Wild Olympic to Mount Rainier Snowshoe Adventure

Olympia, WA
4.5 (2 reviews)

Trip Highlights

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


Explore the majesty of Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks in the winter on this 5-day hiking and snowshoeing, inn-based adventure.

Our daily excursions through the Olympic coastal range and most prominent Cascade volcano (Mount Rainier) highlight the diversity and beauty of the Pacific Northwest, from deep rain forests, ocean views, frozen mountain lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, turbulent rivers, and snow-blanketed meadows. 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 the regions’ geologic stories, the Native American histories, and the resilient wildlife who call these breathtaking ecosystems home. This trip will challenge and delight everyone, from the novice hiker/snowshoer to the seasoned winter explorer.

We provide all the meals, lodging, local transportation, and an expert guide so you can relax and soak up the magic of a Washington winter. Join us for an exciting journey through these national parks on a different hike or snowshoe trek each day, and relax in the comfort of a cozy lodge each evening!

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From USD
$3530 Per Person
$690 Single Supplement  

$690 Single Supplement

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

Trip Type: Inn-Based Hiking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-10 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 23+MI / 37+KM


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

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


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

1800 ft

Heights Exposure:


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.


  • 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
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

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


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. 


  • 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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Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 3.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 4-6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 feet

This Pacific Northwest adventure begins in Olympia where we’ll say farewell to our hotel, load up our bags, and head northwest towards the famous Hoh Rainforest. With over 140 inches of rain per year, this is one of the nation’s largest temperate rainforests, and includes ancient trees towering up to 300 feet in height, moss-draped nurse logs, incredible biodiversity, and abundant wildlife. We’ll hike up the wild Hoh River and explore all that the rainforest has to offer. Elk, deer, black bears, bald eagles, fascinating banana slugs, and more await us as we investigate this incredible ecosystem. Immense cushions of moss absorb sounds, contributing to the Hoh River’s title as “The Quietest Place in the U.S.”. When we’ve had our fill of hiking, we’ll make our way back to the trailhead and head further North to our destination for the night on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Day 2

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 800 feet

With minimal driving today, we can have a more relaxed morning. We’ll enjoy the quiet, morning views of Port Angeles before climbing up to Hurricane Ridge to begin our snowshoe hike for the day.. After soaking up the views from the Visitor’s Center, we’ll leave the crowds behind and hike Klahhane Ridge out towards Mount Angeles. On a clear day, to our north, we can see across the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and beyond. To our east is the snowy cap of Mount Baker rising from the North Cascades, and to our south the glaciated Mount Olympus, with alpine wildflowers in the foreground of every view. After ample playtime in these extraordinary mountains, we’ll drive back down to sea level and to our accommodations at Olympic Lodge by Ayres

Day 3

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 4-5 hours (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 4

  • 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 5

  • Shuttle to Mount Rainier: 2 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 2-3 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 feet

Our last 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, load up the van and head back toward Olympia for the conclusion of our trip.

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.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Double-occupancy lodging at a seaside hotel in Olympic and a historic lodge in Mount Rainier National Park (single occupancy requires an additional single supplement)
  • 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)

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.

Travel to Olympia

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 Premier Airport Shuttle. Go to https://premierairportshuttle.com/olympia/ or call 800-962-3579 to make reservations.

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.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

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.


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



Olympic Lodge by Ayres

2 Nights

With a backdrop framed by the Olympic Mountains, and the majestic Strait of Juan de Fuca in the foreground, this wonderfully located hotel puts us right in the action for our daily adventures in Olympic National Park.

National Park Inn


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)
Brent T

Enjoyed It

2 years ago

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

Cindy Z

Very Organized

2 years 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.

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