Mount Rainier National Park

You’ve seen pictures of Mount Rainier, the snow-capped peak that provides such a stunning backdrop to the Seattle skyline. Isn’t it time you took a closer look?

Mount Rainier National Park is just an hour’s drive from the city, but it feels much further away. This is what they mean when they say “wilderness.”

The volcano that dominates the park has held its fiery breath for 150 years. The forests, parkland, wetlands, lakes, and rivers harbor dozens of species of birds, animals, reptiles, and fish.

Visit in spring, when the wildflowers burst like gems across the hillsides. Visit in summer, when the air is warm and the sun glints off the glaciers. Visit in fall, when the leaves turn the color of fire. Visit in winter, when you’ll feel like you have the park to yourself.

You’ll find services at Paradise, Sunrise, Longmire, Ohanapecosh, and Carbon/Mowich. Grab a map and take a scenic drive or set off on foot—there are 260 miles of hiking trails. Join the exclusive but growing club of visitors who’ve reached the mountain’s summit.

As Nietzsche said, “He who climbs upon the highest mountains, laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”

If You Go: 

The 93-mile Wonderland Trail takes you around the base of Mount Rainier, and over the Tahoma Creek suspension bridge.



Flood Damage

The damage done by previous storms has been repaired.  However, Fall/Winter storms and the damage they reek on park trails, campgrounds and roads continue to challenge the Park Service.  Please check road conditions prior to heading to the park.

Air Pollution

Air pollution is among the most serious threats to national parks. The National Park Service has established the NPS air quality webcam network to show “live” digital images of more than a dozen parks. Click here to see current air conditions at Mount Rainier National Park.








March 14, 2015

thanks! helped a lot!


September 18, 2014

Do you Americans really appreciate just how absolutely huge that incredible mountain actually is? That too was the first part of America I saw also out of the plane window approaching the country from Australia via Hawaii. We don't have very big mountains in Australia of course but I recon Mt. Rainier is literally just out of this world, don't think I will ever be able to completely get my brain around just how that huge massive magnificent structure just stands out there on its own. INCREDIBLE. The people there are great also.


May 13, 2014

I used to live in Washington State, particularly close to Mt. Rainier. Every day I would wake up and think to myself, "what if Rainier erupts today?" It would scare the poop out of me. Almost every day we would have earthquakes, ninety-nine percent of the time you could not hear or feel them, but whenever I would hear of one, it scared the heck out of me. "What if it is actually going to erupts today?" But it never did, thank God.


March 28, 2014

thx for info! helped with my project


February 6, 2014

thanks for the info helped me with my school project


December 18, 2013

i love the snow all over the mountain and it is very big and pretty


November 27, 2013

this site is very helpful if youre looking to tour the national park. however, maybe a little more history and background about Mount Rainier? The information that you have provided is very interesting though.

eric c

November 13, 2013

Where is the natural heated underground chamber located?

mun chi chi

October 16, 2013

thanks for the info


September 10, 2013

How do I buy a map? Might be a good link from here? Hiking distance / Elevation might be good too! Just saying. You want visitors?


August 28, 2013

climbed ranier in 1972....I was I am 54 wheelchair now...plan to climb again... watch!


August 27, 2013

its nice


June 13, 2013

Visit for ranger tour information, Joyce.


June 11, 2013

We will be staying at Paradise Inn on the evening of September 9th. Will there be a Ranger program or lecture that day? If so, where can I find information.


May 15, 2013

mt. rainier is a wounderful place to take a family. you get to visit many places like -paradise amd look and the beautiful sites and its so beautiful during the summer cause all the flowers have bloomed and there sos pretty and you get to see the wild life and i will be going there in a couple weeks for a picnic wioth my family and maybe get to see some of the beautiful flowers that grow at this wounderful national landmark in the washington state is sucgh and good place for the family and i wish i coulos stay up there all the time everyone that works there are so kind.


August 31, 2012

Mount Rainier was the very first landmark I saw of the American continent as the plane that had picked me up from the Philippines across the Pacific gradually descended to land - a gleaming snow-capped rock majestically breaking through the clouds. It prepared me for the incredible vastness and greatness of the land from which it sprouted, the United States of America. Since then, 20 plus years ago, Mount Rainier has 'overseen' my growth, having lived within 7 miles of her 'care', in Lakewood, WA. But most of the time I never noticed her, although I could see her. I have climbed to her 'bosom' 4, maybe 5 times, and each time was a soul-cleansing reunion.


February 19, 2012

Well, i haven't necessarily been to Mount Rainier national park, but i'm doing a project on this park and all the information i have found has been making me want to take a visit to this park .


November 10, 2011

Mount Rainier is a beautiful park with loads to do. In the summer, we love hiking the trails. In the winter and spring, it is a snow covered wonderland. Yesterday we snowshoed up the mountain and had great views of Mt Adams, Mt Saint Helens and the whole southern Cascade range. Beautiful!


November 10, 2011

This park is worth visiting, if only for the views of Mount Rainier itself. Fortunately, there is far more to the park that just "the mountain". There are great lookouts to be climbed, some really beautiful alpine valleys sweeping down off the mountains, and wonderful forest through which to hike. Some thoughts that may be helpful: Camping: Rainier had some of the most beautiful campsites I've seen, nestled among old growth pine. I camped near Sunrise at White River. Definitely a great experience. Different areas: I went to both Sunrise and Mowich Lake. These were great--Sunrise is the more celebrated of the two and offers a great hike that takes you up along glacial fields alongside Mount Rainier for some great shots of the mountain. Access to services is tricky up here. The nearest small communities are not super close to the park. Bring what you need and probably wise to overpack. As with many other parks, cell service gets tricky. Keep people apprised of your plans.


November 10, 2011

The national park is amazing! The 14,000 foot peak gives a great view to Mt Adams, Mt Saint Helens and the whole other southern Cascade range. Even in summer the whole park is covered in snow!

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