Mount Rainier National Park Sports & Activities

Climbing Mount Rainier is not for amateurs; each year, adventurers die on the mountain, and many become lost and must be rescued. Near-catastrophic weather can appear quite suddenly, any month of the year. If you're experienced in technical, high-elevation snow, rock, and ice-field adventuring, Mount Rainier can be a memorable adventure. Climbers can fill out a climbing card at the Paradise, White River, or Carbon River ranger stations and lead their own groups of two or more. Climbers must register with a ranger before leaving and check out on return. A $45 annual climbing fee applies to anyone heading above 10,000 feet or onto one of Rainier's glaciers. During peak season it is recommended that climbers make their camping reservations ($20 per site) in advance; reservations are taken by fax and mail beginning in mid-March on a first-come, first-served basis (find the reservation form at www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/climbing.htm).

Bird-Watching

Be alert for kestrels, red-tailed hawks, and, occasionally, golden eagles on snags in the lowland forests. Also present at Rainier, but rarely...

Boating

Nonmotorized boating is permitted on all lakes inside the park except Frozen, Ghost, Reflection, and Tipsoo lakes. Mowich Lake, in the northwest...

Hiking

Although the mountain can seem remarkably benign on calm summer days, hiking Rainier is not a city-park stroll. Dozens of hikers and trekkers...

Mountain Climbing

Climbing Mount Rainier is not for amateurs; each year, adventurers die on the mountain, and many become lost and must be rescued. Near-catastrophic...

Multisport Outfitters

RMI Expeditions. Reserve a private hiking guide through this highly regarded outfitter, or take part in its one-day mountaineering classes...

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Mount Rainier is a major Nordic ski center for cross-country and telemark skiing. Although trails are not groomed, those around Paradise are...

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