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…
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.
1300’ elevation gain, 7078’ highest point, 5.5 hours, Available early July through October
Hike away from the crowds of the Sunrise area to open landscapes, mountain views (weather permitting), chances to see large herds of mountain goats, other wildlife and wildflowers. Pass by Frozen Lake, the water supply for the Sunrise area, and enjoy its long lasting snowpack. We will be hiking along the Wonderland Trail through rocky meadows that feel like you are exploring the tundras of Alaska.
Once we arrive at the pass, we will enjoy the views and can decide to push on to the summit of Skyscraper Mountain. Once on top, you will enjoy 360 degree views which can include Mt. Baker near the Washington/Canada border. Note: at the summit of Skyscraper Mountain you need to be mindful and careful. There is not a lot of room and it is rocky. If it is crowded, we may have to wait to allow for safety. Once we are at the summit, we still need to use caution as it is steep.
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.