Easy, Inexpensive Winter Fun at Mt. Rainier – Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks!

Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks

horse on snowshoes
Even horses can snowshoe!

Don’t ski?  Don’t climb mountains?

Don’t let that stop you from getting outside and enjoying the winter beauty of Mt. Rainier!

Just slap on some borrowed snowshoes and play follow the leader.

Join a park ranger to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to the challenging winter conditions at Mount Rainier!

First-come, first-served guided snowshoe walks are available December 23, 2015 through March 27, 2016.

Snow conditions permitting, the walks are generally offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Jackson Visit Center at Mt. Rainier National Park
Jackson Visit Center at Mt. Rainier National Park

Walks start at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and meet inside the Jackson Visitor Center (near the information desk) in Paradise. Sign-ups begin 1 hour in advance of scheduled time.

Snowshoe walks cover approximately 1.8 miles in 2 hours.

Snowshoe walks are limited to 25 people, eight years old or older, on a first-come, first-served basis.  A sign-up sheet is available at the Jackson Visitor Center information desk one hour before each walk. All snowshoe walk participants must be present at sign-up.

Organized Groups:  Reservations for snowshoe walks for groups will begin January 2.

Snowshoe walks are available to organized groups of 10 to 25 people by reservation only.  Group snowshoe walks begin at 2:00 p.m. on the days that snowshoe walks are offered to the general public (see above).

For more information, or to make reservations for a group snowshoe walk, call (360) 569-6575 between 9:30 am-4:00pm, or visit the Longmire Information Center or Jackson Visitor Center.


For an enjoyable snowshoe walk, you will need snowshoes!

Snowshoes are provided by the park only for those attending the ranger-guided snowshoe walks, and only for the duration of the walk.

A $5.00 donation from each snowshoe walk participant helps the park provide snowshoe walks and repair and replace snowshoes.

Additionally, the park concessioner rents snowshoes to anyone wishing to snowshoe in the park; check at the Longmire General Store for availability and rental rates. Or you may use your own snowshoes.

Don’t forget to bring –

1. hat
2. mittens
3. suitable boots (you will sink into the snow even wearing snowshoes)
4. sunscreen
5. sunglasses

Wow, does that sound fun!  Can’t wait to crunch through the snow.

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