Scenic Gondola Rides | Visit Rainier
Red gondola going up the snow covered mountain

Scenic Gondola Rides

Skiers, riders, and foot passengers can all take a ride to the Crystal Mountain summit for captivating mountain views, a delectable meal at the Summit House restaurant or to drop back into the vast terrain that plunges below the ridgeline.  You’ll travel almost 2,500 vertical feet to the summit where you will find breathtaking 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.

Foot-passengers (non-skiers) are welcome to ride the gondola anytime during the winter.  Skiers and snowboarders are fascinating creatures and don’t be surprised if you get to sit next to one on the ride up!  Look like fun?  Give skiing or snowboarding a try!  Crystal Mountain has everything you’ll need for your first day on the slopes.

Advance reservations will be required this winter. For more information, visit Crystal Mountain Resort’s Mt. Rainier Gondola.


Q: Is there lodging within walking distance of the gondola? 

A: Yes, Crystal Mountain Hotels operates three separate inns there are also furnished condos available for overnight guests. 

Q: How long is the gondola ride? 

A: It takes approximately 9 minutes to travel 2,400 vertical feet to the summit.

Q: Is the Mt. Rainier gondola wheelchair friendly? 

A: Yes, it is. 

Q: How much does it cost to ride the gondola? 

A: Ticket prices vary according to when you ride the gondola. To view pricing and hours of operation please click here.

Q: Do I need a national park pass to ride the gondola?

A: No. The Mt. Rainier gondola is located at Crystal Mountain Resort. The gondola is not located at Mount Rainier National Park. Use this address for your GPS for driving directions to the gondola. 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Enumclaw, WA 98022.