The gate to Paradise at Longmire closes nightly.
Mon-Fri: Closes at 5:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 4:30 pm to safely drive down the hill before the gate closes. Sat-Sun: Closes at 7:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 6:30 pm. More »
The Snow Play area in Paradise is open on weekends and holidays.
The Paradise snow play area for sledding and sliding is open Sat-Sun, and on holidays. More »
Watch out for hazardous winter conditions!
As the amount of snow in the park increases, be aware of increased risk of Avalanches and Snow Immersion Suffocation. More »
Mount Rainier's Climbing Fee to Increase in 2013
Contact: Stefan Lofgren, Mountaineering District Ranger, 360-569-6642
Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King announces that the climbing cost recovery fee will be increased by one dollar for the 2013 calendar year. This increase applies to both the youth and adult passes. Adult passes for those 25 and older will be adjusted to $44 and youth passes for those 24 and under will be adjusted to $31.
The fee is currently $43 for adults 25 and older and $30 for youth 24 and younger. The new fee for 2013 climbing passes will go into effect on December 1, 2012.
This climbing cost recovery fee is a special use fee that supports climbing management and services on Mount Rainier. The fee was first implemented in 1995, and was last increased in 2011 following a series of public meetings held in Seattle, Tacoma, and Ashford. Minor shortfalls in fees collected as well as inflation over the past two years necessitate the nominal fee increase in 2013.
Each year, around 10,500 people climb the mountain. The climbing cost recovery fee is a special use fee that offsets some of the costs involved in managing and supporting climbing on Mount Rainier. All funds generated by the cost recovery fee are used to support climbing and climber services, including:
For more information, please contact Stefan Lofgren, Mountaineering District Ranger, at 360-569-6642. Detailed information on Mount Rainier's climbing program, services, staffing and annual budget can be found at on Mount Rainier's park planning page.
Did You Know?
Floyd Schmoe was Mount Rainier's first full-time Park Naturalist. In 1923, he launched the park's "Nature Notes", a series of writings on various park-related topics. There are hundreds of editions of the notes in the park's collection, all of which are accessible through the Mount Rainier History & Culture webpage: More...