Your Guided Day Hike of Mount Rainier National Park
I happily offer small, private tours with 5 people or less. My tour is ideal for folks who choose to stay near and or drive to the Park themselves. I have found that meeting folks in Mount Rainier National Park at a pre-determined trailhead is working really well. One big bonus is having your own vehicle to explore more of the Park when your tour is complete! No pressure to leave when all your senses are saying Stay!!!
We will speak ahead of time to plan your day with the types of experiences you desire. We can meet early in the morning or later in the day (no later than 2pm PST).
You will be providing your own lunch and any other personal gear you require. I do recommend bringing snacks, waterproof/windproof jacket, rain pants, camera with extra batteries, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Dress in layers to adjust to the possible changing weather and higher elevations. Wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes. I also recommend having a good supply of hand sanitizer to use after restroom stops and on the trail.
I will provide hiking poles, extra bottles of water, binoculars, and some snacks.
Bring your National Park Pass or purchase a day use pass when arriving at the Park entrance ($30 USD good for 7 days). Passes can be purchased ahead of time through the Mount Rainier National Park website. www.nps.gov/mora Note that as of May 26, 2023, the Park is going to a cashless system for entrance and campground purchases.
Mount Rainier is easily reached from many major cities and nearby local towns. Depending on where you are staying, your drive times to and from the Park will vary. Please plan for traffic, weather conditions, driving mountain roads and slower traveling vehicles. If we are meeting inside the Park, know that traffic can be heavy and delays may occur at the entrance areas. We will talk about this ahead of time. All this being said, I recommend giving yourself at least an extra 30 minutes in expected travel time. I will be doing the same.