Enjoy a fully guided experience with many opportunities to hike, observe wildlife, see wildflowers, glaciers, waterfalls and more. Travel from a temperate rainforest to alpine meadows in one day!
November through April
Highlights of Your Day:
- Hike Mt. Rainier’s beautiful old-growth forest
- Discover and photograph the park’s beautiful winter scenery and terrain
- Observe stunning waterfalls with numerous icicles and scenic vistas
- Learn to recognize common wildlife tracks
- Create memories that last a lifetime
- Travel on snowshoes to explore Mt. Rainier’s winter delight ~ No experience necessary
Winter/Spring Tour Information
Winter in the park brings many possibilities for discovering the beauty of Mt. Rainier National Park. Paced for the beginner, our first trek is in Mt. Rainier’s renowned old-growth forest with a walk among some of the forest’s giant trees. During our snowshoe trek, you see this park’s incredible winter scenery. Learn about glaciers, keep an eye out for wildlife, and be ready for fun!
Pick-up and drop-off at Tacoma, Lakewood, and DuPont area hotels and/or the Tacoma Dome Parking Garage. Professional, highly qualified tour guide with travel in a clean, comfortable van. Hearty lunch, entrance fees, snowshoes/poles, leg gaiters, binoculars, and spotting scope.
What To Bring?
Bring water, 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. Sturdy waterproof boots for snowshoes are highly recommended. Boots can be rented at Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford, WA on the way to the Park.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Meet us at Tacoma Dome Parking Garage | 2433 E Street, Tacoma WA 98421 at 8:00am. Parking is free! We can also pick you up at your hotel in Tacoma, DuPont, Lakewood, and other locations in the Southern Puget Sound. Staying at a lodge near the Nisqually Entrance (southwest corner, Ashford area)? We are happy to pick you up here as well! Pick up times vary depending on your location and season. Our pick up times range from 7:30 to 9:30am. Tours are from 8-11 hours in length depending on season, weather, and traffic.
Throughout the day we take opportunities to explore the variety of environments offered in the park. Our Mt. Rainier hikes are paced for the beginner and can be modified according to the group’s abilities and interests. When necessary, we provide snowshoes, poles, and snow gaiters to travel across the terrain. Waterproof boots can be rented along the way at Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford for $16.43/person for the day.
- Weather/Mountain Conditions Watch
Mount Rainier is an environment where conditions can change suddenly and unexpectedly. Discover Nature reserves the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. The day’s itinerary can be changed or cancelled during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff.