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The dramatic backdrop to the cityscape, the snowy peak of Mount Rainier stands almost 4,400 metres above the streets of Seattle beneath. The source of water for the entire region with 25 large glaciers and snowfields that melt each and every spring, Mount Rainier is also part of a large national park covering 616 square kilometres.
A designated Wilderness Area, the park contains stunning alpine meadows, forests, streams, as well as dramatic waterfalls which you can admire on foot. Walk along over 400 kilometres of trails for the opportunity to see the extraordinary, captivating splendour of Mount Rainier and the surrounding park.
The Trail of the Shadows is a pleasant hike, taking just 20 minutes from the National Park Inn at Longmire. Alternatively took the Twin Firs Loop Trail, along which you’ll get to pass through a forest made of impressive western red cedars, Douglas firs and all kinds of other great species. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxed, slow-paced walk or you’re a more hardened outdoors lover looking for something a little more challenging, there are many different hikes to suit all levels, however long you’re here for. Casually explore the meadows and glaciers or go all the way to the top of Mount Rainier with the help of experienced guides.
Among the other highlights you can enjoy are mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, sledding, even a spot of cross-country skiing! Head to the Visitor Center at Paradise for information about the park – it’s open daily through the summer months, as well as on weekends and during holidays all year round.
If you’re coming by car, take a drive along the road that encircles the park and enjoy great views or stop off for a casual walk. If you’re staying for longer, rooms are available at the National Park Inn at Longmire or the Paradise Inn. Camping areas are also located throughout the park.
About 144 kilometres by road from Seattle, the national park is open throughout the year but is at its peak in the summer. Snow blocks many routes during from October all the way until June, and sometimes the 19 kilometre stretch from Longmire to Paradise is closed off because of the dangers of an avalanche.
It's worth giving yourself plenty of time at Mount Rainier National Park. Below are the best things to do:
You ought to consider checking out a Mt. Rainier Tour - Small Group (10 or less) - Lunch & Pickup or a Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour while you're in the area. These activities are a couple of the most sought-after.
If you're seeking more options, peruse our Seattle things to do page.
Situated in a national park, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Rainier National Park.
Situated in Paradise, this hotel is steps from Paradise Loop and Mount Rainier National Park. Mount Rainier and Narada Falls are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Longmire, this hotel is steps from Longmire Museum and Mount Rainier National Park. Mount Rainier and Narada Falls are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Crystal Mountain Ski Area and Crystal Mountain. Snoquera Falls Loop is 10.8 mi (17.3 km) away.
Situated in the mountains, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Crystal Mountain Ski Area and Crystal Mountain. Snoquera Falls Loop is 10.6 mi (17 km) away.
Situated in the historical district, this cabin is 6.6 mi (10.5 km) from Longmire Museum and 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from Ex-Nihilo Sculpture Park. High Rock Trailhead is 16.2 mi (26.1 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is 7.7 mi (12.4 km) from Longmire Museum and 9.7 mi (15.6 km) from Ex-Nihilo Sculpture Park. Mount Rainier and High Rock Trailhead are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Ashford, this cabin is 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from Ex-Nihilo Sculpture Park and 8.9 mi (14.3 km) from Longmire Museum. Mount Rainier and High Rock Trailhead are also within 20 mi (32 km).