hiking

views

wild flowers

forest

walking

nature trips

wildlife

birding

kid friendly

no dogs

lake

waterfall

river

camping

trail running

snowshoeing

mountain biking

backpacking

rock climbing

skiing

snowboarding

Mount Rainier National Park is located in west-central Washington and is ideal for hiking, mountain climbing and scenic drives. Most roads are open from late May to early October, which allow for both stunning views and access to a wide range of hiking trails and other sites. Hikers will find forests with cedar, hemlock, and fir trees as well as streams and wildflower meadows. On Rainier's alpine slopes, visitors will find firs, glaciers, and tundra. Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the most prominent peak in the Cascades, and it is covered by 26 named glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the continental United States. The mountain is popular for climbing, and more than half of the park is covered by subalpine and alpine forests. Paradise on the south slope is one of the snowiest places in the world, and the Longmire visitor center is the start of the Wonderland Trail, which encircles the mountain.

hiking
4 days ago

It was a rainy and foggy day when we went, but still was an enjoyable hike.

Great hike. Love that it intersects with other trails

It's a nice walk. It connects with other trails, providing more of a challenge

Found this by accident kinda.. Directly off 410 ..hardly any one there..we ran into 4 groups of people the whole time.. trail was dry untill we got to the snow probly 4 miles in.. fantastic view and Waterfalls

very rainy and ran into a bear on the trail! It's quite a different experience when nobody is around and it's foggy everywhere

on Green Lake Trail

10 days ago

One of my all time favorite hikes. Be sure to go to # 2 and #3, not included in this map.

In mid July there were still some snowfields to cross, so I'd recommend having crampons and poles handy just in case

The main road to get to this trail is closed & I couldn't find another route there.

The river has shifted so there isn't a log bridge across the river so you can't reach the falls. Once the trail maintenance crew comes out this spring they will replace the foot bridge and you will be able to cross again.

I'd say this was an easy trail, pretty steep in places but the switchbacks leveled it out nice. The falls were beautiful and the lake was amazing. The trail is clearly marked from the road so you don't have to worry about missing it. From where we parked it was about 13 miles round trip.

18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike! First 3 miles was easy next 1.8 was a moderate climb to the top. Very little snow on the trail except for the final quarter mile. Snow was compact and easy walking. Lake was frozen over but the falls was great! Took a total of 4 hours.

Fun hike through the woods for all skill levels.

snowshoeing
22 days ago

Spectacular day on Mt. Rainier. The road up to Paradise was icy in spots but not enough to need chains. Lots of people for a week day, parking lot 3/4 full when I arrived and continuing to fill.

I decided to hike the Skyline trail counter-clockwise so headed down the road and up to Mazama Ridge via the 4th Crossing trail. Met only two other groups of snowshoers and wondered where all the people went when I saw how many little black dots were on the Muir snowfield. Looked like a line of little black ants.

Near the junction to Paradise Glacier I ran into a couple who suggested avoiding the trail on up to Panorama Point because of the copious cornices. Sounded like sound advice so I headed on up the Paradise Glacier trail, turning around just past where the end of the maintained trail would be if you could see it.

Gorgeous views in every direction. Sun, sun, sun! Don't forget sunscreen and sunglasses!

One of my favorite hikes! Lots of switchbacks but from the trailhead to the lookout it's only about and hour hike. The view at the lookout is incredible. There is a light dusting of snow at the upper forest area. Definitely would do it again