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Visit Rainier Launching Third Series in Centennial GeoTour July 1

Visit Rainier continues to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service by releasing the third series of its Centennial GeoTour this coming July 1. The organization has partnered with Mt. Rainier National Park and Washington State Geocaching Association to create a 100-cache educational GeoTour.

6.20.16 Hike of the Week: Cora Lake

It’s a mere .7 mile hike along Big Creek through groves of big trees to this pretty lake tucked in a cirque beneath the serrated Sawtooth Ridge. The easiest hike in this jagged cluster of peaks just south of Mount Rainier National Park;

Moose Calf Born at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

“MOOSED” WELCOME NEWS: CALF BORN SUNDAY AT NORTHWEST TREK WILDLIFE PARK Male moose calf is the second birth in less than a year for 4-year-old mom Connie and dad Ellis EATONVILLE, Wash. – Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s recent baby boom continued on Sunda...

6.13.16 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.

6.6.16 Hike of the Week: Paradise River

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.

Vote Now! Mount Rainier National Park Vies for Preservation Grant

Mt. Rainier National Park announced today it is participating in Partners in Preservation, a community-based partnership of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in hopes of winning funds to restore a historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabin in the Longmire Historic District to its original use.

5.31.16 Hike of the Week: 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...

Babies Galore at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Not only is there a bison herd at Northwest Trek, there are five adorable bison calves, plus bighorn sheep lambs, three beaver kits and gaggles of goslings in the meadows, forests and wetlands

5.23.16 Hike of the Week: 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.

Exploring Kids’ Trek at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

“Boys! Quit squishing each other in there, you’ll get stuck!” Why 10-year-old boys choose to do things like smashing one another in nature park turnstiles, I’ll never know. We were just minutes from arguably the coolest new kids’ play area in the Pacific No...

Video: People of Rainier – Kim Kircher

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Meet the People of Rainier - Kim Kircher, Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol.

SR 410 over Chinook Pass will reopen May 17, 2016

MOUNT RAINIER – A snowy winter didn’t stop crews from plowing through State Route 410 over Chinook Pass and reopening the highway a week ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Chinook Pass will reopen Tuesday morning, May 17, on the east side at Morse Creek, 5 ...

5.16.16 Hike of the Week: 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.

5.9.16 Hike of the Week: 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.

Win a Set of Mt. Rainier Pints & $50 to the Mint

Win a set of North Drinkware's four handblown, 16 oz pint glasses with a replica of Mt. Rainier molded into the base of the glass and a $50 gift certificate to The Mint Restaurant & Alehouse in Enumclaw.

Attend the 10th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival

ASHFORD, WA – Rainier Independent Film Festival (May 13-15) announces its official line-up, including 40+ dynamic films spanning a variety of genres and topics. In it’s 10th year, the Rainier Independent Film Festival is known amongst filmmakers and attendees ...

Mt. Rainier Tourism Creates $58.3M in Local Economic Benefit

Mount Rainier Tourism Creates $58.3M in Local Economic Benefit - Part of $32B impact overall that supports 295,000 jobs nationwide ASHFORD, WA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 1.2 million recreation visitors to Mount Rainier N...

New Stamp Highlights Mount Rainier National Park Night Sky

A stunning star trail photograph comprised from 200 images was previewed today to celebrate Washington’s Mount Rainier as the 13th of 16 National Parks Forever Stamp series to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

Video: Happy Birthday to the National Park Service

The National Park Service is turning 100 this year - and celebrating with a park-inspired version of the Birthday Son! From amazing wildlife, to rangers and even train whistles, everyone and everything is in on the action.!

Mother’s Day Weekend Steam Train Ride

Treat mom to the experience of a bygone era as our beautifully restored steam engine winds through the springtime forest and foothills south of Mount Rainier. Tickets for this two-hour excursion include train ride, museum admission, and a gift for mom. Ride...

Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coins

Registered volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin!

2016 Wilderness Camping to be First-Come, First-Served

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King reports that the park will process wilderness camping and climbing permits on a first-come, first-served basis only in 2016, including permits for hiking the Wonderland Trail. This represents a significant ...

Northwest Trek Introduces Kids’ Trek

Nature-inspired playground will provide plenty of exercise along with integrated lessons about how children connect to the natural world through play and awareness of the plants and animals with which we share the Earth at Kids' Trek.

Hours of Operations Update – Roads and Facilities

  Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King advises that beginning Saturday, March 12 the road between Longmire and Paradise will have extended hours of operation. As weather and conditions allow, the road will be open on Saturdays and Sund...

5 Best Family Friendly Snowshoeing Trips at Mount Rainier

While Mount Rainier and its neighboring craggy peaks offer excellent backcountry skiing and challenging winter hiking adventures—there are plenty of less-intimidating family-friendly spots within the frozen shadows of the mountain. Here are five of my favorite...

Sizzling Romantic Opportunities this Valentine’s Day

Drive out winter’s chill with a little volcanic romance this Valentine’s Day. Various lodging properties and dining establishments around Mt. Rainier are offering sweet specials on dinners and romantic getaways.

Check out the Paradise Snowplay Area

Taking my daughter and her friend for an afternoon of sledding at the Paradise Snowplay Area on the southern side of Mt. Rainier, I thought, Norman Rockwell himself could not have captured a more picturesque and perfect day. The sun shone low in the sky, ca...

Take a Ranger Guided Snowshoe Trip at Mt. Rainier

When I first woke up I almost second guessed my game plan, as one does when warm and cozy in their bed. The covers seem extra heavy…Should I stay in bed awhile longer, then head to my friends’ house to watch my team’s first playoff game, or stick with my origi...

Winter Returns to the Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park announces winter operations, in preparation for weather conditions and recreation opportunities the winter season provides for visitors.

First of the Season Skiing

My septuagenarian parents were hands-down among the coolest kids on the hill. Arc’teryx jackets, Patagonia pants, new Blizzard and K2 skis.  Looking down at my noticeably emaciated skis, I convinced myself that, yeah, they had it going on, but I was an early a...

Northwest Trek Admits Kids Free this December

Annual Winter Break event is set Dec. 26-27, and animals throughout the wildlife park will get treats featuring natural items like fruit cut into ornament shapes, plus evergreen trees and wreaths to explore.