Mt. Rainier Summer Activities | Visit Rainier

Summer Activities

Paul Peak

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

Pack Forest

Pack Forest provides opportunities for the public to horseback ride along a barrier-free self-guided trail. ...

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.  ...

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. ...

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.  ...

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 ...
Road Status

Mt. Rainier Road Trip

Mt. Rainier road trips, a list of routes and scenic drives in the Mount Rainier region. ...
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. ...
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.  ...
Pack Forest Near Mt. Rainier

Pack Forest Near Mt. Rainier

There are miles of trails traversing this large tract open to hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. Trail runners will especially be pleased with the trail network. For one thing, nearly all of the Pack's trails and forest roads (which are closed to vehicles), and there are ...
Naches Peak

Naches Peak

Naches Peak is a popular 4.5 miles roundtrip hike located in the Chinook Pass area, typically snow-free during July-October. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

Rimrock Lake Fishing

Fishing at Rimrock Lake is best experienced May thru July. Learn more at Visit Rainier.com.  ...

Crystal Mountain Loop

In summer, admire a dazzling array of blossoming wildflowers. Throughout hiking season feast on sweeping horizon-spanning views of majestic Mt Rainier. ...

Laughingwater Creek Trail

Laughingwater Creek Trail is a strenuous 12-miles roundtrip hike in the Cayuse Pass area that requires no forest pass. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...
Noble Knob Trail

Noble Knob Trail

Noble Knob Trail is a 4-mile roundtrip trail located in the Chinook Pass area that is dog-friendly. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

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. ...
LOOP 3: The Road to Paradise

LOOP 3: The Road to Paradise

Experience the grandeur of Mount Rainier. Witness old-growth temperate rainforests, waterfalls, and impressive vistas. Whether you venture and sightsee by car, or choose to get outdoors and enjoy the many stops along the way, it’s all pure Rainier. An excellent introduction to the ...
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.  ...
Rusty Plow

Rusty Plow | You Pick Berries

The Rusty Plow is a small farm that offers visitors a "you-pick" blueberry experience during the summer months. Learn more at VisitRainier.com. ...

LOOP 4: West Side Loop

Offering many of the Mt. Rainier area’s most spectacular attributes, tour the Nisqually area, explore Mt. Rainier National Park and ...

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.  ...

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.  ...

Norse Peak

Norse Peak is a 9.5-miles roundtrip hike in the Crystal Mountain area that is dog-friendly during the summer months. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

Glacier Basin

Glacier Basin is a 7-mile round trip hike in the White River area that is kid-friendly and features wildflowers, glacier views, backcountry camping, in a historic mining area. ...

Palisades Trail (Hwy 410)

When it still feels like winter, the Palisades often feels like spring. Look for delicate Calypso orchids; enjoy the scent of vanilla leaf, and view the groundcover — a thick carpet of salal, ...

Greenwater Lakes

Greenwater Lakes has picturesque bridges, waterfalls and old growth trees, not to mention two peaceful lakes and a pristine river - all create a brilliant ambiance on the year-round hike along the Greenwater Lakes Trail.  ...

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.  ...

Packwood Lake

The Packwood Lake trail is open to hikers and equestrians; mountain bikes, motorcycles, and ATVs are prohibited. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

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.  ...

Twin Firs Loop Trail

Twin Firs Loop Trail is a family-friendly easy trail located in the Longmire area of Mt. Rainier National Park. Learn more at VisitRainier.com.  ...

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. ...