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

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Aug 4-5 Night Road Closure between Nisqually Entrance and Longmire

    Due to major road work the Nisqually Rd will be closed, 9:30 pm to 4:30 am, from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. On Aug 4-5 and if necessary Aug 6, no traffic will enter or exit the park via the Nisqually Road. Use Stevens Canyon Road during closure. More »

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    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. More »

Weather

Lenticular clouds cling to the peak of Mount Rainier.
Lenticular clouds cling to the peak of Mount Rainier.
NPS, Steve Redman
 

Weather patterns at Mount Rainier are strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean, elevation, and latitude. The climate is generally cool and rainy, with summer highs in the 60s and 70s. While July and August are the sunniest months of the year, rain is possible any day, and very likely in spring, fall, and winter.

Visitors should be aware that mountain weather is very changeable. Wet, cold weather can occur anytime of the year. Although late-July and August are generally the driest and warmest time of the year, summer can also be wet and cool. Snow will remain at the 5,000 to 8,000 feet elevation well into mid-July.

Hikers and mountain climbers should be prepared for changing weather. Pay attention to weather forecasts, both one day and long range, avalanche warnings, and special weather alerts. Have extra clothing, rain gear, and a tent for protection against storms anytime of the year. Know the weather forecast and plan your trip accordingly.

 

Current Weather
Use the following links to learn about current weather conditions at Mount Rainier.

Mount Rainier Recreational Forecast
Daily update of park weather with forecast for next several days.

Northwest Avalanche Center
Current conditions and snow level at Paradise.

Weather forecast - West Slopes and Passes of the Central Cascades
National Weather Service forecast for the region including Snoqualmie Pass and Mount Rainier.

Mountain Pass Road Report
Washington State Department of Transportation information on mountain passes throughout Washington.

Paradise SNOTEL Data Report
Information on snow depth, current temperature, year-to-date precipitation and more at Paradise. Updated hourly.

Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center Forecasts
Avalanche forecasts for Washington state and northern Oregon.

Longmire Weather
Current weather data at Longmire from NOAA.

Ohanapecosh Weather
Current weather conditions and snow depth at Ohanapecosh from the University of Utah.

Sunrise Weather
Current weather conditions and snow depth at Sunrise from NOAA.

Camp Muir Weather Station
Current weather conditions at Camp Muir from the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Cayuse Pass SnoTel Station
Weather and snow depth information at Cayuse Pass from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

National Weather Service Seattle Office
Access National Weather Service information for all of western Washington.

Mount Rainier Webcams
Want to see the current weather for yourself? Check our webcams!

 

 

Average Monthly Temperatures at Mount Rainier:

Paradise
(5400 ft/1647 m)

Longmire
(2762 ft/825 m)

Ohanapecosh (1950ft/560 m)

High

Low

High

Low

High

Low

°F/°C

°F/°C

°F/°C

°F/°C

°F/°C

°F/°C

January

33 / 0.5

21 / -6

36 / 2

24 / -4

39 / 4

30 / -1

February

35 / 2

22 / -6

40 / 4

26 / -3

41 / 5

30 / 1

March

37 / 3

22 / -6

44 / 7

28 / -2

42 /6

32 / 0

April

44 / 7

27 / -3

53 / 12

32 / 0

58 / 14

35 / 2

May

50 / 10

32 / 0

62 / 17

37 / 3

70 / 21

41 / 5

June

56 / 14

44 / 7

66 / 19

43 / 6

77 / 25

45 / 7

July

64 / 18

44 / 7

75 / 24

47 / 8

78 / 23

49 / 9

August

63 / 17

43 / 6

74 / 23

47 / 8

81 / 27

48 / 9

September

57 / 14

39 / 4

68 / 20

43 / 6

72 / 22

43 / 6

October

48 / 9

33 / 0.5

57 / 14

38 / 3

57 / 14

36 / 2

November

41 / 5

37 / 3

45 / 7

31 / -0.5

39 / 4

27 / -3

December

34 / 1

22 / -6

39 / 4

28 / -2

34 / 1

23 / -


Annual Snowfall Totals at Paradise, 1920 to 2012

Did You Know?

Tahoma Creek suspension bridge

The 93 mile Wonderland Trail encircles the mountain offering hikers commanding views of Mount Rainier blanketed by 25 icy glaciers. The trail leads through extensive subalpine meadows of wildflowers and lowland old growth forest. The Tahoma Creek suspension bridge is part of the Wonderland Trail.