There is no public transportation within the park. Rental cars are available at all airports listed. A paving project is taking place in the Paradise parking lots through September 30, 2016. Parking will be limited and flaggers will be available to direct visitors to available parking.
From Seattle (about 87 miles away) or Tacoma (about 65 miles away), take Hwy 5 south to Hwy 512 east. Exit onto Hwy 7 (Pacific Avenue). Follow Hwy 7 south to Elbe and continue on Hwy 706 east to the Nisqually Entrance. Please expect 30 minute delays due to road construction Monday through Friday between March and October 2016 or use the east Stevens Canyon Entrance between June and October to avoid this delay.
From Portland, Oregon (about 136 miles away), take I-5 north to U.S. 12 east to Morton; then take Hwy. 7 north and turn east on Hwy. 706 at Elbe, continuing to the Nisqually Entrance. Please expect 30 minute delays due to road construction Monday through Friday between March and October 2016.
East entrance: From Yakima take Highway 12 west to SR 123. Follow SR 123 north to the Stevens Canyon Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season.
Northeast entrance: From Seattle/Tacoma, take Hwy. 410 south; from Yakima, take Hwy. 12 to SR 123 north to the Stevens Canyon Entrance and 410 north to the White River Entrance. Northwest entrance: Take Hwy. 165 south to Carbon River Entrance. We suggest you use the alternate route of Highway 12 if you are coming from the east and traveling to Paradise or the Sunrise areas of the park.
In the winter, all park roads are closed except the stretch between the Nisqually Entrance and Paradise and the road from the park boundary to Ohanapecosh ranger station. For additional information on road closures in Mount Rainier National Park call 360-569-2211. Mount Rainier National Park requires all vehicles entering the park from November through April to carry tire chains.
GPS Address for the Nisqually (southwest) Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park 39000 State Route 706 E. Ashford, WA 98304
The National Park Inn at Longmire is located 6 miles inside the Nisqually Entrance and the Paradise Inn is located 19 miles inside the entrance.
The closest major airports are Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (65 miles away) and Portland International Airport (150 miles away).
Tours Northwest offer day trips to Mount Rainier from May through September. Tours leave from Seattle and advance reservations are required. 888-293-1404. www.toursnorthwest.com