Winter Wonderland

Mount Rainier has about 2.5 million visitors each year, and the majority go during the summer. To avoid crowds, I like to go very early. More than once, I’ve seen lines as long as 1.5 miles at the Nisqually entrance, leading past The Wild Berry restaurant (you should eat there if you can. Or Copper Creek. Both are awesome, and support local small businesses). Don’t want to go early? Go in the winter!

Mount Rainier in Winter

My wife and I went on a short, very accessible snowshoe trip last weekend out of Paradise. One thing about snow, and snowshoes, is that there’s no trail. You can go almost anywhere you want to. Our trip was magical, we saw very few people outside of the parking lot, and it was just a beautiful day.

I hope you get the opportunity to see Mount Rainier’s magic sometime soon, whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall. All seasons are gorgeous, and you won’t be disappointed.