Your Guided Tour of Mount Rainier National Park
As our World continues to manage the Coronavirus, Discover Nature, LLC will be operating tours in a different manner. To keep shared airspace limited, we will meet at a trailhead inside Mount Rainier National Park in our own vehicles. I will monitor the weather, crowd conditions, wildflower blooms, wildlife sighting possibilities, hiking distances, etc.
We will speak ahead of time to plan your day with the types of experiences you desire, meeting early in the morning or later in the day (no later than 2pm PST).
As recommended by health experts, we will all wear masks when in close contact with each other. We will keep our physical distance during our time together and when passing other visitors as much as possible. Everyone will have their own mask or face covering while hiking. We will mask up when we encounter other hikers out of safety and respect.
You will be providing your own lunch and any other personal gear you require. I do recommend hiking poles, 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. There are places in the Park to refill water bottles, but I do recommend having extra water with you. I also recommend having a good supply of hand sanitizer to use after restroom stops and on the trail.
If needed, I will have extra bottles of water and hand sanitizer in my personal vehicle as well.
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.