Experience and appreciate the unique beauty of Mount Rainier National Park with a full-day small-group exploration. Get active and spend the day on gentle hikes (or snowshoeing), discovering the history and ecology of the park with your guide ... More info ›
Experience and appreciate the unique beauty of Mount Rainier National Park with a full-day small-group exploration. Get active and spend the day on gentle hikes (or snowshoeing), discovering the history and ecology of the park with your guide. Learn about forces that have created Mt Rainier and the volcanos up and down the Cascade Mountains over the past 40 million years. Hear why Mount Rainier is listed by the United Nations as one of the most dangerous volcanos. Starting at sea-level, travel through ancient forests, gaining elevation through sub-alpine and alpine meadows, eventually climbing up near the tree-line. You'll make numerous stops with your guide to experience the stunning vistas and different ecosystems within the park. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Seattle, entrance fees, and all necessary equipment. Small-group tour is limited to a maximum of 13 people.
Pickups begin between 7:30 am - 8 am from your downtown Seattle hotel, as confirmed by you supplier. After pickup, head south to the mountain, arriving at approximately 10am. Take part in a variety of hiking and snow shoeing activities to experience and enjoy the park. Take a journey from sea level up to the treeline. Learn about fragile sub-alpine and alpine ecosystems supported on Mount Rainier’s slopes, look out for wildlife such as marmots, pikas, elk, black-tailer deer, and even possibly a black bear.
Trip may visit the following:
- The glorious meadows at Paradise, with stunning panoramic views, and the visitor center. Take a short hike or snowshoe to appreciate the beauty of the mountain. In high summer, this area is famous for the ethereal beauty of blooming wildflower meadows. Following the hike, stop at the visitors center for lunch (own expense). The stop at Paradise last for around two hours including lunch and half an hour to look around.
- The modern, educational visitor's center at Paradise with exhibits that will allow you to learn about the mountain environment, the harsh conditions and hazards on the mountain. (Approximately 15-30 minutes)
- Reflection Lakes – glimpse the reflection of the mountain in these beautiful alpine lakes (15- to 20-minute stop)
- Inspiration point – spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the Tatoosh Range
- Narada Falls – this waterfall is a short walk off the highway and offers great sightseeing and photo opportunities (30-minute stop)
- The Nisqually River basin – this glacier fed river has been the site of multiple floods last century, frequently destroying bridges over the river. Learn about these destructive floods on a short hike (15-minute stop)
- Stevens Canyon Road – this spectacular mountain pass is open in summer and provides panoramic views of Stevens Canyon and Creek (45-60 minutes including stops)
- Grove of the Patriarchs -- here learn about the lowland forests and hike to discover a grove of trees up to 1,000 years old and 300ft high (45-60 minutes)
Return to Seattle around 6:30pm approximately.
Please note: in winter, when Steven's Canyon road and Reflection lakes is inaccessible, more time will be spent in the Longmire area and Nisqually river basin.