Spanning 369 square miles, the park includes five developed areas, three visitor centers, a museum, campgrounds, two inns, and several wilderness and climbing centers. The majority of the park’s 147 miles of road are open seasonally from late May to early October, while the Longmire and Paradise areas are open year-round.
Due to the park’s popularity, aim to arrive as early as possible or visit during the week. Parking lots can fill up quickly on weekends. There are more than 250 miles of hiking trails to soothe every hiker’s soul. If outdoor adventure isn’t your main draw, drive the road to Sunrise for spectacular views and the best glimpses of Mount Rainier itself, the tallest mountain in the Cascades.
We have visited this National Park a total of 4 times and we have compiled some of our favorite information to help guide you!
•Favorite Trails: Grove of the Patriarchs, Skyline, Myrtle Falls
•Scenic Drive: Sunrise Road
•Best Time to Go: Summer for wildflowers; many roads closed in winter
•Where to Stay: Paradise Village Inn & Sahara Horse Campground
•Admission Fee: $30 per vehicle
•Must-Have Experience: Hike the 5-mile Skyline Trail to follow a ridge for spectacular views of Washington’s highest peaks
•Interesting Fact #1: Standing more than 14,000 feet tall, Mount Rainier isn’t just the tallest mountain in the Cascades—it’s also the highest mountain in the entire state and fifth tallest in the lower 48 states. •Interesting Fact #2: Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states, with 26 major glaciers and 36 square miles of permanent snowfields and glaciers.
We loved our time exploring Mount Rainier National Park and we hope you get the chance to visit. Happy travels!