Summer is the best time to visit Mount Rainier National Park! The weather is beautiful, the sun is out and the wildflowers are in full bloom. Here are some breathtaking hikes up near our beautiful icon.
You will need a pass to enter the park. Military can get a FREE America the Beautiful pass just by showing your ID at the front gate. This pass is good for one year and can be used for admission into any National Park.
Tolmie Peak Trail5.6 Miles, Moderate
This trail has been the best I’ve ever done in Rainier National Park. It is on the longer side but has breathtaking views of a glacial lake, fire lookout, and of course Mount Rainier. This hike needs to be done on a clear day so you can get the best view of the mountain.
View more info on this trail HERE.
Paradise AreaThe paradise area of Mount Rainier is the most popular. It offers access to tons of hiking trails, many short with fantastic views. There is a Visitor’s Center here with restrooms, exhibits, and a lodge with restaurants and a gift shop. Some nice trails here include:
Panorama Point from Paradise Inn
Myrtle Falls Viewpoint via Skyline Trail
Reflection Lake to Narada Falls
3.3 Miles, Moderate
This hike is not technically inside the park, but it is one of my absolute favorites. Naches Peak Loop is right out the outskirts of Rainier National Park and has the most wildflowers I’ve ever seen. You’ll also pass a few ponds on the way up. We like to pack a lunch to enjoy at the top which is your half way point.
View more info about this hike HERE.
Written By: Olivia Harrell
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