Mount Rainier
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At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the fifth highest mountain in the continental 48 states.
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  • John S
    Altoona, Pennsylvania271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    This park is so big and offers so much to do. You really need to give yourself plenty of time and realize it will take a lot of time to travel to the various areas of the park it you want to see them all. Paradise is beautiful, but get there early.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,066 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large national park with trails and views
    Mount Rainier is a large national park but one that can be realistically visited in just one day. The highlight is the Skyline Trail along the base of the mountain that was covered in a foot of snow even in late June. This is the most popular area of the park and the parking lot filled up by 10 am, but the rest of the Park was not crowded. The box canyon, a thin slot canyon where the glacial river flows through, was another highlight, as were several waterfalls and many scenic views.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • mesatraveler
    Mesa, Arizona1,017 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    What a great surprise and treat! The entire perimeter is lush and beautiful and the many viewpoints are worth the stop. Unlike most major mountains around the country, Rainier just keeps getting bigger, better and more beautiful as you wind your way to the summit lodge. Even more amazing is when you leave the park and head back toward Tacoma or other spots. Suddenly the mountain you never noticed before seems to be around every bend of the road. A must visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • kevan j
    Norman, Oklahoma1,468 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good planning...great trip!
    This is an amazingly beautiful and awesomely exciting park to visit. Views of mount Rainier are spectacular and views of the surrounding areas are sweet. BUT, if you want a good experience, you need to plan carefully. First, don't try to see too much in one day. We visited Sunrise only, and did one hike only (the Mount Fremont Lookout Trail) because we only had a few hours. Certainly we could have done more than we did had we stayed the whole day, but I would suggest not to visit multiple areas in one day as it can become too stressful. Second, make sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds. We arrived by 8:00 and were able to drive right in with plenty of parking, and at that point, there was not much crowding on the trail. We tried to come here once before in the afternoon and they would not even let us in the gate because of the crowds. Third, be sure to pick a day (or days) that is NOT a weekend or holiday. We chose to visit on a Wednesday...maximum enjoyment. Finally (and this may be the hardest part) go the the park on a clear day. For most people, this is hard to plan for, and I know people who visited the park and never saw the top of Rainier because of clouds. At the end of the day, with good planning, this is clearly one of the most wonderful National Parks in the USA.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • FasteddieAZ
    Mesa, Arizona115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss Mount Rainer
    We went to the most popular Nasquilly entrance (southwest), the most popular. After the entrance there is a 20 minute ride to the parking lots. THEY FILL UP EARLY so plan on arriving no later than 930AM. The scenery is amazing, colorful mountain meadows, waterfalls, wildlife, glaciers and hiking trails that range from easy to very difficult. The most amazing scenery you will ever see. Plan on spending the better part of the day. Large visitor center and park rangers to guide you. Remember, go early. When we left at noon the line to enter the park was miles long.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Eli K
    Brooklyn, New York899 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Gem
    We went during the summer and we were told that lines getting into the park would be long, however we didn’t have any issues. There was road construction connecting park of the park on the east side so we just stayed on the south side of the mountain. We went to sicksecker point and got our feet went in the water by Narada Falls. We hiked around Reflextion Lake for a beautiful view of Mt Rainer.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,808 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a mountain
    I don’t know how to review a mountain. But if you are visiting Mt Rainier National Park, you certainly want to see Mt Rainier. We entered the Park at the Nisqually entrance and I told the ranger “we are running late, it’s a clear day and I want to see the peak”. She said “Just head up to Paradise, it’s just 19 miles straight up this road.” Well, the road isn’t straight, it’s a series of switchbacks, because… it’s on the side of the mountain. Mt Rainier dominates everything, each viewpoint is more astounding than the last. It is so impressively massive, the pictures just can’t capture it’s true essence. It truly deserves to be in this National Park.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Dilip K
    Palakkad District, India37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mount Rainer
    Be prepared for getting mesmerised when you near My. Rainer. The serene silence of the snow covered cliff gives the feeling that it is at penance! I observed for three days that the peak was coveted by dense mist. May be because that was Autumn.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,804 contributions
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    Dominating, Impressive and Impactful
    There are many National Parks with mountains but there is probably no park that is so defined by a single mountain as Mount Rainier. Please understand within the park there are other mountains like the Tatoosh Range. However, in no way, no where does anytime have the impact and majesty the way Mount Rainier has at Mount Rainier NP. With that said, be sure to have multiple days at the park as there is a lot to do, but the real reason is you may not get to see the mountain every day, even when the forecast says sunny skies. Our first day at the park, you could not see the mountain at all due to a thick fog. At first the only parts that were not in the fog was the low base like Longmire. By the end of the day, we were able to see clearly at Paradise Inn and Valley, but you still could not see the mountain until sunset. I still remember the first time we saw because it is that impactful. When we awoke the next day, the skies were clear, and we had an amazing hike on the Skyline Loop the morning before we left. It was the most incredible experience and one of my favorite hikes in the NPS. A couple of tips would be to stay at Skyline or at least within the park. This ensures you have easy and quick access to take advantage of weather breaks. The second tip is to be totally flexible with your plans. There is good hiking at the base, Twin Firs and Trail of Shadows, and mid-mountain, Snow Lake Trail. Be sure to have options that allow you to see and do different things in different weather. However, be sure if you have a break to do the Skyline Loop and see the mountain up close. It is beyond words.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 December 2023
  • rddiggins
    Nottingham, Maryland654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Washington State!
    This park is amazing! It’s very dense! Snow? What’s a little snow in September? One of the roads was closed due to a foot of snow falling overnight so that was disappointing but we still got to see a big part of the park. The day we left the area we had a clear view of the top of the snowcapped mountain. What Breathtaking views.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 January 2024
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Dreamer818983
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Need reservation

skyline trail: covered by snow. Rent snow pole at visitor center. I saw someone hurt and needing park ranger to take her down to ambulance.
Visitor center food is very expensive, small hot dog for $10. Bring some food yourself.
Written 21 June 2024
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Learnhardway
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
Mount Rainier has magnificent snow capped scenery. I spent 5 hours travelling to it from the east. The mountain came into visibility from many miles away. When I arrived at midday, despite having my America the Beautiful card, I was not allowed in because I didn't have a timed reservation. I was told that 36 reservations remained available, and could be obtained online at the ranger station 2 mikes south. This turned out to be nonsense. The only QR code online had a thick diagonal line through it, and in any case, was for tge following day. I had to content myself with views from the main 123 north/south road past the mountain. It was not very busy when I arrived on Friday 7th June. Vehicle reservations cannot be booked in advance. They are available if you happen to have online accessibility at 8am in the morning of the day you visit. To be honest, it's a money thing. Parks like Yellowstone have visitor shops selling food and souvenirs, and even gas at inflated prices within the park boundaries. You'll always be able to drive in there. Parks like Rainier and Glacier which doesn't have rip offs within the boundaries, are much more restricted.
In hindsight, you're best to arrange your itinerary to arrive at the park when the wardens are at home. Then you have the place to enjoy. The unrestricted period when you can gain access without being scrutineered is between 3pm and 6am. My schedule did not allow that period unfortunately. You'd think that gate wardens would be able to dish out any spare reservations on the gate, but you'd be wrong. Good views of Mount Rainier can be gained from highway US 12 on the east, or US 410 on the west, or online free from the comfort of your UK home 7000 miles away.
Written 8 June 2024
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Jessica H
Lacey, WA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is the best place for hiking with various paths with different difficulties based on how far and how much incline is, highly recommend this trail.
But on the other hand, since this is very popular attraction spot, crowds are unavoiable, so please consider a better timeframe to enjoy the hike.
Written 13 May 2024
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F4981JCmichaels
Vancouver, WA2,650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Note: I did not recently visit the park in March, but plan to in July. Since this website doesn't allow a post with out specific times, this was the only way I could inform other travelers of this crucial information.
This is a heads up to anyone visiting Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, U.S.A. For 2024, there is a pilot program that has 2 hour reservation arrival times between 7 a.m. and 3 p. m. You need that reservation to get into the park between those hours, from May through September. If you arrive before 7 a.m. or after 3 p.m., you won't need the time slot reservation. See the park's website for details.
Written 7 March 2024
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Judith de P
Guatemala City, Guatemala57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Majestic Mt Rainier, amazing views on a sunny day. This is definitely a must see if you travel to WA. The visitor center has great information and views, the gift shop is very well stocked; I bought two beautiful mugs.
Written 7 February 2024
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rddiggins
Nottingham, MD654 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This park is amazing! It’s very dense! Snow? What’s a little snow in September? One of the roads was closed due to a foot of snow falling overnight so that was disappointing but we still got to see a big part of the park. The day we left the area we had a clear view of the top of the snowcapped mountain. What Breathtaking views.
Written 30 January 2024
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Greg K
Olympia, WA132 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Mount Rainier is a wonderful national park, but unfortunately it is managed very poorly. The current park superintendent (Greg Dudgeon) finds manifold ways to keep visitors out of the park and this places a great strain on nearby businesses. He plans poorly and it is obvious that he is ill prepared on many fronts. The White River dump station has been nonoperational for two years. The gate to Paradise closes at the sight of a snowflake. He instituted first-come-first serve camping at Cougar Rock Campground which hamstrings anyone planning to come there. I wish the federal park employees were paid on a prorated basis in which their salaries are decremented based on the number of hours a week the Nisqually/Paradise area is fully open. This superintendent has to go.
Written 5 January 2024
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
There are many National Parks with mountains but there is probably no park that is so defined by a single mountain as Mount Rainier. Please understand within the park there are other mountains like the Tatoosh Range. However, in no way, no where does anytime have the impact and majesty the way Mount Rainier has at Mount Rainier NP.

With that said, be sure to have multiple days at the park as there is a lot to do, but the real reason is you may not get to see the mountain every day, even when the forecast says sunny skies. Our first day at the park, you could not see the mountain at all due to a thick fog. At first the only parts that were not in the fog was the low base like Longmire. By the end of the day, we were able to see clearly at Paradise Inn and Valley, but you still could not see the mountain until sunset. I still remember the first time we saw because it is that impactful.

When we awoke the next day, the skies were clear, and we had an amazing hike on the Skyline Loop the morning before we left. It was the most incredible experience and one of my favorite hikes in the NPS. A couple of tips would be to stay at Skyline or at least within the park. This ensures you have easy and quick access to take advantage of weather breaks. The second tip is to be totally flexible with your plans. There is good hiking at the base, Twin Firs and Trail of Shadows, and mid-mountain, Snow Lake Trail. Be sure to have options that allow you to see and do different things in different weather. However, be sure if you have a break to do the Skyline Loop and see the mountain up close. It is beyond words.
Written 30 December 2023
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Dilip K
Palakkad District, India37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Be prepared for getting mesmerised when you near My. Rainer. The serene silence of the snow covered cliff gives the feeling that it is at penance!
I observed for three days that the peak was coveted by dense mist. May be because that was Autumn.
Written 8 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Edwelsh
North Canton, OH6,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I don’t know how to review a mountain. But if you are visiting Mt Rainier National Park, you certainly want to see Mt Rainier. We entered the Park at the Nisqually entrance and I told the ranger “we are running late, it’s a clear day and I want to see the peak”. She said “Just head up to Paradise, it’s just 19 miles straight up this road.” Well, the road isn’t straight, it’s a series of switchbacks, because… it’s on the side of the mountain. Mt Rainier dominates everything, each viewpoint is more astounding than the last. It is so impressively massive, the pictures just can’t capture it’s true essence. It truly deserves to be in this National Park.
Written 26 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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