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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 ...
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.  ...
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. ...

Video: The Bucket List

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. This time we're featuring old friends reconnecting during a trip to Mt. Rainier. ...
Help Out Half Off

Help Out for Half Off at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

This November, visitors who bring two or more food items when they visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will get a great discount – and the knowledge they’ll be making a much-needed donation to the Emergency Food Network ...

Traveler Advisory: Detour on US-12 West of the Rimrock Tunnel

US 12 White Pass milepost 151 to 166 Paving: Monday through Friday, traffic should be prepared for alternating one-way traffic control in three separate locations during daytime hours from milepost 166 near Rimrock to milepost 151 near White Pass.  ...

Video: People of Rainier – Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa

Here we get to know Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa who grew up in the mountains of Nepal and moved to the Rainier region in 2008. He has climbed Everest 15 times - including a speed record of under 11 hours - and has summited Mount Rainier 94 times...and counting.  ...
Mount Rainier above meadows of aster, lupine, paintbrush, and more near Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA.

Mt. Rainier’s Wildflowers Making Their Colorful Debut

Mt. Rainier, WA. - The Mount Rainier area was voted “Best Wildflower Spot in The United States.” And Mount Rainier’s wildflowers are now making their colorful bloom, welcoming park visitors with a vibrant display of color. ...
Enumclaw Golf Course

Enumclaw Golf Course

The Enumclaw Golf Course is an 18-hole facility that meanders through tall pines in one of the Northwest's most beautiful golf settings below Mt. Rainer. ...
Left Foot Farm

Left Foot Farms

Left Foot Farm is a 25 acre family farm in the foothills of Mount Rainier in Washington State. They currently ...
Weddings at Crystal Mountain

10 Places to Tie the Knot at Rainier

From the breathtaking scenery at Mount Rainier National Park, to the stunning backdrops at Crystal Mountain, to an intimate ceremony in a forest, or next to a quiet mountain stream. Couples can choose from a historic church, a century old steam train, a posh woodland spa or a charming ...

Video: People of Rainier – Mountaineering Legends

Growing up in the shadow of Rainier - or 'Tahoma' as it is known in the Lushootseed language - Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribal Member Jeffrey Thomas has spent much of his life reacquainting himself with his historical homelands and working to protect them. ...

Video: Find Yourself at Rainier

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Find yourself at Mt. Rainier. Here, a wanderlust-filled traveler finds friends, beauty and love as he discovers the wonders of the Rainier ...

Video: Bring the Whole Family

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Here we focus on family. From the waters of the Puget Sound to the forests and vistas of 'The Mountain', the Rainier region offers the beauty ...

11.7.16 Hike of the Week: Rampart Ridge

Hike along an old lava flow high above the Nisqually River Valley. While the way is mostly forested, there are a couple of decent views along the trail including a pretty awe-inspiring one of the mountain rising above the Kautz Creek valley.  ...

10.31.16 Hike of the Week: Owyhigh Lakes

Hike through impressive stands of primeval forest to two subalpine lakes high above the White River Valley. The lakes are set in a meadow beneath the sawtooth multi-summited Governors Ridge—one of the most intriguing looking alpine landmarks within the park. ...

National Park Service to Rehabilitate Paradise Inn Annex

The Paradise Inn Annex will be closed beginning August 2017 through late spring 2019. This decision and its implementation will complete the rehabilitation of the Paradise Inn and Annex, concluding a project that began with the rehabilitation of the Inn from 2006 to 2008. ...