Experience the drama of a Mt. Rainier winter on snowshoes. Marvel at the alpine trees encased in snow and ice. Look out onto the clean white mountainsides that seem to go on and on. During the summer months you have to stick to the trail, but once the snow becomes deep enough, the mountain offers much more room to explore. With a little know-how and the right supplies, strap on snowshoes and explore the park’s winter trails. Another option is the popular ranger-guided tour at Paradise offered mid-December through early March. Crystal Mountain also offers a packaged snowshoe tour on select weekends.