Mount Rainier National Park is located in west-central Washington. Several major cities in Washington-Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima- and Portland, Oregon are within 200 miles of the park.
Always check the road status page before planning a trip to the park. Unexpected road closures may occur at any time due to the dynamic nature of Mount Rainier.
Southwest - Year round access to the park is via SR 706 to the Nisqually Entrance in the southwest corner of the park. The road from the entrance to Longmire remains open throughout winter except during extreme weather. The road from Longmire to Paradise closes nightly from November 1 through winter. It reopens the following morning dependent upon snow removal. Even though roads will be open, some facilities may not be available.
Northwest - Carbon River in the northwest is also open year round via SR 165 through Wilkeson, but vehicle access is permitted only to the ranger station. Beyond this point the Carbon River Road is open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Another access point in the northwest is Mowich Lake. Due to heavy snowfall it is only open in the summer and closes mid-October or with the first snowfall.
Southeast - Spring through fall road closures depend on snowfall and its removal from the roadways. Ohanapecosh on SR 123 is generally open via Hwy 12 from Yakima or Packwood from late May to early November. Access to other areas of the park from Ohanapecosh may be closed during the early and later seasons so please check the road status while making your plans.
Northeast - Sunrise, White River and southbound SR 123 are accessed via SR 410 from Enumclaw. The road to Sunrise is usually open by July 1st through early September, as is the visitor center and other facilities. The road to Sunrise closes at the junction with White River Campground every night beginning in late September. It reopens each morning as conditions permit. The entire road from the junction with SR 410 to Sunrise and White River is closed for winter on October 14 or earlier with the first heavy snowfall.
Three airports, served by major airlines are located near Mount Rainier:
There is no public transportation to or in Mount Rainier National Park.
From May 1 to September 30, Gray Line Tours offers daily trips from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park. For more information, call Gray Line Tours at (800)426-7532 or visit the Gray Line Tours web site.