From short family-friendly nature trails to mid-length trails, the park has a variety of options for day hiking.
Only a small part of the park can be reached by vehicles. Explore the rest through hiking and wilderness camping.
A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping. Learn how to reserve a permit or acquire a first-come, first-served permit.
Select one of the trails below for more details. ***All hiking distances are round-trip.***
Northwest Area Trails:
Lake James Trail (27 miles)
Moraine Park Trail (21 miles)
Spray Park Trail (6 miles)
Northeast Area Trails:
Burroughs Mountain Trail (7 miles)
Crystal Lakes Trail (6 miles)
Glacier Basin Trail (7 miles)
Mt Fremont Lookout Trail (5.5 miles)
Naches Peak Loop Trail (3.5 miles)
Owyhigh Lakes Trail (7 miles)
Area Trail Maps
Pacific Crest Trail
A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail weaves in and out of Mount Rainier National Park along the park's eastern boundary, from Chinook Pass in the north down to Laughingwater Creek in the south (near Three Lakes). Please note that there are no established backcountry camp sites within the park along the Pacific Crest Trail. Camping is permitted on adjacent United States Forest Service lands. For information regarding public lands that require permits, consult the Pacific Crest Trail Association permits page. For more infomation about hiking the portions of the Pacific Crest Trail in the park see the Naches Peak Loop Trail. Learn more about the Pacific Crest Trail at pcta.org.
Pets are not allowed on trails
At Mount Rainier, pets are NOT allowed in the following areas (service animals excepted):
- On trails**
- In wilderness and/or off-trail areas
- Inside buildings
- In amphitheaters
- On roads closed for winter
**The Pacific Crest Trail is the one exception to this rule. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are permitted on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Last updated: May 4, 2023