Fall has arrived at the mountain. Leaves have turned. The evenings have become brisk, and the crowds have begun to thin. Autumn at Mount Rainier; it’s simply a stunning time to visit the park. Come for a fall getaway this season.
- US 12 east of White Pass to view golden Tamaracks
- Skate Creek Road between Ashford and Packwood
- US Forest Service Road 73 to US Forest Road 75 is a nice loop trip ending back on Highway 410.
- US Forest Service Road 70 off Highway 410, just outside Greenwater, offers a scenic nine-mile drive up to Greenwater Lake.
- Chinook Pass/Tipsoo Lake is a classic favorite
- Ride a historic steam train with the Mt. Rainier Railroad
FALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
The autumn season boasts its own possibilities for exploration and enjoyment. Now is a beautiful time to get outdoors without the crowds at Mt. Rainier. Set against a backdrop of evergreen conifers, vine maples are ablaze with color, larches shine golden and huckleberries are bursting with shades of crimson. Recommended are the first two miles of the Summerland trail and the first three miles of the Owyhigh Lakes while the road to Sunrise is open. (Scheduled to close October 24th or with the first heavy snowfall.) Skookum Falls trail, all along the White River off Highway 410 is a nice, flat hike, open year round. Other great fall picks include:
- Bench and Snow Lakes
- 2.6 miles, RT – Expect brilliant fall color from Huckleberry and ash in expansive meadows; easy hike for families off Stevens Canyon Road.
- Indian Henry’s via Kautz Creek
- 11 miles, RT – Look upon brilliant red slopes, courtesy of the vine maples; strenuous hike, three miles inside Nisqually Entrance.
- Pinnacle Saddle
- 3 miles, RT – Splendid fall foliage of huckleberry and mountain ash, with fantastic Cascade Mountain views; short but steep, off Stevens Canyon Road.
- Shriner Peak
- 8.4 miles, RT – Late summer flowers give way to the rich colors of fall, plus enjoy optimal wildlife viewing; moderate with steep sections; strenuous hike off Cayuse Pass.
- Skyline Trail
- 8.4 miles, RT – An autumn favorite inside the park, view fall foliage up close and at a distance; moderate hike out of Paradise.
- Spray Park
- 6 miles, RT – Expansive meadows filled with colorful fall foliage and top-notch views of the mountain; moderate hike out of Mowich Lake.
- Summit Lake
- 6.5 miles, RT – Brilliant fall color and huckleberries galore; moderate hike outside the park near Carbon River Entrance.
- Tolmie Peak
- 7.2 miles, RT – Superb mountain views and a picturesque, reflective alpine lake amidst meadows of fall foliage; moderate hike out of Mowich Lake.
FALL LODGING SPECIALS HIGHLIGHTS:
- 20% off standard rates at Alta Crystal Resort
- New Horseback Riding Tour and lodging at Altimeter Cabin
- Dinner package with lodging at Copper Creek Inn
- 10% off ten-hour Mount Rainier National Park guided tour
- 20% off 2-night mid-week stays at Mounthaven Resort
- $25 off mid-week stays at Rainier Lodging
FALL FESTIVALS & EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS:
- Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express on October 7/8, 14/15, and 21/22
- Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Hoot ‘n’ Howl on October 20-21
- Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Pumpkin Chomp and Stomp October 28
- Free entry into Mt. Rainier National Park on Veteran’s Day weekend, November 11-13
- Veteran’s Appreciation Day at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, November 11-13
- Enumclaw Fall Wine Walk, November 18
- THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at Mt. Rainier Railroad, starts November 17 and runs through December
Visit Rainier is a not-for-profit, non-membership destination marketing organization that promotes tourism in the gateway communities around Mt. Rainier. For more information on visiting the Mount Rainier area this fall download a copy of the new free vacation planners.