Meet us at the trailhead and enjoy a fully guided, private experience. Choose from a variety of hikes with the opportunity to observe wildlife, enjoy wildflowers, glaciers, waterfalls and more. Travel from a temperate rainforest to alpine meadows in one day! Our selected hikes offer hikes for different skill levels with a variety of terrain. This is your day to explore Mount Rainier National Park!
Difficult Mount Rainier Hiking Tour
- Private Tour for 1 Person
- Private Tour for 2 - 5 people
Private advanced trek
I am offering a choice of three different hikes. Select the one that appeals to you and be ready for a fun hike!
We will meet at one of these trailheads inside Mount Rainier National Park and explore the diversity this Park offers.
Enjoy the personalization of a private tour. I am one of the few companies that have a Commercial Use Authorization Permit which allows us to hike off-the-beaten trails and stay away from the crowds. I love guiding hikes on Mount Rainier’s amazing trail system.
Meet your guide, Diann, at the trailhead and be ready to explore one of these 4.5 – 6 hour hikes. Hiking poles, snacks and extra water are provided. These hikes are perfect for well-experienced who desire a workout. These trails have long sections with a steep grade and can be grueling at times. Note the elevation gain to pick the right hike for you and/or your group.
2600’ elevation gain, 5858’ highest point, 4.5 hours, Available early July through October
If you like switchbacks and alpine lakes, this is your trail. Hike through shady alpine forest with occasional Mt. Rainier views (weather permitting). As we climb, we will eventually enter openings with lovely wildflower blooms depending on the time of year. Once through the clearing, we will end at the stunning Crystal Lake in a dramatic setting of rocky slopes and ridges. Enjoy time at the lake before we make our way back down.
There is the option to climb more by hiking up to Three Way Peak above Crystal Lake. This trail joins the Pacific Crest Trail and offers great views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and views of Sheep Lake below.
2065’ elevation gain, 5962’ highest point, 6.5 – 7 hours, Available mid July through October Northeast side of the Park, White River Entrance
The Wonderland Trail is one of Mount Rainier’s most famous hiking trails. Ranked as the one of the most beautiful trails in Washington State and an epic Thru-hike, it’s also one of the most challenging trails in the Park with lots of elevation gain and loss. We will add some more elevation to my moderate hike traveling just to Fryingpan Creek and end up in the land of Sound of Music makings.
The trail begins in a beautiful forest with several small streams to cross as we make our way on a gradual climb up to the first viewpoint overlooking Fryingpan Creek and mountain peaks in the distance (weather permitting). A gentle section of switchbacks have us arriving at our next viewpoint where we can be on the lookout for mountain goats amongst the Cowlitz Chimney’s. Depending on the flow of Fryingpan Creek, we may have to rock hop to use the bridge crossing over Fryingpan Creek and then we will travel up towards the area known as Summerland. Several switchbacks give us the opportunity for stunning views and ease the elevation gain.
Once we have arrived in Summerland, we can enjoy a much needed break and the delicious scenery. We will be on the lookout for mountain goats, hoary marmots, black bear and Wonderland Trail backpackers. After we have had our fill of this lovely environment, we will make our way back to our vehicles the same way we came.
1200’ elevation gain, 7,400’ highest point, 5 hours, Available early July through October
Enjoy a day in alpine mountain bliss with The Mountain in your face (weather permitting). Named in honor of the famous naturalist, John Burroughs, we will take a gentle hike from the Sunrise area, pass Shadow Lake and follow a rocky trail up to the First Burroughs. From here, we will see our destination and more climbing ahead. This trail truly rewards you as you climb with stellar views.
Getting to the Second Burroughs has you in awe of this giant volcano covered in glaciers. We will keep an eye out for climbers making their way down from their summit climb which was hopefully successful! There are many opportunities to see mountain goats, pikas, marmots and more along the way. Notice how the wildflowers have adapted to this environment and be prepared for wind. We will make our way back by passing Frozen Lake and making the gentle decent to the Sunrise area.