Maps and Adventures for Kids

A young hiker at Paradise meadows.
A young hiker at Paradise meadows.

NPS/Kevin Bacher

Mount Rainier is a beautiful, powerful, and ever-changing place. Hiking and wildflower viewing are big reasons people visit the park. You can also step back in time and walk in the footsteps of the pioneers by visiting historic buildings.

The park has backcountry campsites for backpackers looking to sleep under the stars. Mountain climbers also flock to Mount Rainier to be one of the ten thousand people every year who to climb the mountain.

The fun doesn’t hibernate in winter. Sledding, snowshoeing, winter camping, and skiing, are all activities people enjoy.

No matter the season, there is always the opportunity to spend time observing and connecting with the natural world.


View a map of the park here.

In-depth safety information can be found here.


Here are some ranger picks of awesome hikes for kids. Click on the name of the hike to find out more about it and get trail maps. Ranger Tip: Always remember the 10 essentials and an adult when going hiking.

Silver Falls

Bench and Snow Lakes

Naches Peak Loop

Twin Firs

Grove of the Patriarchs

Mount Rainier Junior Rangers

Are you looking to earn your first National Park Junior Ranger badge or add to your collection? Well, Mount Rainier has Junior Ranger books available at all our visitor centers. Complete the activities for your age group, have a ranger review your work and you will be sworn in and issued your official Mount Rainier Junior Ranger badge.

Learn more about becoming a Junior Ranger!

A kid playing in the snow.
Enjoying the snow at Paradise.

NPS Photo

Winter Fun

Learn more about winter recreation activities at Mount Rainier, including:

  • Snowshoe walks - Ranger-led snowshoe walks on weekends and holidays are a great winter activity recommended for children ages eight and up with their families.

  • Sledding and sliding - Kids have a great time sledding at the snow play area of Mount Rainier. Located at Paradise there are three runs, including one just for the five and under crowd.

  • Winter Camping - Scouts and families test their camping skills in the winter at Paradise. Whether you are building a snow cave or setting up a tent. Check the winter recreation page for how to camp at Mount Rainier during the winter

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Last updated: June 27, 2023

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