Wilderness Camping & Climbing Reservations and Permits
Mount Rainier has a reservation option for those wanting to camp in the backcountry. Reservations are not required but are recommended, especially for the busy months of July and August. The park issues about 70 percent of available wilderness camping space through a reservation system. The remaining 30 percent of wilderness camps are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry of Mount Rainier.
CHOOSE WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO:
Please note: we cannot reserve a front-country car campground on your wilderness itinerary. For information on car campgrounds, travel here.
Travel here to see a list of online maps that will help you in planning your backpacking trip at Mount Rainier. Includes maps for hiking, backpacking, climbing and car camping as well as general park maps.
CACHING FOOD & FUEL
For those who are doing extened hikes, such as the 93 mile (150km) Wonderland Trail hike around Mount Rainier, there is an option to cache food at predetermined locations around the mountain. For more information on caching food and fuel, travel here.
Did You Know?
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.