Mt. Rainier, WA.-Enjoy brunch in the national park, bask in an Easter sunrise service at 6,800 feet, ski with the Easter Bunny, or travel by train to an egg hunt. These are just some of the special Easter activities found around Mt. Rainier. Check VisitRanier.com for last minute Spring Break specials, try out the brand new Kids’ Trek exhibit at Northwest Trek, and enjoy free entrance to Mt. Rainier, April 16-24, for National Park Week, too!
Easter weekend is full of entertainment at Alta Crystal Resort. Guests will enjoy a cookie decorating and crafts party, an Easter egg hunt, and roasting Peeps™ at the community bonfire! In addition to the fun, discounted spring room rates apply. For more information visit www.altacrystalresort.com
Hop aboard the Bunny Express at the Mount Rainier Railroad depot in Elbe on March 26 and 27. Riders will be whisked away for a round-trip ride on a vintage steam engine through the forest and foothills south of Mt. Rainier. Spot the Easter Bunny along the way to Mineral where kids will have a chance to search for eggs filled with treats. Admission to the logging museum is free, too. The Bunny Express fills up fast, so hop to it and reserve tickets early. And parents—don’t forget to bring your camera and basket for collecting eggs! For more information, visit www.mtrainierrailroad.com.
Catch a predawn ride up to Crystal Mountain Resort’s summit for the Sunrise Easter Service this March 27. Watch the beauty unfold during this inter-denominational observance. The ticket windows will be open between 5:45 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. and participants upload on to the Mt. Rainier Gondola between 6 and 6:20 a.m. sharp. Sunrise service will begin at 6:35 a.m. with the sunrise at 6:50 a.m. Regular scenic or ski lift + gondola rates apply and no reservations are required. Skiing and riding down will have to wait until the mountain opens during its regular hours. Later that day, the Easter Bunny will be shredding up the slopes with pockets full of candy.
The Alpine Inn at Crystal Mountain will host its annual Easter brunch followed by a snow-covered Easter egg hunt starting at 12:30 p.m. Children 10 and younger are welcome to participate in the hunt. Parents are asked to bring 12 candy-filled eggs to the Alpine Inn by 11 a.m.
Alexander’s Lodge in Ashford is offering Easter Brunch. Choose between seven entrees, including Country Benedict, Mexican eggs, and ham and cheese quiche. Each meal comes with a homemade cinnamon roll, fresh fruit and choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Brunch is 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Adults $11.99 and children under 12 are $8.99. For more information visit: www.alexanderslodge.com.
The National Park Inn is serving Easter Brunch 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday. Buffet includes ham, traditional eggs Benedict, potato scramble, house-made biscuits and gravy, fruits, pastries and more. The price is $17.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 360-569-2411.
SPRING BREAK FUN
One of the Puget Sound’s largest play areas, Kids’ Trek, a half-acre playground at Northwest Trek wildlife park, is opening April 2. Kids can climb a tree trunk lined with cargo nets, slide down a 78-foot ‘river’ to a beaver dam, or explore a log cabin that includes a “weeping rock” to keep sand wet. For more information, visit www.nwtrek.org.
Celebrate National Park week April 16-24 and enjoy free entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.
The Visit Rainier Centennial Geotour is a fun way to explore the mountain and its gateway communities too!