Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park
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  • Rob121618
    West Malling, United Kingdom522 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing scenery and views!
    We were not disappointed by our visit to Mt. Rainier NP. The scenery is fantastic. Yes, we were lucky and had clear blue skies. Entry to the park in early afternoon was busy ( we were staying at the National Park Inn, about a 15 minute drive from the south entrance). There are a number of trails for all abilities. It’s worth going up to the Paradise area but get there early to get parked!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Celiaklausing
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Jackie was the PERFECT guide. Beautiful weather, amazing views and seeing a rainbow at one of the falls was unexpected and breathtaking. I have seen many a waterfall in my life, all shapes and sizes, and never saw anything quite like it. She timed the visit to the falls perfectly so our group would have a good chance of seeing a rainbow. Food - incredible! I do wish I had the recipes so I could try to duplicate the food at home. Yes, one could see Mt Ranier on their own with a car, but there is no way one group could see all the things we saw in the time allotted unless they’d been there before. Plus, no one in my party had to navigate the curvy mountain roads in the park. HIGHLY recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,815 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible National Park
    We visited in September, the parking lots were still fairly crowded, but the roads weren’t bad. Once you got out of your car, there is so much space that it’s easy to avoid any crowds or people if you want. It is an amazing, awe inspiring place. Water falls, glaciers, mountains views, glacier wash, wildlife, reflective lakes, incredibly tall trees, colorful flora, peaceful silence, winding roads, and of course Mt Rainier. The pictures just do not, in any way at all, capture the way the majestic Mt Rainier dominates the landscape. It is just mammoth and you get a feeling of how small we are in comparison. At the appropriately named Paradise, 19 zig zagged miles from the main entrance, at the base of the mountain the views are almost unbelievable. I will never, ever forget this visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California641 contributions
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    Majestic Mt. Rainier
    I only spent half a day here, but wish I could have stayed much longer! Mt. Rainier National Park protects its namesake mountain, with its numerous glaciers, as well as the surrounding meadows and forests. The most popular part of the park is the aptly-named Paradise area. From there, I hiked the Skyline Loop. It's a moderately challenging hike, but well worth the spectacular views of the mountain, Nisqually Glacier, and the Cascade Range. There are several other trails in and nearby Paradise, including the short but pretty walk on the shore of Reflection Lake. I was hoping to explore the Grove of the Patriarchs, but it remains closed due to flood damage. The park is very accessible from the Seattle area. During the summer, be sure to arrive as early as possible to find parking and beat the crowds. There is an excellent visitor center in Paradise with displays, a gift shop, and a small cafeteria.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 November 2023
  • Jo Z
    Cold Ash, United Kingdom360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful volcano in the world in my opinion.
    I have been here before and loved it, so this time I came early in the season in June with a friend to show her when there was plenty of snow around. You do need to purchase a timed entry for $2 which worked well, it was much quieter than previous trips and we found a parking spot at the most popular Paradise parking area very easily. This is my favourite volcano in the world and I recommend this park for hiking the many trails, some very short, some very difficult. Or just sit in your car and enjoy the scenery if you have mobility problems.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 June 2024
  • Dreamer818983
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prepare food, rent snow pole
    If you stay at Ashford, please remember to get food and groceries before coming. Foods are expensive and limited at paradise visiting center and Ashford. Snowed covered trail at paradise, need to rent snow shoes or snow poles at visitor center.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2024
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Jo Z
Cold Ash, UK360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I have been here before and loved it, so this time I came early in the season in June with a friend to show her when there was plenty of snow around. You do need to purchase a timed entry for $2 which worked well, it was much quieter than previous trips and we found a parking spot at the most popular Paradise parking area very easily. This is my favourite volcano in the world and I recommend this park for hiking the many trails, some very short, some very difficult. Or just sit in your car and enjoy the scenery if you have mobility problems.
Written 17 June 2024
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GrumpyandtheOldLady
New York City, NY619 contributions
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Aug 2022
We arrived at Mount Rainier National Park in the late morning. How something can be so majestic yet so threatening at the same time is pretty amazing. Words really cannot describe the true beauty of this National Park. This is absolutely a 'must see' if you are anywhere even remotely close to this area. Try to get there early as the traffic to gain entry is almost obscene.
Written 24 February 2023
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Julesknows
Chicago, IL32 contributions
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Apr 2021 • Couples
On a business trip and came in 1 day early to visit Mt. Rainier. Early spring felt a bit like winter. So beautiful but I should have planned better to rent snowshoes. We enjoyed the drive and the walks we could do. The gift shop at Longmire was very nice. The scenery is beautiful and I hope we’ll get back sometime in the summer.
All cars need chains prior to May 1. We rented some at Paradise Village hotel in Ashford for $20.
Written 12 April 2021
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Celiaklausing
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Jackie was the PERFECT guide.
Beautiful weather, amazing views and seeing a rainbow at one of the falls was unexpected and breathtaking. I have seen many a waterfall in my life, all shapes and sizes, and never saw anything quite like it. She timed the visit to the falls perfectly so our group would have a good chance of seeing a rainbow.
Food - incredible! I do wish I had the recipes so I could try to duplicate the food at home. Yes, one could see Mt Ranier on their own with a car, but there is no way one group could see all the things we saw in the time allotted unless they’d been there before. Plus, no one in my party had to navigate the curvy mountain roads in the park.
HIGHLY recommend.
Written 15 September 2023
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Brian E
Santa Rosa, CA479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We explored Rainier from both the western and eastern entrances. We found the western entrance to be more impacted by tourists. The parking lots were full and the grounds crowded with those trying to catch a peek of Rainier's peak when the clouds cleared. The next day, after having stayed in Packwood, we drove up the east side to the Sunrise entrance. Wow, what a significant difference! Far fewer people. And, hiking trails that allowed us to see the mountain's glaciers in all their splendor. It was truly a life memory.
Written 2 October 2021
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AVGTXN
Dallas, TX793 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The park Ranger said it's only sunny about 50% of the time. We count ourselves lucky to have seen the top of the mountain with no clouds to obscure it. Lots of great hikes available. Pretty and easy drive throughout. Hope to come back.
Written 23 October 2021
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Madelyn C
Bethlehem, PA297 contributions
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Jul 2022 • Friends
Absolutely breathtaking. The mountaintop itself is just the beginning of things to see. Snow in July is so much fun, but this would be great any time of year. The flora and fauna are so interesting and there are accessible trails for every ability. Don’t miss this.
Written 2 July 2022
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TWB
Cincinnati, OH2,500 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I did not expect this place to be so beautiful. Visiting in the winter I wanted to see the Kautz Glacier (named in honor of my ancestor, August Valentine), but the park ranger informed me we would get close, but not be able to view this time of the year. On the way through the sights were astounding. The colors, though few are so stark and really make this place pop! Not to mention the size of everything is astounding. We were able to stop and play in Kautz Creek which was quite a nice surprise for me, though not as overwhelmingly beautiful as some of the other stops we made along the way. $30 got us an entry pass for the weekend. This is really a special place and I would love to explore more one day.
Written 15 October 2020
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,038 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We visited MRNP in the Fall last year and experienced its beauty. We drove into the park from Packwood via the 12 and made our way through, enjoying the sights and views, until we reached the Paradise visitor center, where we stopped, before making our way to Longmire. An enjoyable day.
Written 3 March 2020
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acruztraveler
Guam, Mariana Islands17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
We drove from Tacoma so the drive was quite long. The roads were pretty calm and eventually winding as we got closer to the park and then in the park. The staff at the entrance were very hospitable and humorous. The map provided was very helpful. This was another last minute, unplanned trip for us. We were definitely not prepared, clothing wise. Almost everyone had hiking boots and gear, while we were in sandals or just everyday wear shoes. We had the opportunity to stop at certain areas to take photos. As you drive further into the park you get a better view of Mount Rainier. The park was clean and well maintained. Great experience and would love to go back again someday - this time more prepared.
Written 30 July 2021
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