Wilderness Camping and Hiking
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Permits are not required for day hiking. However, camping overnight in the wilderness at Mount Rainier requires a permit. In the summer, permits can be obtained at any ranger station in the park during their hours of operation. Obtain permits at: the Longmire Wilderness Information Center at Longmire, the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center at Ohanapecosh, the White River Wilderness Information Center at the White River Entrance, the Sunrise Visitor Center at Sunrise and the Carbon River Ranger Station at the Carbon River Entrance.
In the winter, permits are available at the Longmire Museum every day and the Jackson Visitor Center on weekends. Self-registration during the winter is available at the Carbon River Ranger Station, Ohanapecosh Ranger Station, and the Highway 410 entrance arch at the park's north boundary. Learn more about winter camping at Paradise. Winter camping ends by May 15 each spring.
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March 27, 2015: As of midday this date the park has received 1,770 wilderness reservation requests just since March 15. The majority of these are for hiking the Wonderland Trail. At this rate we are on track for equaling or breaking the record for the largest amount of reservation requests received for the period of March 15 - March 31. Given the number of applications we have already received we will not be able to successfully fulfill all requests, specifically those for the Wonderland Trail.
Wilderness Permits & Reservations - Learn how to apply for a wilderness permit reservation to hike the Wonderland Trail, backcountry camp or climb in the park. An alternative option to a reservation is a first-come, first served permit.
FULL CAMPS- Last updated May 8, 2014- Check here to see a list of full camps on the Wonderland Trail.
Trails of Mount Rainier - Descriptions of park hiking trails.
Park Maps (including the Wilderness Trip Planner Map)