Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park

Washington, United States

About


Designated as a National Park in 1899

Mount Rainier, an active stratovolcano, is the most prominent peak in the Cascades and is covered by 26 named glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the contiguous United States. The mountain is popular for climbing, and more than half of the park is covered by subalpine and alpine forests and meadows seasonally in bloom with wildflowers. Paradise on the south slope is the snowiest place on Earth where snowfall is measured regularly. The Longmire visitor center is the start of the Wonderland Trail, which encircles the mountain.

Activities


Weather


Today
6/22/2024
Clouds
1°C
L: -3.6°C
H: 1.1°C
Broken clouds
Feels like: -1°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 43%
Wind: 2 kph NW
Tomorrow
6/23/2024
Clear
-5°C
L: -4.5°C
H: -4.5°C
Clear sky
Feels like: -8°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 61%
Wind: 2 kph W
Monday
6/24/2024
Clouds
-13°C
L: -13.4°C
H: -13.4°C
Overcast clouds
Feels like: -19°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 81%
Wind: 3 kph W
Weather data from: OpenWeatherMap

Official park contact info


Phone: (360) 569-2211
Additional information: Mount Rainier Visitor Center

Reviews

4.9

12,543 reviews found on the web

Helpful reviews:

Another amazing NP which is must see, and certainly worth going to. This park is at elevation so you might find yourself breathing a bit harder but again worth doing. The story of the ancient ones known as Anasazi or Pueblo people is fascinating. And if there is a silver lining to the current COVID Pandemic, folks were good to be sure to mask up but also there were few people making it very easy to get at the stops and see them.
Hannah D.
Had the most amazing day trip to the mountain with my 3 kids. Our first time. They loved it so much they’ve decided that this is where we will spend our camping trip this summer. (I’d love recommendations on a location for fishing.) By a happy accidental wrong turn we ended up on Sunrise to just catch the sunset! It was magical.
Andy C.
Spectacular views all around the park. This park offers great waterfalls and amazing views of a huge mountain. Overall I find this park as super accessible as with very minimal hikes you can view almost all the famous points. Must visit on a bright sunny day. Around 2.5 hours from Seattle. Better to reach the park early morning to avoid traffic.
Alexander H.
Hannah D.
December 2020

Another amazing NP which is must see, and certainly worth going to. This park is at elevation so you might find yourself breathing a bit harder but again worth doing. The story of the ancient ones known as Anasazi or Pueblo people is fascinating. And if there is a silver lining to the current COVID Pandemic, folks were good to be sure to mask up but also there were few people making it very easy to get at the stops and see them.

Andy C.
December 2020

Had the most amazing day trip to the mountain with my 3 kids. Our first time. They loved it so much they’ve decided that this is where we will spend our camping trip this summer. (I’d love recommendations on a location for fishing.) By a happy accidental wrong turn we ended up on Sunrise to just catch the sunset! It was magical.

Alexander H.
June 2020

Spectacular views all around the park. This park offers great waterfalls and amazing views of a huge mountain. Overall I find this park as super accessible as with very minimal hikes you can view almost all the famous points. Must visit on a bright sunny day. Around 2.5 hours from Seattle. Better to reach the park early morning to avoid traffic.

Noah B.
August 2020

Absolutely beautiful! We went to Paradise and did one small trail. I had not realized how big this place is. We went for a day trip and saw a deer right in front of us while walking back down.

Nando O.
August 2020

A place were you can regain your inner power and get the inspiration to live your life to the fullest. One absolutely can't help admiring the breathtaking beaty of nature being in the midst of its original spledour and so close to the sky that seams to be a continuation of the mountains themselves. You will forget about the rest of the world and everything in it beneath you being captured by the wonder of the moment.

Em E.
September 2020

Mt Rainier is so impressive from a distance. It was nice to finally see it up close.

Emily X
December 2020

Man this mount Rainier is beautiful. The Paradise is beautiful this time of the year. Wildflowers are still blooming. Go on a week day for less people. Alta Vista trail has great views of the wildflowers.

Rashad B.
August 2020

Crowded and busy busy but still beautiful. They have the road closed at Longmire which isn't very far up the mountain. Best for those who want trails right now but roadside pull over photo ops abound too.

DeShawn L.
August 2020

This place is very nice and it shows a lot of history from the past. They have all sorts of sightseeing places, and they're all so beautiful! I would definitely recommend this place to others!

Kate B.
October 2020

Absolutely beautiful park. We drove in to Paradise and took the Panorama Point via the Skyline and Golden Gate Trails. It is a 4mi round-trip hike (my wife's fitbit clocked it at 5.5 miles) with a 1700' elevation change. It took us about 4 hours with some stops. All in all, it was a fairly strenuous hike, and my legs were jelly by the end. You are supposed to stay within the rock walled path in order to avoid damaging the surrounding vegetation. However, lots of people decided to ignore this and wandered outside the clearly marked boundaries, which was pretty disappointing. Despite all of the people, there was relatively little trash, which was refreshing. We went during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most people were wearing masks (including us). Definitely bring a camera, lots of water, and some food! It is also a good idea to arrive EARLY. We got to the park at around 9am on Labor Day weekend and only had to wait for two cars. When we left at around 1:30, the line to get in was easily 3 miles long.

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