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Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain

Scenic Gondola Rides

A ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain will take you over 2,400 vertical feet to the summit where you find expansive views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range.

You’ll also be just a few short steps away from the Summit House, Washington’s highest elevation restaurant. Perched atop Crystal Mountain at 6,872 feet, the Summit House serves up breathtaking views and toe-warming treats. Energize your body with hearty soups, chili, gourmet pizzas, pasta, fondue, and fresh salads, in addition to daily specials. On a clear day, take in views of the Northwest’s most famous volcanic peaks. It’s like dining at the top of the world. 

And how does one reach the top? With a relaxing ride up the Mt. Rainier Gondola. The gondolas offer scenic rides during the summer and winter seasons. In the summer months, cruise over wildflower fields and mountain streams. Take in the mountain beauty surrounding you. Combine your ride with a meal at the top, or simply ride for the views – they’re reason enough.

Q: Are the gondolas wheelchair accessible? 

A: Yes, they are.

Q: Can I book tickets in advance? 

A: Yes, you can. Buying tickets in advance will save you time, you can skip the ticket window on arrival. To check pricing, operating hours, and buy tickets online click here.

Q: Do I have to share my gondola or is it one household per gondola? 

A: Visitors are encouraged to ride the gondola with those in their immediate household only.

Q: Can I bring my adventure pup? 

A: You can during the summer months. Crystal Mountain Resort is dog-friendly during the summer season dogs are welcome on the gondola and on the trails. Since Mt. Rainier Nation Park does not allow dogs, Crystal Mountain is the perfect place to bring your dog. Please be aware that dogs must be on a leash at all times, and due to the sensitive alpine environment please pick up after your dog. It’s important to dispose of pet waste responsibly. Please be courteous hikers who don’t have pets and aware that you may encounter horses on the trail. 

Q: Can I take the gondola up with my mountain bike and bike down? 

A: No, mountain bikes aren’t permitted in the gondolas. You can bike up and down the trails at Crystal Mountain. 

Q: Is there lodging near the gondola?

A: Yes. Crystal Mountain Hotels operates three properties within walking distance of the gondola. Additionally, there are area condos, vacation rentals, cabins, and a resort. Click here for lodging in the Crystal Mountain area.  

Q: What’s the address for the gondola? 

A: Crystal Mountain Resort, 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd. Enumclaw, Washington