hours With the Family at Paradise

Families craving a two-day getaway around Mt. Rainier can head to Paradise, located on the mountain’s southern flank in Mt. Rainier National Park. One of the oldest and most dramatic areas in the park...

Ride the Mt. Rainier Gondola

Crystal Mountain Resort offers families great kid-friendly summer activities, from camping to hiking to riding the new Mt. Rainier Gondola. Completed in January 2011 and open year-round, the gondola will whisk you and your family 2,456 vertical feet, up to the 6,872 ft. summit of Crystal Mountain.

Lake West and Lake Helen

Area: Ashford Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 8.4 mi RT  Duration: 6 hrs High Point: 5,200 ft. Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft. Snow-Free: July – October &nb...

Glacier View

Area: Ashford Hike Type: Off the Beaten Track Pass: No Pass Req Distance: 4.2 mi RT  Duration: 3 hrs High Point:  5,450 ft. Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft. Snow-Free: July – October &n...

Family Fun: Crystal Mt. & Sunrise

For a fun, family-friendly adventure on the quieter eastern flank of Mt. Rainier, you and the kids can pack up and head to Crystal Mountain and Sunrise.

A Visit to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, located six miles north of Eatonville, Washington, offers families a fun yet intimate experience. Open year round, the park’s 725 acres are home to over 200 animals, all native to the Pacific Northwest.

Wonderland Trail Pt. 5: Box Canyon to Longmire

Distance:  12.7 miles one way Elevation Gain:  2,300 feet High Point:  4,850 feet Snow free:  July — October introduction The Wonderland Trail travels for 93 miles around Mount Rainier. Constructed in 19...

Wonderland Trail Pt. 4: Sunrise to Box Canyon

Distance:  22.2 miles one way Elevation Gain:  4,350 feet High Point:  6,775 feet Snow free:  mid-July — October introduction The Wonderland Trail travels for 93 miles around Mount Rainier. Constructed i...

Wonderland Trail Pt. 3: Mowich Lake to Sunrise

Distance:  21.5 miles one way Elevation Gain:  6,300 feet High Point:  6,700 feet Snow free:  mid-July — October introduction The Wonderland Trail travels for 93 miles around Mount Rainier. Constructed i...

Top 10 Fall Hikes

1)  Reflection Lakes – Moderate | Paradise Area This is a popular hike for many reasons especially on a clear day. In summer the lakes are bordered with wildflowers but in fall the lakes are bordered...

Mowich Lake Snowshoe

Area: Carbon River Area Starting Point: Mowich Lake Road Permit: National Park Pass or Interagency Pass Distance: 10.5 miles, RT  Duration: 7 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate High Point: 5,000...

Mt. Rainier National Park’s Education Programs

Mount Rainier National Park offers a variety of free education workshops each year. These interdisciplinary workshops combine instruction, activities, field sessions, curriculum development, and curriculum review focus groups...