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 Road
Mowich Lake Road
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.
Last updated: November 14, 2018