Wilderness Camping and Hiking
PLEASE READ! 2013 WILDERNESS-RELATED ALERTS
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. For more information on winter camping at Paradise, travel here. Winter camping ends by May 15 each spring.
CHOOSE WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO:
May 14, 2013: Attempting to reserve camps to hike the entire Wonderland Trail, or a large part of it, is no longer possible for trips starting between July 13 and September 25. See the FULL CAMPS list below. The number of applications for the Wonderland Trail are unprecedented this season.
FULL CAMPS LAST UPDATED May 29, 2013: Travel Here To See Which Camps Are Full For Reservations On The Wonderland Trail. The Wonderland Trail
Wilderness Reservation Request Form Please do not fax and mail your reservation form. Choose only one method. Doing both creates multiple problems.
Park Maps (including the Wilderness Trip Planner Map)
Did You Know?
In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...