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Touring and Hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park

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Touring and hiking scenic places in Mt Rainier National Park
  • 10 to 11 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket

Overview

Explore the highlights of Mt. Rainier National Park on this day tour filled with glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and old growth forests. From Seattle, we'll head to the park and hike from the Visitor Center at Paradise one mile to a picnic next to giant glaciers. We'll also see Reflection Lake, Narada Falls and Christine Falls. In Winter and Spring seasons (November-June) we will snowshoe rather than hike—no experience required.
  • See the surrounding mountains reflected in Reflection Lake
  • Picnic next to a giant glacier
  • Hike or snowshoe to the best sites of the park, depending on the season
  • Visit the cascading falls of Narada and Christine Falls

What's Included

  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Bottled water
  • Trekking poles
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Lunch - Vegetarian sandwiches and pasta salad
  • Snacks - Fruits, vegetables, nuts, crackers, and scones
  • Snowshoes

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 415 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

      We will meet outside Sephora next to the big arch on 415 Pine St. I will be wearing a pink flower fleece pullover, so it should be easy to spot me.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not recommended for travelers with knee or hip problems
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Reviews

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    Amazing !!!!
    Carolsusan_S, May 2024
    I purchased this trip for my daughter ( as a birthday gift) My daughter had an amazing adventure with Susan ! Would definitely book with Susan again - thank you for such an amazing bucket list adventure!
    Wonderful experience
    Gopal_R, May 2024
    Amazing experience. Susan was a great guide who was knowledgable, was carrying all essentials like snow shoes. Weather was perfect which made this trip a memorable one.
    Wonderful guide!
    Carmen_D, May 2024
    We loved the experience, far exceeded our expectations. Everything was great! We loved our guide, Susan was the best!
    Beware of sunburn
    Sharon_H, May 2024
    Excellent experience however your guide did not provide advice on how intense the sun could be on the mountain due to the snow. This resulted in us ending up with severe sunburn to arms face and legs this spoiled the next few days of our holiday. We had never been on snow trek before and feel your guide should have insisted that sun protection was used.
    Response from Host, May 2024
    The sun can be strong up on the mountain on sunny days and I always have sunscreen available for everybody which I pass around. Some people do not apply it for one reason or the other though I mention it many times but maybe you did not hear me say it or see the sunscreen lotion being passed around. I hope you feel better now.
    Wow! Fantastic experience
    Richard_A, May 2024
    Wow! Fantastic trip to Mount Rainier with our tour guide Susan who was so knowledgeable about the mountain and surrounding area. The highlight was a 2.5 hour trek in the snow whilst wearing snow-shoes. The weather was perfect and the experience was beyond what we had expected. Susan made the experience very personal and I recommend this excursion to anyone visiting the Seattle area.
    Amazing experience
    Venkat_v, May 2024
    Had an amazing experience! Susan is an amazing guide . She was well prepared with all the equipment required for the hike .
    One of my top 10 adventures
    Joe_K, May 2024
    At the base of the mountain was warm and rainy. Then it started to snow in May. Our guide Susan was prepared with all of needs of the unprepared people us included not havinggloves or hats . Snow shoeing in the snow was great!
    Such a great trip!
    Sarah_W, May 2024
    We had such a good time with Susan! She knew all the best places to take us hiking and showed us very cool things. And the lunch she provided was fantastic!
    Beautiful Views/Terribly managed excursion
    Keisha_J, Apr 2024
    The views on this tour are unmatched, breathtaking, and are once in a lifetime views. With that being said there are numerous other reasons for my two star review. My background…i use this app to book all kinds of excursions across the country…there for I have certain expectations and am accustomed to certain things. First…for almost $200 I would expect to be picked up in a better vehicle. Not one that has been in an accident, interior having not been cleaned since it was purchased, and malfunctioning brake lights. Second…with this type of tour being a 12 occupant tour there should be more than one guide. Too many dangers associated with the snow trekking and hikes that follow to only have one guide. Maybe drop the occupancy down to 6 occupants with one guide. Third….no need for the guide to provide the occupants food…and lack luster food at that. You can do a stop on the way for us to get proper snacks. And then after the snow shoe trek occupants can buy hot meals at the visitor center cafeteria. Cold food from your lunch kit just doesn’t cut it after a snow hike. Fourth…update your equipment that you let occupants use….shouldn’t be a hodge podge of passed down ski poles. Fifth…educate the occupants on how to properly adhere the snow shoes to their shoes (also make note on your tour page of proper footwear needed for the tour based on the time of year) and also how to adjust the height if the ski poles. Sixth….instruct your occupants on how to navigate through the snow in the snow shoes (navigating through the snow changes with the condition of the snow especially if it is fresh snow) and work slowly with occupants as this may be their first time trying such an excursion. Seventh….do not lead your occupants into unsafe terrain just because you want the occupants to get their “monies worth”…..if the conditions are not safe for the tour to pass through certain hiking trails accept that and explain that to the group. We would much rather walk away from a hike with a sense of feeling safe and with all of our limbs in tact. Eighth….might be wise to reccommend occupants bring a fresh change of clothes….especially in regards to the forest hikes….you need to be cognizant of the fact that most of us participating in the tour do not live in the city/state…we’re visiting and 95% of the time we have taken an Uber/Lyft to meet up with you…meaning we will more than likely need to take an Uber/Lyft to get back to wherever we are staying…..would you feel confortable getting into a stranger’s vehicle muddy and wet? Price that is being charged for this tour is not representative of the service that is being rendered.
    Response from Host, May 2024
    I am sorry the tour did not live up to your expectations. The van does get cleaned regularly and the brake light is a quick fix. The dent on the one side of the van is not from an accident but from a pole at a gas station. People really enjoy the lunch in nature - I cannot provide hot lunch on the picnic and eating in a cafeteria in the visitor center will not be as nice an experience. My tours are safe and we hike and snowshoe in safe areas. Most guests find it easy to snowshoe which is the only way to get around in the winter and Spring. I help with the snowshoes and trekking/ski poles on the trail if needed. Sometimes people get wet or muddy in snow or rain but I cannot ask people to bring a change of clothes. I often recommend to bring an extra pair of socks and if people do not wear a good jacket or gloves - I always have a few available to use.
    Awesome trip
    Susan_L, Apr 2024
    Susan is an awesome guide! She is very personable and so knowledgeable about the area. I was there during snowshoe season. She brings all the necessary gear and led us on an approximate 2-mile roundtrip hike. At the end of the first mile, she had led us to a spot with spectacular views of Rainier, Adams, and St. Helen's. And she had brought a tasty lunch for us to enjoy while we took in the majestic views. Once we were back down and on the road again, we made several stops within the park to view waterfalls, glacier rivers, and old-growth forests. The logistics for this trip were excellent too - everything from pre-trip communication, pickup and dropoff in Seattle, even bathroom breaks. This was certainly a highlight of my trip to the Pacific Northwest and highly recommend this outing.
    What an AMAZING experience!!!
    Josephine_C, Apr 2024
    Our guide Susan was amazing!! Not only was she knowledgeable about the area, she was also very helpful with fixing our snowshoes and helping us if we fell down. She also recommended places to eat and do when we got back into Seattle. Extra treat was her taking photos and videos throughout the tour and shared with the whole group. I don’t know if I was just super hungry by the time it was lunch but the pasta and sandwich were delicious!! I would 100% recommend this tour!!
    I couldn’t recommend this enough
    CalebJones_S, Apr 2024
    10/10, the trip was so well worth it. Susan was really nice to all of us, cooked us meals, explained the history behind some of the places she took us to. We were blessed with plenty of sunshine which made it even better.
    DO IT!
    Niva_S, Apr 2024
    Highly recommended! We loved the tour esp the snowshoeing and picnicing next to Mount Rainier. Susan was fantastic, highly knowledgeable, extremely accommodating. Her picnic was delicious as well. thanks Susan for an amazing excursion!
    Great one day tour
    Andrei_B, Apr 2024
    It was a great one day tour! It was snowy, but extremely sunny (sunscreen is a must). Susan is a very friendly guide and we enjoyed talking about parks, mountains and volcanoes. During the tour, we had a hike and saw many beautiful places: mountain peaks, waterfalls, ancient forest
    Hiking in Mt. Rainier Ntl. Park
    Chase_H, Apr 2024
    I came all the way up from Houston for this and I'm so happy with the way everything went. Susan was amazing, not only did she have lots of Information about Mt. Rainier National Park, but she was very attentive to everyone's needs on the hike making sure everyone went at their own pace and was safe the whole time. The picnic spot was amazing. Overall amazing day I'm going to book this tour again when I come back.
    Fantastic tour
    Anuket_B, Apr 2024
    Truly a hidden gem during my visit to Seattle. Mt. Rainier is beautiful. The snowshoeing at Paradise was amazing followed by a picnic and lunch. Amazing views of volcanos Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adam's. Then some waterfalls and a hike in a tree forest. Susan was an amazing and knowledgeable guide and did everything to ensure that everyone was comfortable. A must do tour. Thank you!
    Easter spent snowshoeing on Mt. Ranier
    Karen_C, Apr 2024
    It is most memorable that I made it up to the picnic spot after snowshoeing uphill for 0.7 mile. Our group was wonderful., all solos. We bonded with our guide, Susan. She was knowledgeable and ensured we made the most of the areas we explored. From glaciers, to a packed lunch, to a forest hike she was full of information. It was a wonderful 11 hour day.
    Breathtaking @ Pacifix NW at its best
    ChrisN_C, Apr 2024
    Well we could have not had better emweather cloudless skies! That said Susan was very good, attentive and absolutely wanted us to have the best experience possible. Thx Susan!
    Snowy Mt. Rainier
    Alejandra_D, Mar 2024
    It was my favorite day in Seattle, the experience, the view and the activities were amazing. Susan was an amazing guide who showed up with interesting facts, she was very patient with the group and prepared a delicious lunch and snacks, It was cold and snowy but stunning.
    The tour was the best...
    Blanca_G, Mar 2024
    The tour was the best part of our trip in Seattle. Susan was the perfect guide. She was knowledgeable and insightful with the entire tour. Whether it was a question about a mountain or a tree, she had the answer for every question. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to explore Mount Reinier for the weekend. You will explore and learn a lot on the tour. Highly recommend
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