• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

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    Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »

Bicycling

A bicyclist, wearing a helmet and backpack, sits on her bicycle on Westside Road.

Bicyclist on Westside Road

Jayme Margolin

At Mount Rainier, cyclists can enjoy bicycling that is both challenging and scenic. Bicycles are allowed on park roads but they are not permitted on any hiking trails and the park does not have any designated bike trails.

September and early October are generally excellent times for cyclists to visit Mount Rainier. During these months, there are usually fewer vehicles on the roads and fall colors enhance the scenery. However, many facilities and services are reduced or discontinued after Labor Day.

Be aware that the park may temporarily close any road to bicycle use. Signs will mark closed roads and cyclists can check current road status when planning a trip. Availability of bicycling equipment in or near the park is very limited and cyclists should be prepared to make repairs on their own. For your safety, wear a helmet.

NOTE: Major road construction work is underway on the road from Nisqually Entrance to Longmire from May - November, 2014. Cyclists are strongly encouraged to choose alternate routes and avoid this road construction area.

Riding the Roads

Park roads are steep, narrow, winding and have unpaved shoulders. There are several significant elevation gains and losses. Cyclists are advised to maintain safe speeds on downhill sections.

From the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park, it is 19 miles one-way with a 3,400 foot gain in elevation to Paradise.

From the northeast park boundary on SR410,it is 20 miles with an elevation gain of 3,650 feet to Sunrise.

The Carbon River Road, in the northwest corner of the park, is approximately 5 miles long and offers a ride through a rain forest alongside the Carbon River to Ipsut Creek Campground. Due to the November 2006 flood, bicyclists share the road with pedestrians but the road is closed to motor vehicle traffic. Also, the road is subject to flooding so it could close at any time. Check current road conditions when planning your trip.

The Mowich Lake Road is also in the northwest corner of the park at the end of Highway 165. This 5-mile dirt road leads to a beautiful sub-alpine lake.

The Westside Road is just beyond the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park. The first three miles of the road are open to motor vehicles as well as bicycles. There is a small parking area at the end of this three mile section and many mountain bikers choose to leave their cars at this point. There are challenging climbs and many spectacular views along this 9¼ mile stretch to Klapatche Point.

Another option for mountain bikers is the road behind the old campground in Longmire. Vehicle parking and access to this road are at the Community Building in Longmire. This road connects with Forest Service Road 52 (also called Skate Creek or Kernahan Road).

Cycling Events at Mount Rainier:

Each July, the Redmond Cycling Club sponsors RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier One Day), in which 750 cyclists test themselves on a 154 mile course with 10,000 feet of total elevation gain.

Did You Know?

Winter snow buries the lower floors of the Paradise Inn.

At Mount Rainier, winter snowfall is typically heaviest between the elevations of 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Paradise, at 5,420 feet, receives an average of 641 inches of snowfall (nearly 54 feet) every year, making it one of the consistently snowiest places on Earth of those where snowfall is measured.