Mount Rainier to Require Timed Entry This Summer

Mount Rainier National Park has implemented a pilot timed-entry reservation system to improve the visitor experience. The system will be in place from May 24 to Sept. 2.

The implementation of the timed-entry reservation system is aimed to reduce wait times, congestion and resource impacts on trails all season long. The summer pilot program requires a timed-entry reservations between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m for two areas of Mount Rainier National Park:

May 24 to Sept. 2: Timed entries are required Paradise Corridor entering through either the Nisqually or Stevens Canyon entrance stations; this reservation includes access to Paradise, Cougar Rock, Reflection Lakes, Kautz Creek, Longmire, Comet, Christine and Narada Falls, Bench/Snow Lake, and Box Canyon.  

July 4 to Sept. 2: Timed entries are required in the Sunrise Corridor entering through the White River entrance station; this reservation includes access to Sunrise, White River, Summerland, Glacier Basin, and Owyhigh Lakes.

Entry reservations are not required for other areas of the park, including Carbon River or along state highways 410 and 123 to Chinook Pass and Ohanapecosh. Other exceptions include: Park entrance before 7 a.m. or after 3 p.m.; visitors traveling on foot or by bike; visitors with permits for climbing, camping, wilderness permits or any other special-use permits; visitors with in-park lodging reservations at the Paradise Inn, National Park Inn or Cougar Rock Campground (they can enter the park after 1 p.m. on the first day of their reservation and throughout their stay); and visitors entering the park as part of an organized tour.

A portion of timed-entry reservations have been released in batches 90 days in advance, with another portion released daily at 7 p.m. PDT the night before for next-day travel. Next-day timed0entry reservations will be available daily at 7 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) for next-day entry starting on May 24 for the Paradise Corridor and starting July 4 for the Sunrise Corridor.

Timed-entry reservations are good for single-day visits. The reservation must be made in addition to an entrance fee or park pass. Reservations are for a designated two-hour entry slot, cover one personal or rental vehicle (automobile or motorcycle) and must be booked for the specific corridor that aligns with visitation plans.

Timed entry reservations are only available through or by calling 877.444.6777.



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