7 Best Things To Do at Mt. Rainier National Park

7 Best Things To Do at Mt. Rainier National Park

Seven Mount Rainier National Park Highlights That Every Traveler Should See.

  1. Hike the Skyline Trail
  2. Myrtle Falls
  3. Reflection Lakes
  4. Historic Paradise Inn
  5. Sleep Under the Stars
  6. Ride the Mt. Rainier Railroad
  7. Wildlife Watching

1. Hike the Skyline Trail

Mt. Rainier National Park – Skyline Trail

This 5.5 mile loop shows off Mount Rainier’s gorgeous scenery and there are several other trails that veer off so you have plenty of hiking options. If you walk along Deadhorse Creek Trail to Glacier Vista you’ll get even closer to some of Mount Rainier’s most popular viewpoints. As you continue from Glacier Vista, you can move uphill to Panorama Point where you’ll see eye-catching wildflowers. 


2. Myrtle Falls

Mt. Rainier - Credit Jim Meyers
Walk to Myrtle Falls from Jackson Visitor Center

Just a quick .4 miles from Paradise Inn and you’ve reached Myrtle Falls. This 72-foot-tall waterfall is one of the most photographed spots at Mount Rainier due to the picturesque Edith Creek and wildflowers. 

3. Reflection Lakes

Reflection Lake

Shortly down the road from “Paradise” you’ll find Reflection Lakes and if you’re interested in seeing the sunrise, Mount Rainier is as colorful as ever. You won’t want to miss out on Lakes Trail if you’re looking for a good hike! What exactly is “Paradise”? This is the more touristy section of Mount Rainier that is famous for its beautiful views. 


4. Paradise Inn

Looking for somewhere to stay at Mount Rainier? The historic Paradise Inn, built in 1916, has been recognized as one of the Great Lodges of the West. Just outside the entrance you’ll find glaciers, waterfalls, and a lush meadow of wildflowers. Even if you choose not to book a room, it’s worth it browse around and explore their unique decor. 


5. Sleep Under the Stars

Stars at Mount Rainier National Park

Visiting Mount Rainier in the summer? Grab a sleeping bag and camp out under the stars. The White River Campground offers exceptional views of the park’s northeast region. Cougar Mountain Campground offers a centralized location with easy access to trails on the south side of the park. The campgrounds also provide picnic tables, fire platforms, and toilets.


6. Ride the Mount Rainier Railroad

Situated south of Mount Rainier National Park in the town of Elbe, the railroad takes passengers on a train ride across the Upper Nisqually River and through the forest. You’ll end the journey at the one-of-a-kind Logging Museum which features a large collection of steam logging locomotives.


7. Wildlife Watching

Black Bear

Over 65 mammal species have been identified at Mount Rainier, including black bears, cascade red foxes, elk, deer, rabbits, and occasionally a bobcat or mountain lion. Bring your binoculars (or use ours!), a spotting scope, or your favorite long-lens camera and sit still for a little while…it’s that easy!


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