Your Guided Day Hike of Mount Rainier National Park
I happily offer small, private tours with 5 people or less. At this time, my tour is ideal for folks who choose to drive to the Park themselves. Unfortunately I chose to sell my tour van in 2020 due to the loss of business from the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot offer transportation at this time. As many folks discovered during the Pandemic, we all have to look at different ways of doing business. 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).
As recommended by health experts, if you are fully vaccinated for the CoronaVirus masks will no longer be necessary. Everyone will have their own mask or face covering to use if you are not fully vaccinated, when going into restrooms, Visitor Centers and/or gift shops.
You will be providing your own lunch and any other personal gear you require. I do recommend binoculars, 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. Bring extra water with you as the water refill stations have been closed during COVID. 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 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
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.
Prepare for facilities, including restrooms to be closed. Bring your own toilet paper and a way to pack out waste. Pack a lunch and bring your essentials.
Practice physical distancing. Give yourself and other hikers 6 feet spacing, cover your nose and mouth with a mask or face covering. If you are sick, stay home.
Play it safe. Slow down and enjoy the details. Search and Rescue Operations and Health Care are strained and operating with fewer resources.
My role as your personal guide, is to keep all these factors in mind as we enjoy the beauty around us. I will help you monitor the coming and going of other hikers to allow spatial distancing on the trails. It’s about being mindful and enjoying the many opportunities nature gives us throughout our day.