Alerts & Conditions
Updates about current park conditions. Updates are also posted by MountRainierNPS on Twitter.
Longmire to Paradise - Nightly Gate Closure
(Posted 1/6/2017) Temporary Change to the Longmire-Paradise Gate Opening (January 9-20)
The park currently has several snow plows that are out of commission due to equipment failure. Two have repairs that will keep them inoperable for at least two weeks. Additionally, we are unexpectedly down a couple of road crew positions. To accommodate these issues and continue to provide access to Paradise over the next two weeks, the weekday Longmire-Paradise target gate opening time will be 10:00 am. When possible the gate will open earlier. Weekend and MLK holiday target opening of 9:00 am remains unchanged. All gate opening times are subject to change based on the daily situation. Check Twitter daily for updates on road status and opening times.
(Posted 11/15/16) The gate at Longmire on the road to Paradise closes nightly. Check Twitter for gate status and other road condition updates (account not required to view). The road may close at any time, or may not open during the day, depending on conditions.
2016 Wilderness Permits to be First-Come, First Served
(News Release 3/23/16)
Mount Rainier National Park will process wilderness camping and climbing permits on a first-come, first-served basis only in 2016, including permits for hiking the Wonderland Trail.
Planning Your Visit
Laws and Policies
Please note several laws and policies relating to Mount Rainier National Park that may affect your visit. The full park compendium is available on the park management page.
Marijuana on Federal Lands
Contact: Chief Ranger's Office - 360-569-6612
Mount Rainier National Park would like to provide clarification regarding the use and possession of marijuana on Federal lands. The recently passed Washington State law, which allows for limited recreational marijuana use under certain conditions, has no bearing on Federal laws which continue to identify marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug, and prohibit its use. Possession of marijuana or use of any amount of marijuana is still prohibited in Mount Rainier National Park, its facilities, concessions, and campgrounds, and in the surrounding National Forest Lands. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both (16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).