Get Your Permit
The Park’s permitting process has changed for the 2020 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we anticipate continued access to the Mount Rainier Wilderness during the summer season, but walk-up permits will not be offered until it is safe and practical to do so. All permits must be obtained in advance. Not all park areas will open and close at the same time. See the Wilderness Alerts page for current restrictions.
The traditional advance reservation period started on March 15 and was closed on May 22. After those initial requests have been processed, the remaining campsites will be offered online, on a first-come, first-served basis. All wilderness permits must be obtained in advance. Walk-up permits will not be issued. Permit requests will not be accepted after October 10, and all permits after that date will be at self-registration stations.
A Wilderness Permit is required for all backcountry camping at Mount Rainier National Park. Check campsite availability below, then submit a reservation request form.
How to Reserve a Wilderness Permit
The park tries to maintain a 1-2 day response time for permit requests. Submitting your request at least one week in advance makes it more likely that rangers will be able to respond to your request with all the information you need.
What you need to activate your permit
Once your permit request is successfully processed you will be contacted by a ranger up to one week before the start of you trip in order to activate and issue your permit. The ranger will confirm:
You will then receive an email with a printable copy of your permit, and a list of permit conditions. Print the permit at home and carry it with you.
How to Acquire a First-come, First-served Permit
Some park facilities are currently closed because of public health concerns. The park will engage in a phased reopening. The possibility remains that the burden of disease could increase or more restrictive guidelines could be implemented. For 2020 only, in order to make the permitting process more predictable and accessible, all wilderness camping and climbing permits will be obtained in advance. “Walk-up” permits will not be issued at the Wilderness Information Centers, Visitor Centers, or Ranger Stations, until it is safe and reasonable to do so.
Find a Ranger Station
Ranger Stations are currently closed, and will reopen when it is safe and appropriate to do so. Ranger Stations where you can normally acquire permits and information are:
In the winter, permits are available at the Longmire Museum 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 recreation.
Most Ranger Stations are open seasonally, so make sure to check their hours of operation.
Last updated: July 9, 2020