Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier is the ultimate in American alpine climbing. Outdoor adventurers have plenty to do at this all-seasons destination and mountaineers love this 14,411-foot climb. 

Paradise, on the southwest side of Mount Rainier National Park, keeps climbers busy with more than 16 trail networks. As one of the prime winter-use areas, Paradise Meadows is a snow enthusiast’s utopia where sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing thrive. During the rest of the year, enjoy Paradise for backpacking, fishing and day tripping.

At an elevation of more than 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle. With acres of wildflower meadows, views of glaciers and spectacular sights, Sunrise is full of magnificent scenery. From the summit you can hike, bike, ski or snowshoe your way back down. On the lower slopes, take a guided snowshoe tour and venture through the playground of snow. This snowy mountain transforms from a winter wonderland to a summer oasis—perfect for year-round recreation. Test your arm with extreme disc golf or saddle up a horse and trot through the wildflowers.

Top Five

  1. Mount Rainier National Park
  2. Climbing + Hiking
  3. Largest, No-Fee Hut-to-Hut Trail System
  4. Family-Friendly Lodging
  5. All-Seasons Recreation

Things to do

  • Hike along Paradise River to see the famous 168-foot Narada Falls. Also check out Wonderland Trail, a 93-mile path passing along swift rivers and pristine waters, or backpack to the famous high-altitude Camp Muir.
  • Stay at the historic Paradise Inn, with stunning views of the Nisqually Glacier. Catch a bite to eat at Copper Creek Inn, named by Lonely Planet as “one of the state’s greatest rural restaurants.”
  • Explore one of the oldest museums in the National Park System, the historic Longmire Museum. Wander through the Grove of the Patriarchs, a group of 1,000-year-old trees.
  • Choose your own hiking adventure in Mount Rainier National Park or Federation Forest State Park where you can view huge old-growth Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Hemlock trees.