Mt. Rainier Summer Activities | Visit Rainier

Summer Activities

Rampart Ridge Trail

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. ...

Shriner Peak

Shriner Peak is a strenuous 8.4-mile roundtrip hike in the Stevens Canyons area of Mount Rainier National Park. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...
High Rock Lookout

High Rock Lookout

Perched at an elevation of 5,685 feet on an exposed summit the hike to the High Rock Lookout Tower offers dramatic views.  ...
Picnic Areas at Mount Rainier

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 designated picnic areas.  ...

Cody Horse Camp

The Cody Horse Camp is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Southeast of Randle, WA and is a developed camp with several trails.  ...

Palisades Lakes

Palisades Lakes is a 7.5-mile roundtrip hike with views of mountains, and alpine lakes in Sunrise, Mt Rainier National Park. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...
Grove of the Patriarchs

Grove of the Patriarchs

Grove of the Patriarchs, considered one of the easiest hikes in Mt Rainier National Park, but one of the most memorable. Learn more at VisitRainier.com. ...

Gobblers Knob / Lake George

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! ...
Reflection Lakes

Reflection Lakes at Mount Rainier

One of the most iconic views of Mt. Rainier in the park can be found at Reflection Lakes. Summer and fall, sunrise and sunset, it is perhaps the single most photographed view. ...

Chinook Pass Outfitters

Ride with us through the solitude and spectacular scenery of the Cascade Range in the Norse Peak Wilderness and Wenatchee ...
Skyline Trail

Skyline Trail / Panorama Point

Skyline Trail / Panorama Point is a popular 5.4 mile loop with seasonal wildflower views in Mount Rainier National Park.  ...

Tieton Nature Trail

Tieton Nature Trail, follow this fairly easy family-friendly trail alongside the crashing glacier-fed Tieton River through an impressive wide canyon.  ...

Silver Falls Loop

Careening over a series of ledges before plunging 40 feet into a deep blue pool, Silver Falls is a dramatic sight. And it’s easily accessible. A very short trail leads to it from SR 123. But the best way to experience ...

Mountain Biking at Packwood Lake

Mountain bike trails at Packwood Lake allow riders to ride on wide singletrack and dirt road. Mostly flat with a few short hills with occasional views of Mount Rainier, Johnson Peak, and the Goat Rocks area. ...

Mountain Biking at Osborne Mountain

Mountain biking the Osborne Mountain Trail, cyclists start right from the Big Creek Campground on Skate Creek Road just outside of Ashford.  ...

Packwood Lake Fishing

Located inside the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Packwood Lake is 110 feet deep and contains wild rainbow trout. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

Mowich Lake Fishing

Fishing at Mowich Lake, the largest lake in Mount Rainier National Park can be fished from the shoreline or a float tube.  ...
Noble Knob Trail

Noble Knob Trail

Noble Knob Trail is a 4-mile roundtrip trail located in the Chinook Pass area. This trail is part of the Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and is dog-friendly.  ...

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.  ...

Walupt Horse Camp

Walupt Horse Camp is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and offers a well-developed camp with units in the shade.  ...

Green Lake Trail

Green Lake Trail is kid-friendly and features exceptional views of a waterfall and old growth forest. This trail is a 9.6-mile bike-hike possibility in the Carbon River.  ...
Meadow and view of Mount Rainier as seen from the Trail of the Shadows

Trail of the Shadows

Trail of the Shadows is a popular trail that is kid-friendly, considered easy, and is located in the Longmire part of Mt. Rainier National Park.  ...
Crystal Lakes

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.  ...
Sheep Lake / Sourdough Gap

Sheep Lake / Sourdough Gap

Head out on an easy two-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) relishing in sweeping views and dazzling wildflowers.  ...

Summit Lake

Summit Lake is a 6.1-mile roundtrip hike in the Carbon River/Mowich area. It is managed by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District. ...
Ranger Creek Trail

Ranger Creek Trail

Ranger Creek Trail is a dog-friendly trail located in the Chinook Pass area. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for this 11.6 miles hike.  ...

Tolmie Peak / Eunice Lake

This is a great family-friendly hike from Mount Rainier National Park’s largest lake to one of its four remaining historic fire lookouts.  ...

Edgar Rock

Edgar Rock is a 2 to 4-mile trail, an "off-the-beaten-path" hike in the Chinook Pass area that requires an NW Forest Pass. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...
Dewey Lakes

Dewey Lakes

Dewey Lakes is accessible via a 5.4 miles roundtrip hike in the Chinook Pass area. This dog-friendly hike requires a Northwest Forest Pass.  ...

Paul Peak

Paul Peak is a 7.8-mile hike in the Mowich area of Mount Rainier National Park. ...

Pack Forest

Pack Forest provides opportunities for the public to horseback ride along a barrier-free self-guided trail. ...
Challenge Course at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Zip Wild! at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

At Zip Wild Deep Forest Challenge, five exhilarating zipline courses run through our breathtaking tree canopy. Soar along each zipline, then walk, climb, crawl or clamber over obstacles in between. All courses are different, but all take mental toughness and physical agility. ...

Boulder Cave Natural Area

Boulder Cave Natural Area offers a short, family-friendly walk to Boulder Cave yields a fantastic lesson in geology as well as the delicate balance of nature.  ...

Melmont Ghost Town

The Melmont Ghost Town is dog-friendly accessible via a 3.84-mile roundtrip hike with views of the Fairfax Bridge, and the Melmont School ruins.  ...
Kautz Creek

Kautz Creek at Mt. Rainier National Park

This route via the Kautz Creek Trail takes you up and along a knolled high ridge shrouded in alpine meadows. In season flowers and huckleberries are bountiful.  ...

Wonderland Trail Overview

Wonderland Trail Overview, as the 93-mile trail circles the mountain, hikers witness the varied faces of Mt. Rainier, carved by 25 named glaciers. ...

Alder Lake Recreational Area Fishing

Fishing at Alder Lake is a fun and exciting pastime for anglers of all ages. This large Nisqually River reservoir is located five miles south of Eatonville.  ...
Mineral Lake Photo Courtesy Stormking Photography

Mineral Lake Fishing

Season: Late-April – Late-Sept | Lake Size: 277 acres  By some accounts, Mineral Lake is one of the best trout fishing ...