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Mount Rainier Inn-based Tour

Highlights

  • Best day hikes on Mount Rainier
  • Stunning alpine landscapes
  • Waterfalls, vibrant wildflowers, glaciers & and more
  • Majestic, sweeping views
  • Delicious meals and accommodations at a historic lodge
  • Unique natural and cultural history

Description

Our 3-day, 2-night Mount Rainier Inn-based Tour is an opportunity to experience the best of Mount Rainier and to do it with a high level of comfort and style. On our hikes we explore shimmering alpine lakes, abundant wildlflower blooms, and tumbling waterfalls on the shoulders of North America’s most famous volcano. Mt. Rainier stands at 14,411 feet tall, and is the most heavily glaciated peak in the contiguous United States. In the evenings we will dine in style and relax in comfort at a historic park lodge, and enjoy three hand-picked hikes that represent the best Mount Rainier has to offer. We circumnavigate the mountain and enjoy views from every side on this three day adventure.
Join us and experience the world class hiking and fantastic grandeur of Mount Rainier. Feel free to give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to learn more or start planning your trip!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to trailhead: 2 hours
Hiking Mileage: 4-8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1700-3000 feet
Accommodations: National Park Inn (or similar equivalent)


This Mount Rainier hiking tour begins with pick up at your hotel in Olympia. From there we'll shuttle to Mount Rainier for an amazing first day! Today we explore shimmering alpine lakes, abundant wildlflower blooms, and tumbling waterfalls on the shoulders of North America’s most famous volcano. Mount Rainier stands at 14,411 feet tall, and is the most heavily glaciated peak in the contiguous United States.

We will start our hike near scenic Narada Falls, before climbing gradually through gentle forests and abundant blueberry bushes. We’ll climb past the beautiful Reflection Lakes, aptly named for their stunning mirror image reflection of Mount Rainier, up to Faraway Rock with panoramic views of lakes and mountains below. After wrapping up our hike we’ll check in to our lodging at the historic National Park Inn, and then have time to stroll down the Wonderland Trail just outside the door, or to relax on the veranda with views of Mount Rainier. After a delicious dinner, we'll enjoy the stars outside or take in a ranger talk at Longmire or Paradise.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 5-8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1700-4000 feet
Accommodations: National Park Inn (or similar equivalent)


The second day’s hike takes us through the famous Paradise Meadows of Mount Rainier, a subalpine wonderland of flowers and fragile meadows. We’ll head up the Skyline Trail towards Glacier Vista, with its panoramic views of the Nisqually Glacier, and then continue upward. A full day - and a lot of elevation - will take us to Camp Muir, the basecamp for mountaineers aiming to summit Rainier, at over 10,000 feet. We’ll turn around when we want to, aiming first for Panorama Point, secondarily Camp Muir. On our way we’ll keep an eye out for marmots, pikas, mountain goats, and more, while absorbing views of Mount Rainier and beyond. If the weather cooperates, we could get views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams, three of the other major stratovolcanoes in the Cascades range. Our return will take us past the braided Myrtle Falls, and finally back to the vehicle and the main lodge. The Paradise area of Mount Rainier is full of human history, and we’ll have a chance to explore some of it as we poke around the Paradise Lodge and the Visitors’ Center.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 4.7 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet
Shuttle to Olympia: 2.5 hours


Our final day includes both our highest point on the trip and the least elevation gain. We’ll drive counter clockwise around Mt. Rainier until we reach Sunrise, the highest point accessible by car. With stunning access of the northeastern side of the mountain, rare tundra, and abundant views, Sunrise is not to be missed. We’ll head out towards the Burroughs Mountains, a series of three mountains on a ridge just below Rainier, and hike past alpine lakes and dramatic overlooks of the Emmons Glacier. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for parties of climbers traversing the glacier in the distance. Delicate plants and snowfields that remain through late summer accompany us back to the car. We'll enjoy a final picnic lunch during our hike or at a scenic locale on our way back to Olympia. Eventually we'll return you to your hotel in Olympia and say our good-byes, knowing we've had an unforgettable 3 days!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 2 nights of lodging (double occupancy) at historic national park lodges
  • Top-of-the-line daypack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Pacific Northwest hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the trip starting from and ending at your hotel in Olympia, Washington
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day's activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we'll visit local restaurants you're sure to enjoy!


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

This trip originates in Olympia, Washington. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation, which will be at 5:00 PM at the Hotel RL Olympia (we recommend staying here as well - mention you're hiking with us and get a discounted rate as low as $99, 360-943-4000). If you're staying at the Governor Hotel (our other recommended hotel, 20% discount), we're happy to pick you up for the orientation. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Pacific Northwest

This trip is primarily at altitude in the alpine zone of Mount Rainier. Below are the average high and low temperatures in different parts of the Pacific Northwest, however on this tour the "Mountain" temperatures are the relevant ones to take into account:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Coast
Mountains
 
 
hi
low
Precip
hi
low
Precip
 
 
June
66°
47°
3.8 in
53°
36°
3.9 in
 
 
July
70°
50°
2.8 in
62°
42°
2.1 in
 
 
August
72°
50°
2.8 in
63°
43°
2.2 in
 
 
September
69°
47°
4.4 in
57°
39°
4.7 in
 
 
October
42°
59°
11 in
47°
32°
8.5 in