Where can I take memorable photos of Mt. Rainier without having to hike or walk long distances?

As you approach the mountain on Hwy 706, the first opportunity to photograph Mt. Rainier is just past the Nisqually entrance at the Kautz Creek Rest Stop (N 46° 44′ 12.00″, W 121° 49′ 45.90″; 2,588 ft).

  • Continuing up the road toward Paradise, stop at the Longmire Inn, the Nisqually River Bridge Parking Area (N 46° 46′ 57.4″, W 121° 45′ 51.3″; 3,877 ft), the Ricksecker viewpoint (turn off the main road at N 46° 46′ 17.50″, W 121° 46′ 43.00″; 3,998 ft) and at the several pullouts along the road (two such pullouts are at N 46° 46′ 39.50″, W 121° 45′ 41.50″; 4466 ft and N 46° 47′ 0.80″, W 121° 44′ 59.60″; 5,137 ft).
  • Once arriving at Paradise (N 46° 47′ 8.70″, W 121° 44′ 8.90″; 5,400 ft), the mountain will be in your camera viewfinder wherever you look.

On the White Pass Scenic Byway, the best view of Mt. Rainier is at the Goat Rocks Viewpoint on the west side of White Pass (N 46° 37′ 54.00″, W 121° 26′ 51.60″).

At Chinook Pass, the most frequently photographed area is Tipsoo Lake at the pass summit. Several angles of the mountain are captured on a variety of short walks and hikes. Sunrise is another often photographed area especially in the early morning. A brisk walk on the slopes at Crystal Mountain or a gondola ride will provide the premier view of Mt. Rainier from Crystal Mountain. The road from Enumclaw to Sunrise offers two excellent viewpoints of Mt. Rainier, one within the park and the other a short distance from the White River entrance.