Wilderness Camping and Hiking


Hiking in Grand Park
On the trail in Grand Park


Permits are not required for day hiking. However, camping overnight in the wilderness at Mount Rainier requires a permit.

Permits may be reserved in advance by visiting Recreation.gov, or be obtained in person at park Wilderness Information Centers. Visit the Wilderness Permits page for more information.

In the winter, permits are still required and available through self-registration outside of Wilderness Information Centers, or at the SR410 entrance arch at the park's north boundary once the road closes for the season. Check the Wilderness Permit page for details. Learn more about winter recreation, including winter camping. Winter camping ends by May 15 each spring.



A sign next to a path leading to a rustic building reads "Wilderness Information Center - Permits".
Wilderness Permits

A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping. Learn how to reserve a permit or acquire a first-come, first-served permit.

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Trail & Backcountry Camp Conditions

Trail and wilderness camp conditions are updated during the summer months.

Three large metal storage lockers set up outside with a sign reading "Wonderland Trail Food Cache."
Caching Food and Fuel

Hikers on the Wonderland Trail can cache food and fuel at several locations along the 93-mile route during the summer.

A narrow dirt trail climbs up a meadow slope next to a creek towards a rocky ridge.
Wilderness Guidelines & Regulations

Help protect Mount Rainier's wilderness while having a safe trip by following these guidelines and regulations.

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

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Day Hiking

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

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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!

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Park Maps

Maps of Mount Rainier National Park, including the Wilderness Trip Planner Map and area trail maps.

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

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Road Status

Find out current road conditions, including access to Paradise during the winter season.

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Be prepared for Mount Rainier's changeable weather.

Last updated: April 25, 2024

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