Gateway Communities

Enumclaw

Mt. Rainier stands majestically over the bustling gateway community of Enumclaw. An ideal base camp for fun in the mountains, this community is surrounded by endless possibilities for year-round outdoor recreat...

Elbe

At the junction of Hwy 7 and Hwy 706, Elbe is best known for the  home of the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad and the Historic Elbe Church.  Fondly referred to as the "Little White Church," when you come upon thi...

Ashford

Explore Ashford! Just six miles outside the Nisqually Entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park sits the mountain community of Ashford. Tucked away in the forested foothills discover lodging establishments from co...

Eatonville

Visit Eatonville! Nestled among the foothills of beautiful Mt. Rainier, this charming community enjoys a friendly small town vibe and distinctive natural beauty.  Centrally located, it is a basecamp for activi...
Crystal Mountain photo courtesy Jason Anglin

Crystal Mountain

© Crystal Mountain Resort Enjoy Crystal Mountain! In the summer, Washington's largest ski area transforms into the perfect summer playground. Crystal Mountain Resort lies on the sunny side of Mt Rainier, jus...

Greenwater

The charming community of Greenwater is located west of Crystal Mountain on State Route 410. This small, eclectic town lies in a densely forested area surrounded by designated wilderness areas including Norse P...

Carbonado

Discover Carbonado! Carbonado was a company boom town in the Carbon River Valley when growing towns such as Tacoma and Seattle were being settled. In addition to the lumber and other raw materials that were ha...

Wilkeson

Coal was discovered in the hills and canyons of the Carbon River valley in the 1800s. For the purposes of mining this find, the Northern Pacific Railroad built a rail line to Wilkeson. Today, a trip to this com...
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