- Great for Families
Explore an easy trail with your personal guide through Mount Rainier in one of these different treks!
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 your selected hike’s trailhead and be ready to explore one of these 3.5 – 4.5 hour hikes. Hiking poles, snacks and extra water are provided. These hikes are perfect for hikers with experience who desire a moderate workout. Note the elevation gain to pick the right hike for you and/or your group.
Note: You will need to have your own transportation and pay your entrance fee to the Park upon entry. If you have an all National Parks Pass, you are covered. If not, you can purchase a 7-day pass for $30.
1150’ elevation gain, 5400’ highest point, 3.5 – 4 hours Available typically from late June through October. Southwest side of the Park, Nisqually Entrance
Begin at one of Mt. Rainier’s most popular waterfalls and follow the Wonderland Trail to Reflection Lake. We will climb steadily through a lovely forest with peeks of Mt. Rainier and other peaks (weather permitting). Arriving at Reflection Lake, if conditions permit, find yourself in awe of a perfect reflection of Mt. Rainier. Reflection Lake is one of Mt. Rainier’s most popular lakes and is even on a postage stamp!
After we enjoy the lake, we will continue to Faraway Rock and enjoy the 180 degree view. Hiking onward, we will pass through wildflower/huckleberry meadows with glimpses of Mt. Rainier and possible wildlife sightings. We will come back to the parking lot following the cascading Paradise River.
1600’ elevation gain, 5900’ highest point, 4 hours Available typically from early July through October. Northeast side of the Park, White River Entrance
Mount Rainier is the single most glaciated mountain peak in the lower 48 states. We will be hiking in the Emmons Glacier Valley with stunning views of The Mountain’s largest glacier. Emmons Glacier descends two vertical miles from the summit and has a surface area of 4.3 square miles. Follow part of the route used by summit climbers as we wander through a forest of hemlock and cedar trees. Depending on the time of year and weather, we will be greeted by stellar mountain views, wildflowers, small cascading streams, pikas, and hoary marmots.
1376′ elevation gain, 5228′ highest point, 4.5 – 5 hours Available typically from early 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 hike a milder and beautiful section as we make our way to Fryingpan Creek which begins from … wait for it … the Fryingpan Glacier!
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 stand on a bridge crossing over Fryingpan Creek for some fun photos and views up and down the stream bed.
We can spend some time enjoying this glacial mountain stream with a snack and/or lunch (weather permitting). After we have had our fill of this lovely environment, we will make our way back to our vehicles the same way we came.