Things to do & places to visit in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, United States
Mount Rainier National Park national park in Washington, United States. Timezone: America/Los_Angeles, current date and time: Thursday, December 07, 2023, 22:18.
Top things to do (12)
- Hiking Trails
- Ski & Snowboard Areas
- Visitor Centers
- Bodies of Water
- History Museums
- Hot Springs & Geysers
- Speciality Museums
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- 5.0 Mount Rainier (1.797 reviews)
The most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wandering
At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the fifth highest mountain in the continental 48 states. See more..
- 5.0 Skyline Trail (317 reviews)
With an elevation gain of 1,400 fee, this five-mile hiking trail starts from Paradise to Panorama Point, Stevens-Van Trump Memorial with a final descent into Paradise Valley and Myrtle Falls. See more..
- 5.0 Paradise Valley (153 reviews)
Mountains • Valleys
A scenic area attracting more visitors than any other area of the park. See more..
- 5.0 Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail (57 reviews)
Must Do in Mount Rainier
A 5.6-mile trail leading to a look out tower offering views of glaciers, meadows and maybe even a mountain goat. See more..
- 5.0 Burroughs Mountain Trail (18 reviews)
Do the whole loop
I did this hike starting at the white river campground at the glacier basin trail then took the cutoff for the Burroughs mountain, then back to the campground after walking through the sunrise parking lot to get to that trail. Very windy at the top so dont expect to eat lunch or a snack there. Stuff was flying everywhere. Most people just walked to the Burroughs and back from sunrise. See more..
- 5.0 Tolmie Peak Trail (16 reviews)
Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout
Wife and I hiked this trail when on vacation in Washington recently. Hands down, this was my favorite of 5 day hikes we went on. Having said that, be prepared to drive about 20 miles into the park on an old logging road. The road can be quite rough in some places. Once you arrive at the trail head, you have about a 3 mile hike to the look out. I noticed a lot of tourists wearing nice shoes on this hike...I would definitely not do that. The trail was muddy and wet almost the entire way up. Once you make it to the alpine meadow, the views become awesome. You will notice a tower on the above ridge line - that is your destination. No worries though, the trail is off to the side of the tower and has multiple switchbacks. We were fortunate enough to have a clear calm day, so we had great views of Mount Rainier. My wife and I spent about an hour at the top, and started to make our way down. She had a few blisters from the days of hiking before, so we took it slow. On the way down, we crossed paths with A LOT of people. If you decide to do this hike, I would recommend going before the crowds come. I think we made it to the trail head around 8am and didn't have too many people to compete with for views. Bring food and a drink and enjoy it at the top, but pick up after yourself. See more..
- 5.0 Camp Muir Trail (10 reviews)
It was worth the pain!
On our hike to Camp Muir, we were not sure what to expect, we read reviews and saw pictures online but we had to see it on our own how hard was going to be this hike. We have hike other trails before we higher altitude, but this trail was the hardest, fun but difficult because of the snow. After we made it to the camp and rest for a few minutes, going back to down was so much easier and quick. The view was amazing, beautiful, breathtaking. Totally worth to do the hike. Make sure you start early since the hike can take time specially because of the snow. See more..
- 5.0 Spray Falls (6 reviews)
Beautiful views - the last .8 uggh
Spent More than 3 hours Waterfalls
Trailhead is at the end of Mowich Lake Road in Mount Rainier National Park See more..
- 4.5 Grove of the Patriarchs (328 reviews)
A Gem at the Mountain
A grove of red cedar and Douglas fir trees, some over 1,000 years old. See more..
- 4.5 Sunrise Visitor Center (299 reviews)
Impressive view of Mount Rainier @ Sunrise
Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park. See more..
- 4.5 Narada Falls (180 reviews)
Narada Falls is always a great site to visit
We came up on Sunday and saw way too many visitors there, the next day it was just perfect. A beautiful hike to see it from below. Slippery and muddy in spots, but perfectly fine with any kind of shoes. See more..
- 4.5 Paradise Loop (142 reviews)
A 5 to 6-mile trail with spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. See more..
- 4.5 Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center (114 reviews)
A great day trip from Seattle
Spent More than 3 hours Visitor Centers
Any visitor to Seattle should make time for a day trip to see fabulous Mount Rainier. The Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center is where you should start your visit. Learn from the park rangers on duty about the mountain’s unique flora and fauna. Take a hike and bring a picnic. Please do not feed the wildlife and stay on the designated trail. The best photographs of your vacation will likely come from your visit to this majestic mountain. See more..
- 4.5 Tipsoo Lake Loop (77 reviews)
Cool ass lake
A 3.6-mile trail offering great views of Mt. Rainier. See more..
- 4.5 Christine Falls Viewpoint (75 reviews)
A Must Stop
This is one you HAVE to Stop to actually see it. You get a glimpse as you pass but only a very small portion. This Fall starts way up & continues with a few falls and goes under the bridge & farther down. Great viewing area of the lower section off of the parking lot. Path down has steps, but it’s a short walk. The main upper portion you view from the bridge. Lean over if you can to see the dramatic fall take it’s plunge downward. See more..
- 4.5 Snow Lake Trail (59 reviews)
It's short, but...
Easy 1.3-mile trail offering splendid views of Mt. Rainier. See more..
- 4.5 Myrtle Falls (55 reviews)
One of the bestttttt views of Mt Rainier ! Wowow . We were just amazed with this view ! The only issue is the space of this viewpoint ! It’s pretty small and u r almost pushed out of ur spot , if u try to take 5-6 pics ! It’s about a .5 mile walk from visitor center and it is worth it . There is a small walkway / step to the viewpoint . There are soooooo many people there trying to take a pic . Yeah . It’s toooooo crowded on weekends and summer days ! It’s still worth the view . Beautiful view of the falls with Rainier at the background . Tough to take strollers ! Loved it overall See more..
- 4.5 Box Canyon Loop (55 reviews)
Surprisingly interesting stop
A smooth, scenic trail stretching less than a mile in length: this easy hike is perfect for all members of the family. See more..
- 4.5 Comet Falls (52 reviews)
A favorite hike!!
A 3.8-mile hiking trail leads to this stunning 320-foot waterfall. See more..
- 4.5 Wonderland Trail (42 reviews)
A trail with everything
A 94-mile trail which goes around Mount Rainier. See more..
- 4.5 Patriarchs Trail (39 reviews)
Amazing Old Trees !!
A 1.3-mile walking trail. See more..
- 4.5 Mowich Lake (33 reviews)
Hike Spray Falls at Mowich
Bodies of Water
A lake within Mount Rainier National Park. See more..
- 4.5 Nisqually River (30 reviews)
The Glacier melt is beautiful
Spent < 1 hour Bodies of Water
Seeing fresh water with a white color coming from the glacier melt. Pretty darned amazing.. Call Tours Northwest for a door to door trip. See more..
- 4.5 Nisqually Vista Loop (22 reviews)
Pick a Nice Day
This trail is in the Paradise area. Parking is in the Lower Paradise Lot. We did this trail on Thursday 8/5 when the weather wasn't that great. The 2 days prior, we had beautiful weather and did Skyline and Mt Fremont Lookout. Nisqually Vista Trail is an easy 1.2 mile loop. It is entirely paved and only took us 45 minutes to complete. We even saw a marmot up close. There were LOTS OF WILDFLOWERS the day we went. However, because of the haze, Mount Rainier was covered. Otherwise this would be such a gorgeous and easy trail to see wildflowers and Mount Rainier. See more..
- 4.5 Trail of the Shadows (21 reviews)
A beautiful hike in the tall trees
Spent < 1 hour Hiking Trails
Trail of the Shadows is a beautiful, short trail around Longmire area. Across the street from the Longmire gift shop, you will find a trail that takes you through the tall trees, marsh field and mineral springs. Morning is the best time to see wonderful light that pierces through the tall trees. - Louis Ruth Photography always looking for an adventure!! See more..
- 4.5 Emmons Vista Overlook (14 reviews)
Beautiful view of Emmons Glacier
There is not a good view of Mt. Rainier from the Sunrise Visitor Center unless you take this short hike starting just off the parking lot. Easy walk will reward you with a great view of the glacier and mountain. The trail does go on for more views, but the first one is adequate if you just want to see the glacier. See more..
- 4.0 Crystal Mountain Resort (194 reviews)
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mountains • Ski & Snowboard Areas
An alpine ski resort in the Washington Cascades. See more..
- 4.0 Longmire Museum (109 reviews)
Great museum for the size Ranger on duty was very friendly and helpful
Speciality Museums • History Museums
This local history museum also provides information on the hiking trails in the region. See more..
- 4.0 Ohanapecosh Visitor Center (45 reviews)
Helpful Ranger/Clean Bathrooms/great hike
Tourist center located on the southeastern side of Rainier National Park offering information on trout and fly-fishing. See more..
- 4.0 Longmire Springs (39 reviews)
Short easy hike, with Bubbling Springs History
Hot Springs & Geysers
Need to soothe those aching muscles? Then soak yourself in Longmire's mineral hot springs. See more..
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