Hi there! Are you ready to plan an exhilarating trip to Mount Rainier National Park?! You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world as you explore this 14,410 foot volcanic peak and the scenery that surrounds it! You are sure to find something here that everyone in your group will LOVE.
Mount Rainier is a place you will never forget — and likely somewhere you will talk about for years to come. Dramatic mountain peaks, humongous glaciers, and sparkling lakes and waterfalls can be found everywhere you turn. This incredible place will leave you speechless!
There is so much to do. You may have already looked at a map and been a little overwhelmed — and eager — to make sure that you don’t miss the best sights.
I’m a former park ranger and I’ll help you plan your vacation down to the details. I’ve extensively explored Mount Rainier and am here to help! Whether this is your first time to Mount Rainier, or if you are returning after many years and would like to be reintroduced to the park, this list of 10 things is for you.
What You Need to Know
- Mount Rainier is open year-round. Summer is peak season in the park, with prime wildflower viewing in late July and August. Trails are often snow-covered until mid-July or so. For more information on the park’s operating hours and seasons, click here.
- Lodging within Mount Rainier is available at Paradise and Longmire. Restaurants are located in both those locations, as well as up at Sunrise. The outside communities of Ashford, Packwood, and Enumclaw also offer numerous lodging and dining options.
- There are 4 NPS campgrounds in the park, with the majority of the campsites being reservable. You can learn more about camping in the park here.
- The weather is crazy up here! It’s not uncommon for the mountain to be covered in clouds during some or all of your visit, especially during the spring and early summer. The temperatures and conditions can change in an instant, so be prepared with the right gear and knowledge for the trails you plan to hike.
- Numerous hiking trails converge and overlap in this park so you don’t want to be caught hiking in the park without a map. This is the map I use and recommend for Mount Rainier National Park.
I’ll make sure that you don’t miss the sights that make this park so famous, but I also want to provide a few treasures that are off the beaten path as well. Let the adventure begin!
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