Day Tripping and We’re Dreaming of Rainier

Staying at home for so many months has us wanting to be outside, and now, more spots around the South Sound are open again for summer adventures. Hiking at Sunrise can now be a part of your day trips, with the road to Sunrise at Mount Rainier National Park open as of July 2.

At Paradise and Sunrise, there is still more than five feet of snow on the trails, so expect winter hiking conditions. Further down the mountain are options for snow-free trails. All campgrounds at Mount Rainier are open for day use, and overnight use is opening in phases. You can find more information about camping at the park here.

The National Park Services’ “COVID-19 Visitor Guide for Healthy Access” webpage asks guests to recreate responsibly and wear face coverings on popular trails. They also advise visitors to check and see if the area they want to go to is busy and to have a backup plan for a less populated adventure.

At Crystal Mountain, scenic gondola rides are available, along with hiking and disc golf. Dining and area lodging options are also now open.

Northwest Trek’s new “Wild Walk,” opened June 18, and allows visitors to safely view the park’s central area while staying socially distant. Tickets are purchased in specific time slots to create a safer experience for guests. You can also enjoy the park via a “Wild Drive” tour. Find out more about what to bring and how to reserve tickets here.

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