The Washington wilderness is right in our backyard—and Mt. Rainier is our majestic reminder. Spanning 235,625 acres or 368 square miles, Mt. Rainier National Park includes over 260 miles of maintained trails, three main drive-in campgrounds, a museum, and several wilderness and climbing centers and ranger stations. Planning a staycation? The park also offers two inns as lodging.
Welcome to Paradise, the region of Mt. Rainier where you can cross-country ski, snowboard, sled, and go winter camping. You can also learn about the park’s winter ecology by taking a snowshoe tour led by a ranger!
Every skill level is welcome on the trails, which offer routes ranging from relaxed to challenging. September through early October is our favorite time to go, thanks to reduced traffic and spectacular fall colors.
Spend the night under the stars on any of the park’s three drive-in campgrounds. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis, with optional reservations available at the Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh Rock campgrounds via Recreation.gov. Paving and other maintenance might affect campground availability, so check the latest updates before you go!
Set out on a magnificent trail system offering lake vistas and dramatic mountain views of Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, the Olympic Mountains, and the Tahoma Glacier.
Speaking of peaks, the height of wildflower season is a must-see. Approximately from mid-July to early August, see (and snap) the park carpeted with yarrow and mountain bog gentian, among many other blooms.
It feels like a retreat when you go home. When you drive up and see the mountain view; it’s amazing to know that this is home.
It feels like we’re on vacation 24/7, but we’re actually right down the street from our friends. We’re 10 minutes away from everything—where else can you find that?