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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...

Mother’s Day at Mt. Rainier

The roads are opening and the scenery is spectacular. Treat mom to Mother’s Day at Mt. Rainier and check out these great experiences she’s sure to love!

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.

Cutting the Family Christmas Tree

“We want something between a Charlie Brown tree, and the Griswold family Christmas tree,” I said to whoever may have been paying attention to me at that moment.   It was a frivolous statement as my spatially-gifted spouse would never need advice on the size or...

Enjoy Winter Holidays at Mt. Rainier

In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27.

2016 Mt. Rainier Free-Fee Days Announced

In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27.

Mt. Rainier Wine & Brew Festival

Join us for the 6th Annual Mount Rainier Fall Wine Tasting & Brew Festival, Saturday December 5th in Ashford, Washington at the base of Mt. Rainier. The 6th annual "On the Road to Paradise" Fall Wine & Brew Festival is your chance to sip, savor ...

Fee-Free Day on Friday, November 27

In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27.

Help Out For Half Off at Northwest Trek

Visitors who bring two or more food items to the wildlife park between Nov. 6 and Nov. 29 will receive half off general admission, and they’ll be making a donation to the non-profit Emergency Food Network at the same time.

Hoot ‘N’ Howl and Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp at Northwest Trek

What better way to celebrate fall than with a rare nighttime trek through the forests of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park? The very festive Hoot ‘n’ Howl runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, and it’s unlike any other event of the year at the 725-acre wildlife park.

Enjoy a Fall Color Drive Around Mt. Rainier

To me, fall color drives have always been a favorite autumn pastime, ranking somewhere in popularity among the debut of the Pumpkin Spice latte, wine crush, and corn mazes;  definitely above setting back clocks and changing fire alarm batteries.  I also like t...

Every Kid in a Park

As part of the 2016 celebration of the National Park Centennial, the Every Kid in a Park program is designed to entice fourth graders and their families to visit the country’s National Parks and Forests to discover wildlife, history, and natural resources.

Road Trip on the Chinook Scenic Byway

With so many route options for exploring the Chinook Scenic Byway, which runs along Highway 410, our out-and-back decision may seem a little uninspired. With a trim schedule and full agenda we made the trip in 24 hours stopping every 10 – 20 miles to enjoy one...

Washington Wine Express, September 26

The sounds of ALL ABOARD followed by the popping of corks will be heard during the 3rd Annual Washington Wine Express. Tickets include train ride, five wine tasting tickets, live entertainment and catered meal. Additional tasting tickets available for purchase...

Discover Northwest Trek’s Zip Wild Adventure Course

“What was your favorite part of the Zip Wild Adventure Course?”  I asked my nine-year-old son.  “When you got stuck in that skinny rope tunnel.  That was pretty funny!”  Of course it was. The funniest part is actually that I found myself still getting stuck...