NPS Public Health Update regarding COVID-19
The National Park Service Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service is closely monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with CDC guidance and other federal, state, and local health authorities, visitors can be assured that facilities in national parks, including lodges and restaurants, continue to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors.
More information, updates, and links to specific information about parks can be found at NPS Public Health Update. For more information about the response at Mount Rainier, visit the COVID-19 Visitor Guide for Healthy Access.
No matter the length of your hike, being aware of risks can help make your hiking experience safe and enjoyable!
The park is home to a diversity of animals, including potentially dangerous large mammals like black bears and mountain lions.
Winter can show you a different side of the park, but it also involves extra safety considerations such as the risk of avalanches.
The weather can change quickly at Mount Rainier, from calm to stormy and back again. Check the weather to prepare for a safe visit.
Mount Rainier is an active volcano. Learn more about debris flows and other geologic hazards of this unusual environment.
Scaling the heights of Mount Rainier can be exciting as well as technically and physically demanding. Prepare for a safe climb.
Spring Hiking Safety
It's easy to underestimate the hazards of spring hiking, when higher elevations are still covered in snow. Follow spring hiking safety tips.
Don't Be a Victim!
Each year, auto burglaries occur in this region at trailheads and parking areas both inside and outside the park. Many items are stolen from visitor's vehicles, including credit cards and personal identification, which often lead to cases of identity theft and other hardships for the victims. Park Rangers investigate and follow up these cases to the full extent of the law, however not all stolen property is recovered, and repairs to vehicles that have been burglarized may cost hundreds of dollars. The individuals responsible for these crimes have been successfully caught and convicted in the park, however, this type of crime can and will continue to occur.
To avoid becoming a victim of future car break-ins, visitors to Mount Rainier and surrounding areas should continue to take precautions by not leaving any valuables in their cars while in the park. Follow these simple guidelines:
Last updated: November 16, 2020