Mount Rainier Winter Snowshoe in Paradise

Olympia, WA
4.5 (2 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Winter Solitude
  • Alpine Wonders
  • Frozen Lakes & Rivers
  • Winter Wildlife Opportunities
  • Cozy Rainier Lodging
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History

Description

Explore the majesty of Mount Rainier National Park in the winter on our 4 or 5-day Winter Snowshoe in Paradise inn-based adventure.

Join us for an exciting trip through the Park on a different snowshoe trek each day and relax in the comfort of a warm lodge each evening. We provide all the meals, lodging, local transportation, and an expert guide so you can relax and enjoy the sights of this winter wonderland.

Our daily excursions around this Cascade volcano highlight the diversity and beauty of Mount Rainier National Park, from frozen mountain lakes and glaciers to waterfalls and turbulent rivers to snow-covered meadows and dense conifer forests. You’ll get to explore the low valleys and climb high to stunning viewpoints of high peaks and impressive glaciers. Your guide will take you on a journey through Rainier’s geologic history, the region’s Native American history, and the resilient wildlife who call this snowy region home. This trip will challenge and delight everyone, from the novice snowshoer to the seasoned winter explorer. Come explore Mount Rainier in a way that few can say they have!

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4 Days From
$2495 Per Person
5 Days From
$3115 Per Person
$450-600 Single Supplement  

$450-600 Single Supplement

The single supplement on this trip is $450 for the 4-day tour, and $600 for the 5-day tour.

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 4-5 Days
Distance: 23+MI / 37+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip follows established tracks some of the time, and at other times we will be breaking trail. Snowshoeing, especially when breaking trail, can be strenuous. Be prepared for a mix of more and less challenging forays into the Mount Rainier winter wonderland.

Hiking Distances:

4-7 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

1800 ft

Heights Exposure:

Light

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing in a variety of snow conditions
  • Following established trails and breaking our own trails, which is more strenuous

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Mount Rainier winter tour a solitude 3. You can expect several hours of solitude at a time.

The most common way to reach Olympia is by flying into Seattle and renting a vehicle or shuttling to Olympia (approximately 1 hour). SeaTac (Seattle-Tacoma) Airport is one of the most easily accessed destinations in the country. Many major cities in the United States and internationally offer direct flights into Seattle.

The shuttle to Olympia is provided by Capital Aeroporter and costs $30-$45 per person each way. Go to www.capair.com/olympia or call 800-962-3579 to make reservations.

PRIVATE TRIPS

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Mount Rainier: 2 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 4-7 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 600-1200 feet

Our first hike of the tour begins in Longmire on the Wonderland Trail, the 93-mile loop that circumnavigates Mount Rainier. We’ll only be venturing out on a short section of it, but we’ll get a taste for what this iconic trail has to offer in winter. For the first two miles, we’ll be trekking through beautiful old-growth forests heading upstream along the turbulent Nisqually River. If the conditions are right and we’re feeling up for the challenge, we’ll cross the footbridge over the Nisqually and head up the narrow Paradise River Valley and its namesake tributary. After the landscape begins to open up again, we’ll reach a pair of gorgeous waterfalls that make a perfect turnaround spot for the day. From there, we’ll retrace our steps back to Longmire and check-in to our lodge to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

Day 2

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 20 minutes (depending on conditions)
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 800 feet

After breakfast we’ll head up to the Narada Falls trailhead to begin our hike to Reflection Lakes. After a short climb, we’ll reach the Stevens Canyon Road which is closed to cars for the winter but open for us to cruise along on our snowshoes. We’ll follow the road past Inspiration Point with stellar views of the jagged peaks in the Tatoosh Range to our south. While Reflection Lakes will likely be covered in ice, that won’t stop us from admiring the stunning views of Mount Rainier which make these lakes famous. As we continue on to Louise Lake, keep an eye out for the gregarious grey jays and the brilliantly blue Stellar’s jay who frequent this area in winter. Once we’ve had our fill of this winter wonderland, we’ll head back to our vehicle and the warm comfort of our lodge.

Day 3

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 25 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 5+ miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1800 feet

We’ll get an early start to our day for the biggest challenge of the trip: a hike up the standard route that mountaineers use to begin their summit attempt of Mount Rainier. From the parking lot at Paradise we’ll begin steadily climbing up the Skyline Trail on a ridge with views of the Nisqually Glacier down below. Winter climbing is less common than in summer, but if we keep an eye out we might spot some intrepid mountaineers making their way up to the high camp halfway up at Camp Muir. Once we reach Panorama Point, a prominent outcropping of rock, we’ll be rewarded (if the weather permits) with amazing views of Mount Rainier, the Tatoosh Range, and possibly even three other Cascade volcanoes: Mount Adams, Mount St Helens, and Mount Hood. Once we’ve taken in the views, we’ll continue to follow the Skyline Trail onto Mazama Ridge before dropping down onto the open slopes of Edith Creek Basin and eventually back to Paradise where our vehicle awaits. Once safely back, we’ll warm up again by the fire and enjoy a well-earned dinner at the lodge!

Day 4 (5-day Trip Only)

  • Hiking Mileage: 4.8 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500 feet

For those with five days to explore Rainier, we’ll gear up at Longmire after breakfast and head out straight onto the trails from there. We’ll start our day by hiking through beautiful old-growth forests of Douglas-fir and Western Red Cedar before ascending a series of switchbacks to gain Rampart Ridge. Nearly halfway through or hike, we’ll reach our highpoint of the day with views of nearby Tumtum Peak and Nisqually Valley. From there we’ll begin to gradually descend back off the ridge with some possible glimpses of Mount Rainier along the way, and maybe if we’re lucky we’ll even spot some red foxes or snowshoe hares in these dense, snowy forests. When we’ve nearly completed our loop, we’ll join up with the Wonderland Trail which will lead us right back to our starting place at Longmire.

Final Day

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 5 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 5+ miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500 feet
  • Shuttle to Olympia: 2 hours

On our final day, we’ll pack up and enjoy our last hike together through Kautz Creek valley, just a 5 minute drive away near the park entrance. Our trailhead is at the lowest elevation of the trip, so we may begin our hike with snowshoes strapped to our packs. On our journey up Kautz Creek we’ll experience firsthand the geologic history of the mountain and this region, since this tumultuous landscape is frequently scoured by spring snowmelt, floods, and even massive mudflows. After crossing a snow-covered footbridge over the creek, we’ll begin climbing switchbacks out of the valley and we’ll need our snowshoes if we haven’t yet. From our new vantage point above the valley, we’ll enjoy views further up Kautz Creek, nearby Satulick Mountain, and the snow-covered flanks of Mount Rainier. Depending on our desires and remaining time, we’ll keep climbing or turn back and retrace our steps back to the vehicle while enjoying the stunning and changing scenery from broad meadows to dense forests and back to the banks of Kautz Creek. We’ll say our last farewells to Mount Rainier and it’s stunning scenery, and enjoy the great memories we’ve made in this snowy wonderland.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

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REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 3 or 4 nights of lodging at Mount Rainier National Park
  • Top-of-the-line backpacks, snowshoes, and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (beginning and ending in Olympia, WA)
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone) (carried by your guide)
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare most 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 enjoy lodge and/or restaurant meals.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Snowshoes
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

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

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will conduct a virtual orientation meeting (via conference call) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins to review the packing list, communicate the first day’s logistics and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will give you the phone number for this call during the pre-trip contact approximately 10 days before your trip start date.

Early on the morning of Day 1 your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Olympia, WA.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended 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 6 and 9 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 Precautions

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. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip 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

Winter Weather on Mount Rainier

This trip travels between the alpine zones and valleys around Mount Rainier. The average temperatures below are for the alpine zone, while the valleys may be several degrees warmer.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (FAHRENHEIT)

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Month High Low
December 34° 22°
January 33° 21°
February 35° 22°
March 37° 22°

Accommodations

Accommodations

National Park Inn

3-4 NIGHTS

Nestled in the trees of the historic Longmire District on Mount Rainier, and a short distance from the Paradise area, this iconic lodge offers a very cozy place to relax and unwind after our snowshoeing excursions.

*These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 4.5 (2 reviews)
Cindy Z
5.0

Very Organized

7 months ago

Our tour guide Kyle and Drew are very professional and the schedule were very organized. We had a very good snowshoe hiking and unfortunately experience. We booked another tour with Wildlland already. Looking forward to next hike.

Brent T
4.0

Enjoyed It

8 months ago

Good snowshoeing trip and a chance to have a good winter trip.

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