Get Your Permit
A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the wilderness of Mount Rainier National Park. Please Note: Those wishing to climb above 10,000 feet or onto any glaciers must purchase a Climbing Pass. Climbers who wish to camp overnight must also get a Wilderness Permit in order to acquire a camp site.
How to Acquire a First-come, First-served Permit
The first-come, first-served permit was not available when I tried to get it.I want to get a first-come, first-served permit for Summerland on July 15, but when I get to the Ranger Station they tell me there are no more permits for that night. How is this possible?
Scenario 1: Other parties may have gotten the permits before you that very same day (or one day before) from any Ranger Station in the park.
Scenario 2: Let's say you want Summerland on the night of July 15. You show up at a Ranger Station that has the earliest opening hours only to find the permits are gone. How is this possible?
A party may have come into the Ranger Station on July 13 to get a first-come, first-served permit to do a four day hike. Their permit looks like this:
July 13 Sunrise Camp
Summerland Camp has been obtained by this party for the night of July 15, the same night you are attempting to get that campsite.
Find a Ranger Station
In the summer, Ranger Stations where you can acquire permits are:
In the winter, permits are available at the Longmire Information Center every day and the Jackson Visitor Center on weekends. Self-registration is available at the Carbon River Ranger Station, Ohanapecosh Ranger Station, and at the Highway 410 entrance arch at the park's north boundary. Learn more about winter camping.
Most Ranger Stations are open seasonally, so make sure to check their hours of operation.
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A wilderness permit is required in order to camp in the backcountry or wilderness of Mount Rainier National Park. Wilderness permits are available only on a first-come, first-served basis in 2016. Ranger Daniel explains some tips to make your attempt to get a wilderness camping permit successful.