Wilderness Camping and Hiking
INTRODUCTIONPermits 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 located 2.5 miles before the Carbon River Entrance. Some of these facilities close seasonally, so make sure to check the hours of operation before visiting.
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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AUGUST 11, 2015: For the remainder of the 2015 season, THE PARK IS NOT ACCEPTING RESERVATION REQUESTS FOR PARTIES ATTEMPTING TO HIKE THE ENTIRE WONDERLAND TRAIL, OR ANY PORTION OF IT. We received a staggering (and record) number of wilderness reservation requests between March 15 and April 1 (2,600). The option to a reservation is to attempt to get a first-come, first-served permit. More information about that process is found here.
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- MAY 25, 2015- This list will not be updated this year as the majority of reservable sites are now full. 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)