Mount Rainier Climb and Hike

This majestic mountain ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level is an active volcano with a complex ecosystem. Truly a national treasure.
We'll camp at one of the 5 developed sites to support the members climbing with REI. While they're enjoying the climb, we will have a mired of activities and hikes to choose from. Be a part of the planning team to make this trip a once in a lifetime adventure!
Travel arrangements:
Flying - make your own plans and rent a car for your transportation
By Plane
Three airports, served by major airlines are located near Mount Rainier:

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located in Seattle, Washington. The one-way distance from the Seattle to the town of Ashford, located just outside the Nisqually entrance in the southwest corner of the park, is 85 miles. Portland International Airport is located in Portland, Oregon. The one-way distance from the Portland to town of Ashford, located just outside the Nisqually entrance in the southwest corner of the park, is 131 miles.
Yakima Air Terminal is located in Yakima, Washington. The one-way distance from the Yakima to town of Ashford, located just outside the Nisqually entrance in the southwest corner of the park, is 134 miles.

Driving - Carpool or drive separate across the United States Directions to the East Side of the park (Ohanapecosh, Sunrise and White River) from Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, or Portland:

From Seattle
To White River/Sunrise/Ohanapecosh: South on I-5 to I-405 (exit 156). East on I-405 to SR 167. South on SR 167 to SR 410. East on SR 410 to the White River Entrance. Continue south on SR 410 to SR 123 past Stevens Canyon Road. Follow signs to Ohanapecosh. This route is open summer only.
From Tacoma
To White River/Sunrise: East on SR 512 to SR 167. North on SR 167 to SR 410. East on SR 410 to the White River Entrance and Sunrise.
To Ohanapecosh: South on I-5 to Hwy12 (exit 68). East on Hwy 12 through Morton, Randle, and Packwood to SR 123 north. Follow SR 123 north into Mount Rainier National Park and the Ohanapecosh area.
From Yakima
To White River/Sunrise: West on Hwy 12 to SR 410. West on SR 410 over Chinook and Cayuse Passes to the White River Entrance.
To Ohanapecosh: West on US 12 to SR 123. Turn right on SR 123 and travel north into Mount Rainier National Park. Follow the signs to Ohanapecosh.
From Portland
To White River/Sunrise: North on I-5 to SR 512 east to SR 167 (exit 135) in Tacoma. Travel east on SR 167 to SR 410. Travel east on SR 410 to Mount Rainier National Park and White River/Sunrise area.
To Ohanapecosh: North on I-5 to US 12 (exit 68). East on US 12 to SR 123. North on SR 123 to Mount Rainier National Park and the Ohanapecosh area.

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  • Dan G.

    Guys, for what it's worth, I did a solo drive from Olympia, WA to Springfield, IL in 2006 in two days - about 15 hours/day, averaging about 65 - 70 mph. If you're carpooling and have more than one driver, two days becomes more realistic and if you're in a hurry, can simply do a straight drive through. I've also driven (solo) from LA, CA to Springfield, IL in two days in 2012 and plan on a (solo) drive from Springfield, IL to Mammoth Lakes, CA and back allocating two days each way mid July of this year. Just a function of how willing you are to sit in a tin can each day :) Good luck with your trip - sounds fun. Mt. Rainier is great.

    June 9

  • Reni M.

    Becky...I just found a round trip for $392...I am very interested in booking so that I can get this rate but I am not sure how it would work out with lodging and logistics with others not arriving for 3-5 days due to extended travel time....South west has each way for 196...not sure what gas would cost...but this would save the miles on the car? What are your thoughts?

    March 7

    • Becky

      Let's chat as there are some questions I have. [masked]

      March 7

  • Reni M.

    Becky, how are you going? Seems that this would be a difficult drive...but I love the idea of seeing that part of the country...

    March 5

    • Becky

      I've ran numbers and thoughts that driving wins hands down. It's a hard 3-day drive both ways 5 day would be best

      March 6

  • Richard

    Too bad, I'll be out of town for this one.

    March 5

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