Getting to Mount Rainier National Park
Road access to Mount Rainier is available from several points. Some of the more minor access areas are closed at the park boundary, and most access is closed in winter. Most people access the park from one of three entry points. The first is the Nisqually Entrance, the continuation of WA-706. It is reached from WA-7 and goes through the town of Ashford on its way. The second is via WA-123 from the south, which comes off of US-12 and enters the park quickly, soon coming to the Stevens Canyon Entrance. The last is WA-410 from the north, otherwise known as the Mather Memorial Parkway. Only the Nisqually Entrance provides significant access to the park year-round. The rest of the park roads are buried in snow at least November through May, and sometimes longer.
Below you will find an interactive map showing the location of the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise in Mount Rainier. Following this are the official park maps provided by the National Park Service. You can view either the original PDF file or a simple JPEG image file (some of these files can be quite large). The map links will open in a new tab. Note that while these maps are useful for general navigation around the park, if you plan to do any hiking, you should really have a proper Mount Rainier Trail Map.
Below you will find a list of airports most convenient for a trip to Mount Rainier, listed in order of distance. For each airport we give useful links for further information on the airport, as well as flight and rental car bookings. These links already have the destination airport selected for your convenience. For price searches, simply enter your origin and dates.
- Seattle, WA (SEA): 82 miles by car to Mount Rainier
- Portland, OR (PDX): 138 miles by car to Mount Rainier
- Vancouver, BC, Canada (YVR): 222 miles by car to Mount Rainier
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