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Sourdough Ride Trail Photo Courtesy Janelle Walker

The Mount Rainier Minute

Welcome to the Mount Rainier Minute, sponsored by Visit Rainier. These 60-second audio files spotlight special events and activities scheduled on and around the mountain each month. For more information on these and other special events be sure to check out our events calendar here ...
Cayuse Pass

Cayuse Pass | SR 123

Cayuse Pass connects to Chinook Pass and White Pass on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park. The Cayuse Pass summit is at the junction of State Routes 123 and 410. The 4,675-foot-high pass is about five miles west of the Chinook Pass summit. Closes during the winter months ...

Hike Pinnacle Peak

It’s a short hike but stiff little climb to this forested knob that rises abruptly out of the surrounding farmed flats just outside of Enumclaw. Once the site of a fire lookout, a contested name, and nearly logged of its old growth in the 1980s, this little peak has a storied past.  ...

Kids’ Quest for Geologic Forces

Follow this Quest to explore the immense forces that build up and tear down great mountains. Witness the results of volcanic eruptions, massive avalanches, moving glaciers, and catastrophic floods, and see the miracle of recovery and re-growth.  ...

Kids’ Quest for Snow

Mount Rainier offers easy access to snow for much of the year. This Quest will help you experience the wonder and pristine scenery of this snowy world. ...

Kids’ Quest for History

At Mount Rainier National Park you can experience the essence of the American West. This Quest will help you explore the history, adventure, nature, and wilderness beauty preserved by one of America’s original western parks. ...

Kids’ Quest for Giants

Mount Rainier National Park preserves some of the last of the Pacific Northwest’s spectacular old growth forests. Follow this Quest to find some of the biggest and oldest members of the plant kingdom and enjoy the beauty of the park’s lush forests. ...

Kids’ Quest for Glaciers

If you are interested in glaciers, Mount Rainier is the place for you! Experience the grandeur of Rainier’s mighty glaciers and learn how the mountain has been shaped by powerful forces of ice and water. ...

Girlfriend’s Guide to Glamping Around Mt. Rainier

Interested in glamping, or glamour camping, in the scenic Mt. Rainier region this summer or fall? Then round up your gal pals for this two day glamping getaway filled with hidden gems around Mt. Rainier.  ...
Hot Air Balloon Ride Near Mt Rainier

Hot Air Balloon Rides Near Mt. Rainier

If you only take one hot air balloon in your life make it one with a view of Mount Rainier. This magical experience is available May 1 thru September 29. ...

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 ...