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Hike Silver Falls Loop

Careening over a series of ledges before plunging 40 feet into a deep blue pool, Silver Falls is a dramatic sight. And it’s easily accessible. A very short trail leads to it from SR 123. But the best way to experience... ...

Hike the Paradise River at Mount Rainier

Hike a section of the round-the-mountain Wonderland Trail to a deep forested valley reverberating with crashing waterfalls. En route make an exciting crossing of the snow and ice fueled Nisqually River. ...
Hike Comet Falls

Hike Comet Falls at Mount Rainier

Hike up a narrow rugged valley scoured by avalanches and roaring with the sound of raging water. It’s a stiff little climb past three thundering cataracts before reaching one of the most spectacular and tallest waterfalls within the park.  ...
SUP at Alder Lake

SUP Rentals at Alder Lake

Visitors can now rent a stand-up paddleboard near Mount Rainier to explore Alder Lake. Rainier Mountain Sportz located in Elbe, ...
High Visitation

High Visitation Expected Throughout the Summer

Visitors to Mount Rainier National Park are encouraged to visit on weekdays and arrive in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid long waits at entrances and move easily to find a parking spot.  ...

Sundays on Cole Street

Sundays on Cole Street is a fun festival-like street fair featuring local crafters, artisans, farmers, vintage treasures, fresh eats, and live music.  ...

Hike: Crystal Mountain Loop

Most folks know Crystal Mountain as a topnotch ski resort. But ambitious hikers can enjoy this long broad multi-summited mountain, too. Follow an adventurous trail through forests, meadows, and across ski slopes to a ridgeline traverse of the lofty mountain. ...

Hike of the Week: Eastside Trail – Lower

Hike a section of the round-the-mountain Wonderland Trail to a deep forested valley reverberating with crashing waterfalls. En route make an exciting crossing of the snow and ice fueled Nisqually River. ...

Kids’ Quest for Summit Views

This Quest will guide you to the best places to catch breath-taking views of Mount Rainier. You can also explore the world of climbers on their Quest for the Summit and find out what is at the very top (the easy way!). ...

Top 10 Wildflower Hikes

Mt. Rainier wildflower meadows are a phenomenon you must see to believe. Learn more about the Top 10 Wildflower Hikes in the Mt. Rainier region.  ...

Hike Snoquera Falls

From high on Dalles Ridge, Snoquera Creek plunges more than 400 feet down a sheer rock face. Resembling a scene straight out of Yosemite Valley, Snoquera Falls are indeed a sensational sight.  ...
Alpine Aster Wildflowers

Wildflowers on the Sunrise Side of Mount Rainier

Mt. Rainer is revered for its extensive wildflower displays. During the summer months when the meadows are in peak bloom a hike to Dege Peak can yield sightings of approximately 20 varieties of blooms on our 4.2 miles out and back journey from the Sunrise parking lot. ...

Hike Cowiche Mountain

Hike to the top of a broad windswept ridge savoring sunshine and sweeping views. Centerpiece to an old cattle ranch transformed into a nature preserve, wildlife and wildflowers are prolific on Cowiche Mountain.  ...
Ricksecker Point Road

Ricksecker Point Road

Ricksecker Point Road - This one-way road begins 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Longmire and offers fantastic views of Mount Rainier, Nisqually Valley, and the Tatoosh Range. The Ricksecker Point Road is open for the summer season effective May 10, 2018. This road is located inside Mount ...

Kids’ Quest for Waterfalls

Mount Rainier’s waterfalls are not only thrilling to see, but can also tell stories of the park’s history and the natural forces that shape the area. Discover the park’s beautiful waterfalls and see why this mountain range is named “The Cascades.” ...
Spring Family Fun

What to do with kids this spring near Mt. Rainier?

Of course, any time of year will provide visitors with a remarkable experience, but spring brings surprises and changes as the mountain and surrounding area transition from a long winter. Plus, don’t tell anyone else, you’ll find fewer crowds, giving you more space to take-in ...

Crystal Mountain Skiing ⛷ | Local Lens Seattle

No trip to Washington State is complete without a Mount Rainier experience! Local Lens Seattle went to Crystal Mountain (Washington’s largest ski resort) to try and learn how to ski. They had the best time enjoying the winter-playground for skiers, and non-skiers alike. Watch more ...

NEW Visit Rainier Spring Vacation Planners

Download your free spring vacation planner for information on dining, lodging, attractions, and special events. These free travel planners help you have an epic spring vacation at Mt. Rainier. You've seen the postcards. Now make the memories! Is this the year you Rainier?  ...
Grove of the Patriarchs

Can you access Grove of the Patriarchs in the winter?

The access road, Highway 123, is closed at the park boundary. The only way to access the Grove is to either walk up the closed road to the Stevens Canyon entrance or take the Silver Falls Trail from Ohanapecosh to the falls.  ...

Winter Hike: Greenwater Lakes

Loads of snow that had accumulated on tree boughs showered us with glinting crystals as the sun rose. The wide, mostly flat trail makes an ascent of only 500 feet in two miles –most of that just below the first lake- and is very doable for young hikers and pets. ...
Nomad PNW

Nomad PNW Cafe and Coffee Shop

Nomad PNW is a cafe and coffee shop near the Carbon River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Visitors can expect mouthwatering pastries, delicious empanadas, along with epic coffee, and tea.  ...
Rainier Reindeer Ranch

Visit the Rainier Reindeer Ranch

With advance reservations, small groups of visitors can tour the Rainier Reindeer Ranch on select dates in November and December.  ...
Plateau Wine and Tapas

Plateau Wine and Tapas in Enumclaw

More than a wine store, Plateau Wines and Tapas offers good wine, delicious food, and yet another incredible retail experience in the heart of downtown Enumclaw. ...
SnowshowTour

Guided Snowshoe Tour and Dinner at Crystal Mountain

Our charismatic guides, Dan, Jeff, and Wendy entertained us with stories of wildlife sightings, Sasquatch inquiries and avalanches. They were well versed in mountain culture, and worked to ensure everyone had a safe, comfortable hike as Dan led us to a waterfall... ...
Winter Vacation Planners

Mt Rainier National Park Announces Winter Operating Hours

Beginning Friday, December 22, the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise is open throughout the winter on Fridays through Sundays, from 10:00 am to 4:15 pm. In addition, this visitor center will be open December 25-January 1, January 15, and February 19.  ...
Twelve Course Bubbly Dinner

Twelve Course Bubbly Dinner

Dec. 28, enjoy a twelve-course bubbly dinner with local NW seafood, local beef, house charcuterie, and decadent desserts. ...