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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  • FasteddieAZ
    Mesa, Arizona115 contributions
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    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Eli K
    Brooklyn, New York899 contributions
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    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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,815 contributions
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    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Dilip K
    Palakkad District, India37 contributions
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    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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,818 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • rddiggins
    Nottingham, Maryland654 contributions
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    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
    Traveled with family
    Written January 30, 2024
  • F4981JCmichaels
    Vancouver, Washington2,650 contributions
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    Reservations needed at Mount Raineir NP for 2024.
    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.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 6, 2024
  • greeneyes630
    Maugansville, Maryland2,112 contributions
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    Beautiful
    Two entry points Paradise and Sunrise require a timed entry pass, only between 7am and 3pm, obtained via the government’s recreation site or app. At our time of visit passes could only be reserved the day before at 7pm. They sell out, get yours at 7pm to pick your desired time slot, 2 hour wiggle room. Park is beautiful and well maintained. Something for every activity level.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2024
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stevek2567
Seattle, WA37 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Couples
Cost for a seven days pass is $30.00, that is the option for 1 day to 7 days.

Nice views of the surrounding mountains. Be careful once you’re up there at sunrise, coming back down the road does not look safe. Do not look at the cliffs to your right while driving. You’re edge away from it.

One thing I’d like to point out. There is no restraint only a tiny shop that sells souvenirs and snacks. Once you buy all of these edibles you can enjoy it either in your car or at the picnic tables about 1,000 feet away from the shop. You CANNOT sit around the shop areas; either on the side or in the back, otherwise the unfriendly (white woman) comes out and tell you to move away from the building, “this whole area all for employees only.” Even though it’s only marked on the door, and not the surrounding areas. My wife moved to towards the back of the building. This white employee woman even came out and told my wife to move while she’s trying to finish her sandwich that we bought from their shop. I away inside the store getting more beef jerky.

However on my back to see my see my wife at the same time I’ve notice an old white woman tourist sits comfortably on a chair next to the building. That’s just to show you it’s something else.

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Written August 16, 2020
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Learnhardway
29 contributions
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Jun 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 June 8, 2024
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An Avid Traveler
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
It was our first time visiting Mount Rainier on March 29, 2021. I've never seen anything so magical. It was beautiful in every corner of the mountain. It just snowed the prior day which made it look like the snow was as soft as clouds. We took a tour with a group of 15 people and our guide was pretty amazing. He made every effort to stop where we can take a few photos and just enjoy the beautiful view. It definitely has to be in one of your list to do if you're ever here in Seattle. It's also not far from the city which makes it more worth it. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. It will be one of the most beautiful places you'll ever see.
Written March 31, 2021
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Blan66
Chicago, IL9 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Family
We came from Seattle and had only 1 day to visit, but what we saw was wonderful & worth the long day and long drive to and from Bellevue.

I highly recommend visiting Mt. Rainer National Park.
We visited on Dec 23, 2019. We checked out Longmire and then hiked to Carter Falls. We did not go past Paradise or attempt to scale Mt. Rainer, so we experience only a small amount of the whole national park. We had two adults, a 14 year old & an 11 year old and our experience was terrific.

There was no snow at all on our trip from Seattle to the Nisqually entrance. But by the time we reached Longmire, there was beautiful, fresh snow everywhere. It was stunning and picturesque. The National Park Inn is a good spot for lunch but there’s options all over Rainer.

The air is so fresh it tastes good to breathe. We continued from Longmire to Carter Falls and hiked over a stream and along well marked trail that boarders a brisk mountain stream to see the falls. They are lovely. You will need good boots and winter clothing this time of year but the hike is not difficult if you’re an average hiker in ability. It was well worth the 45 minutes to an hour it takes to hike from the parked car to the falls. Give yourself 2 hours for this round trip so you can take pictures and soak in the natural beauty. There were several other families and couples doing the same hike at Carter.
I would not attempt this if you are disabled, elderly, have small children or do not have proper footwear.

Also, be aware: You need chains for your vehicle tires to enter the park this time of year. You may not need to put them on your tires until you drive a few miles into the park, but we were asked at the entrance to show our chains. We didn’t need them to reach Carter Falls, but you will need them eventually if you climb in elevation toward Mt. Rainer.

We loved the limited amount of Mt Rainer that we experienced and plan to return in the summer.

Cheers,
BL
Written January 2, 2020
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greeneyes630
Maugansville, MD2,112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Two entry points Paradise and Sunrise require a timed entry pass, only between 7am and 3pm, obtained via the government’s recreation site or app. At our time of visit passes could only be reserved the day before at 7pm. They sell out, get yours at 7pm to pick your desired time slot, 2 hour wiggle room. Park is beautiful and well maintained. Something for every activity level.
Written July 12, 2024
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Chuck2010
Palmyra, PA2,563 contributions
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Aug 2021
We were there 2 days and had hazy, smoky, and somewhat cloudy days the last 2 days of August at Mount Rainier. On the East side the second day, you could barely make out the outline of the mountain due to haze/smoke.

We used the Paradise park entrance. Got there right after 7:00am and the Paradise main lot was already full and closest secondary lot was already filling up. Easy and Moderate hikes, gorgeous waterfalls, lakes, and tremendous wildflowers. Get there early if heading to Paradise area. Left Paradise entrance around 4:00pm to see a huge traffic jam/line-up waiting to enter the park ... so glad we got there early and secured a parking spot
Written August 22, 2021
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,538 contributions
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Sep 2020
My husband and I took a half day trip to this National Park. It was about 30-45 minute wait to get in. It was a beautiful drive that it very slow and windey. The drive is a bit scary, though, as it has no guardrail and your car could got tumbling down a steep cliff with one wrong move. Despite the scary drive, this park features stunning views of Mount Rainier which is the highest mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range. We saw numerous stops along the way for hiking trails and stops at waterfalls. To finish off the trip, we drove to Sunrise Visitor Center which unfortunately closed before we made it. Even though it closed before we made it, the drive up to Sunrise gets you to the highest stop that you can drive to at 6100 feet.
Written September 7, 2020
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busconi
Wenatchee, WA5,408 contributions
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Aug 2020
Absolutely love Mt. Rainier, been in love since the first time I laid eyes on her. During my life I have hiked almost every trail and have climbed to the tippy top....but my wife had never been. So up to the mountain we came....to see her face when we came face to face with The Mountain was priceless. Spent four days introducing her to an assortment of lakes and trails and streams. A true gem is Mt. Rainier.
Written August 14, 2020
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The Hersh
Velburg, Germany67 contributions
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May 2022 • Couples
Paradise Washing is one of the most beautiful places in America. It has some of the best views of Mount Rainer which is not only the highest peak in Washington State, but also the highest peak in the Cascade mountain Range that stretches from British Columbia, Canada to Sonoma County, California. There are many great trails you can see from here, the most popular being the skyline trail. You get the best views from here and can hike up to Camp Muir, which is the base camp for those who wish to summit Mount Rainer. Camp Muir, named after John Muir the father of the National Parks, who said this about Mount Rainer, “…the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.” What a quote from the man who has pretty much seen every major mountain top in the USA. Whether you are spending a day or a month in this area, you will not be disappointed. Also be sure to go to check out all the nearby falls. 
Written August 16, 2022
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lexmiller
Burlington, MA1,119 contributions
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May 2023
Why am I even bothering to write this review, when of course you already know that this is a stunning, magnificent place, filled with magic and wonder! If only I could, I would come back in July and August and stay at the Paradise Inn and head out in the night to see the stars! And the wildflowers! Now at Paradise when we went, there is a sign in the Visitors Center stating that "there are no paths that are free of snow". lol! People just a few days ago are still skiing at Paradise. When you enter the park via the Paradise entry, make sure you stop at Longmire - so much history here! You'll visit Ricksecker Point, Narada Falls, stop at all of the gorgeous falls along the way. Even if you have only one day (which is all that we had), you have the opportunity to take this mystical place in, to feel the solitude, the glory - spectacular! If clouds are covering the peak, wait, be patient - the clouds and mist generally lift. And wow, the volcano emergency exit signs as you are leaving! Rainier is an active volcano, it's been several hundred years since it's last eruption, but it is still active!
Written June 1, 2023
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