Guided Snowshoe Walks – First-come, First-served at Mt. Rainier National Park

march 2017

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04mar(mar 4)11:00 am05(mar 5)1:00 pmFeaturedGuided Snowshoe Walks - First-come, First-served at Mt. Rainier National ParkExplore a different side of Paradise on a ranger-guided snowshoe walk.

Event Details

Snowshoeing at Mt. RainierJoin a park ranger to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions at Mount Rainier. Meet inside the Jackson Visitor Center near the Information Desk. Sign-ups begin one hour in advance of scheduled time; all snowshoe walk participants must be present at sign-up. 2 hours/1.8 miles. Limit 25 people. Space is limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Scheduled for each Saturday and Sunday (conditions permitting) until March 23, 2017. Tours depart at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. For more information on these Ranger led tours visit:

PLEASE NOTE: for an enjoyable snowshoe tour plan on:

  • Arriving early as these popular tours fill up quickly. Signups are accepted one hour prior to tour departure.
  • Remember your sunscreen, sunglasses, layers of warm cloths, hats, mittens, and suitable boots. You will sink into the snow even with snowshoes on.
  • The park also offers snowshoe walks to school groups by reservation only. Call (360) 569-6592 for school group reservations.
  • Remember that all vehicles are required to carry tire chains during winter months.
  • Snowshoes are provided by the park only for those attending the ranger-guided snowshoe walks, and only for the duration of the walk. A $5.00 donation from each snowshoe walk participant helps the park provide snowshoe walks and repair and replace snowshoes. Additionally, the park concessioner rents snowshoes to anyone wishing to snowshoe in the park; check at the Longmire General Store for availability and rental rates. Or you may use your own snowshoes.

Area Dining: for a list of grab and go, casual sit-down or full service dining visit our dining pages. To cut down on the drive time look for establishments in Ashford or Elbe.

Area Lodging: there’s so much to choose from for overnight accommodations from posh cabin rentals, to historic lodges, to staying overnight in cabooses! Visit our lodging pages and to stay close to the snowplay area select lodging in Ashford or Elbe.

Additional Activities: bring an inflatable or a soft sled to the snowplay area at Paradise for sledding fun! To learn more click here: You’ll want to stay overnight if possible to take advantage of also enjoying the watchable wildlife, a whimsical sculpture park, and guided wintry trail rides through the forest.


We’d love to hear from you after your snowshoe adventure. Please feel free to tag us in your posts on Instagram and Twitter #VisitRainier and don’t hesitate to share your stories on our Facebook page.

Hill up to Snowplay Area © Carrie Uffindell
Snowshoeing at Mt. Rainier National Park
Snowshoe Tours at Mt. Rainier National Park


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Mount Rainier National Park