At Mount Rainier, cyclists can enjoy bicycling that is both challenging and scenic. Bicycles are allowed on park roads but they are not permitted on any hiking trails and the park does not have any designated bike trails.
September and early October are generally excellent times for cyclists to visit Mount Rainier. During these months, there are usually fewer vehicles on the roads and fall colors enhance the scenery. However, many facilities and services are reduced or discontinued after Labor Day.
Be aware that the park may temporarily close any road to bicycle use. Signs will mark closed roads and cyclists can check current road status when planning a trip. Availability of bicycling equipment in or near the park is very limited and cyclists should be prepared to make repairs on their own. For your safety, wear a helmet.
Riding the Roads
Park roads are steep, narrow, winding and have unpaved shoulders. There are several significant elevation gains and losses. Cyclists are advised to maintain safe speeds on downhill sections. While in the park, bicyclists are required by Federal regulation to ride single file. Bicyclists may ride two abreast only on Westside Road and Carbon River Road, where vehicles are not allowed. However, please be aware of hikers also using those roads.
Nisqually Entrance - Paradise
NE Entrance - Sunrise
Carbon River Trail (former road)** - NOTE: Due to a large number of fallen trees, the Carbon River Trail is temporarily impassible for bicyclists and challenging for hikers. Thanks for your patience while crews work to clear the road. (updated 1/22/21)
Mowich Lake Road
Using E-bikes at Mount Rainier National Park
E-bikes are now allowed everywhere traditional bicycles are allowed in Mount Rainier National Park. This includes all park roads currently open to motor vehicles. E-bikes possessing a motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p) on which the motor only assists with pedal propulsion are permitted on roads and trails that are currently open only to bicycles, including the Westside Road to Klapache Point and the Carbon River Road from the Carbon River Entrance to Ipsut Creek Campground.
Cycling Events at Mount Rainier
Each July, the Redmond Cycling Club sponsors RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day), in which 750 cyclists test themselves on a 154 mile course with 10,000 feet of total elevation gain.
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There are many ways to experience Mount Rainier National Park. Most visitors explore the park in vehicles or on foot, but why not by bike? Most of Westside Road is closed to vehicles, but is open to bicycling and hiking. Ride through old-growth forest, visit a historic ranger cabin and stonework bridges, and pause to remember the long history of the mountain.
Last updated: January 22, 2021