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.

In the summer, permits can be obtained at any ranger station in the park during their hours of operation. Obtain permits at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center at Longmire, the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise, the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center at Ohanapecosh, the White River Wilderness Information Center at the White River Entrance, the Sunrise Visitor Center at Sunrise, and the Carbon River Ranger Station located 2.5 miles before the Carbon River Entrance. Some of these facilities close seasonally, so make sure to check the hours of operation before visiting.

In the winter, permits are available at the Longmire Museum every day and the Jackson Visitor Center on weekends. Self-registration during the winter is available at the Carbon River Ranger Station, Ohanapecosh Ranger Station, and the Highway 410 entrance arch at the park's north boundary. Learn more about winter recreation and winter camping at Paradise. Winter camping ends by May 15 each spring.



Wilderness Permits - A wilderness permit is required to hike the Wonderland Trail, backcountry camp, or climb in the park. Due to the high demand for permits, it is recommended to make a wilderness permit reservation. Or, learn how to get a first-come, first-served permit.

Caching Food And Fuel

Current Trail And Backcountry Camp Conditions

Mount Rainier's Wilderness Guidelines And Regulations

Climbing Information

Day Hiking At Mount Rainier

Trails of Mount Rainier - Descriptions of park hiking trails.

Park Maps (including the Wilderness Trip Planner Map)

Mount Rainier Weather

Hours Of Operations

Road Status

Car Campgrounds

Last updated: January 13, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304


(360) 569-2211

Contact Us