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Mount Rainier National Park

This stunning snow-capped mountain towering above Seattle is also the focal point of an entire national park and a great place to hike and explore.

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.

Popular Activities at Mount Rainier National Park

Would you like to make your visit to Mount Rainier National Park even more unique? Remember to try out a few of these activities:

For even more things to do, have a look at our Seattle things to do page.


Guide to Exploring Mount Rainier National Park


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Rainbows End At Mt. Rainier
Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2018
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Rainbows End At Mt. Rainier

Rainbows End At Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier, Longmire, WA
     
    3.7 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    It was cozy, nicely furnished and we really enjoyed the fireplace.

    Paradise Inn
    Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2018
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    Paradise Inn

    Paradise Inn

    52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA
       
      5.0 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Loved it. Friendly staff, clean rooms, fun for kids. Has a café, gift shop, and restaurant. There is a pianist playing in the afternoon, and the Inn has a huge lobby to gather and exchange stories.

      National Park Inn
      Reviewed on 17 Dec. 2018
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      National Park Inn

      National Park Inn

      47009 Paradise Rd E, Longmire, WA
         
        4.4 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0

        The peace and quiet of the snow carries into this hotel. Disconnect and enjoy being present. The food and wine were also excellent.

        Crystal Mountain Hotels
        Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2019
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        Crystal Mountain Hotels

        Crystal Mountain Hotels

        33818 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw, WA
           
          3.6 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          We had a pet room, which was great. Scooby enjoyed the dog bed. We were also able to leave him in the room while we skiied--we'd brought our kennel. All of us were happy with the situation. We will certainly stay there again.

          Crystal Chalets Condominiums at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
          Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2019
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          Crystal Chalets Condominiums at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

          Crystal Chalets Condominiums at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

          33613 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Crystal Mountain, Enumclaw, WA
             
            3.4 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0

            I loved the mountain setting and the view of the ski resort

            Gateway Inn AU$155
            Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2019
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            Gateway Inn

            Gateway Inn

            38820 State Route 706 East, Ashford, WA
               
              3.3 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Cozy cabin right next to entrance of Rainier National Park. Room was clean and bed comfortable. Fun stay

              Alexander's Lodge AU$141
              Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2019
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              Alexander's Lodge

              Alexander's Lodge

              37515 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA
                 
                4.1 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Auite view on the forest was amazing. Room was nice and cozy. Staff was great. Breakfast was exellent.

                Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier AU$114
                Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2018
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                Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier

                Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier

                35707 SR 706 E, Ashford, WA
                   
                  3.5 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  The beds weren't very comfortable, and I didn't like there was no cable to watch after a long day