Mt. Rainier Activity Guide

Our Getaways are located minutes from the Southwest entrance of Mount Rainier. You will enter the park at the Nisqually entrance which is the only year round entrance for vehicle traffic into the park. Once inside the gate you will have access to Longmire and Paradise areas of the park. Longmire is located 6.5 miles from the park entrance; it is a National Historic District and the location of the National Park Inn, Longmire Museum and Wilderness Information Center. At Paradise you will find the Visitor Center and the Paradise Inn.

https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm

Mount Rainier

Cross Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing

Our getaways are located within minutes to some of the best cross country skiing areas. Rainier National park is a great place to ski as well as the Mount Tahoma Trail System; for more information refer to the Mount Tahoma Trail System web site, https://skimtta.org/.

Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford rents and sells climbing/hiking gear, snow sports equipment, and sleds and tubes.

Fishing, Swimming, and Boating

Holiday Lake: For guests staying at one of our getaways you can enjoy access to this small neighborhood lake which offers swimming including a floating dock, a picnic area, play area and fishing from the shore.

Mineral Lake: Located about 20 minutes SE of Ashford off Hwy 7, Mineral Lake is stocked with trout annually, and you can rent everything you need for a day on the water at the Mineral Lake Resort, including fishing poles, bait & tackle, row boats, and pontoon boat’s.

Alder Lake: Also a 20 minute drive from Ashford is Alder Lake, situated about midway between Eatonville and Elbe. This large lake has 2 boat ramps, a swimming beach, picnic area, playground, and is a great place for outdoor summer recreation.

Hiking

Hikers can enjoy trails for all experience levels within Mount Rainier National Park and outside the park. Refer to the following web sites for additional information: https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/day-hiking-at-mount-rainier.htm and https://skimtta.org.

Mountain Biking

For those who enjoy mountain biking check out Osborn Mountain. You can find information on https://www.trailforks.com/trails/osborne-mountain/. Please note bikes are not allowed on any of the trails within Mount Rainier National Park. Bikes must remain on paved roads.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls abound including Chinook Creek Falls, Comet Falls, Margaret Falls and Spray Falls. Refer to https://visitrainier.com/places-and-attractions/waterfalls/ .

Area Activities for Visitors of All Ages:

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, WA, visitors enjoy a premier wildlife adventure center including a tram ride, hiking trails, and zip line. A great family experience.
https://www.nwtrek.org/

Mt. Rainier Railroad in Elbe, WA, passengers enjoy steam train rides through the forest and across the glacial fed Upper Nisqually River to a museum located in Mineral, Washington.
http://mtrainierrailroad.com/

EZ Times Guided Trail Rides in Ashford, WA offers horseback trail rides for adults and kids.
http://www.eztimeshorserides.com/

Ex-Nihilo Iron Sculpture Park located between Elbe and Ashford, WA. Ex-Nihilo means something created from out of nothing in Latin. Check out the amazing recycled spirits of iron.
https://visitrainier.com/ex-nihilo-sculpture-park/

Dining:

Copper Creek Inn & Restaurant
Warm smiles welcome you while the aroma of fresh breads and homemade blackberry pies lures you to stay for a meal. A broad menu includes steaks and salmon as well as homemade stews, hamburgers, and our world famous blackberry pie and homemade breads. Copper Creek Restaurant is voted #1 Best Restaurant on TripAdvisor.

Alexander’s Country Inn & Restaurant
Widely acclaimed, Alexander’s Restaurant is open to the public and serves delicious Pacific Northwest foods in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. House specialties include fresh trout straight from our pond, homemade breads & soups, blackberry pie & strawberry shortcake.

Base Camp Bar & Grill
The perfect jumping off point for your Rainier adventures, Base Camp Bar & Grill offers a variety of freshly prepared foods to fill you up before and after a day of hiking, climbing or sightseeing.

Rainier Valley Restaurant & Inn
Rainier Valley Restaurant and Inn is a Family oriented establishment. Families are welcome.

National Park Inn
The intrepid vacationer can explore more than the wilderness with Mount Rainier National Park’s exquisite dining options. The dining rooms of Paradise Inn and National Park Inn offer signature dishes with a variety of American favorites.

Paradise Inn
The intrepid vacationer can explore more than the wilderness with Mount Rainier National Park’s exquisite dining options. The dining rooms of Paradise Inn and National Park Inn offer signature dishes with a variety of American favorites.