Things To Do

Mount Rainier National Park offers excellent opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, and mountain climbing. Most roads are open from late May to early October and all provide stunning views and access to a variety of hiking trails and other sites. While many visitors attempt to see the park in a day, consider an in-depth exploration of one or two areas of the park, or combine a longer visit with nearby attractions. Explore the links below for activities available at Mount Rainier National Park.

 
Two hikers decend a trail into a forested river valley.

Wilderness Hiking, Camping, & Climbing

Information and permits for exploring Mount Rainier's backcountry.

An RV parked at a campsite.

Campgrounds

Camp in one of the park's three drive-in campgrounds.

Two climbers scale a deep snowy slope high above the surrounding mountain ranges.

Climbing

Scaling the heights of Mount Rainier can be exciting as well as technically and physically demanding. Prepare for a safe climb.

A family walks along a trail through a meadow with a view of Mount Rainier.

Day Hiking

From short family-friendly nature trails to mid-length trails, the park has a variety of options for day hiking.

A hiker follows a trail along a ridge towards Mount Rainier.

Trails of Mount Rainier

The park has over 275 miles of maintained trails to take you from forest paths to subalpine ridges. Find the trail for you!

A ranger leads a group of people on snowshoes through a snowy forest.

Winter Recreation

Come play in the snow! Go on a ranger-guided snowshoe walk, sled in the Paradise snow play area, or enjoy other winter recreation.

White sitka valerian blooms against a kaleidoscope of different colored flowers in a meadow.

Discover Wildflowers

Find out what's blooming where, from tiny forest flowers to Mount Rainier's lush subalpine meadows!

Two bicyclists wearing packs ride down a dirt road through dense forest.

Bicycling

Bicycling park roads is both challenging and scenic.

A hand holds a small brown and green spotted trout.

Fishing & Boating

The park is not known for fishing and boating, but there are options to enjoy both on certain rivers and lakes.

A rainbow arches through the spray of a waterfall cascading down a rocky cliff.

Waterfalls

Explore a few of Mount Rainier's many waterfalls!

Two children silhouetted against an evening sky and mountain ranges.

Citizen Ranger Quests

Has your inner Junior Ranger never really gone away? Try out a Quest! Designed for older children (12 and up) and adults.

Volunteer meadow rover leads visitors along a subalpine trail.

Volunteer

From maintaining trails, protecting meadows, or researching owls, find the volunteer project that fits you!

Last updated: August 7, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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