Mount Rainier Family Adventure

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 4-10
Difficulty
3

Starting from

$1,899

for REI Members

$2,199 for non-members

Departures

Jul 2020-Aug 2020

Spend 4 fun days with your family, hiking, camping and exploring the most scenic sections of Mount Rainier National Park.

Come have a summer mountain adventure on the slopes of Mount Rainier, the highest peak in Washington’s Cascade Range. This trip is an invitation to unplug and experience the simple joys of life outdoors. Our expert guides will handle the details so you can just relax. (Translation: Take a vacation from cooking and dishes--and no, you won’t have to wrestle with a tent, either.)

The Sunrise and Paradise sections of the park become your family’s playground. Hike through wildflower meadows and groves of old-growth cedar and spruce. Listen for whistling marmots. Feel the spray from a thundering waterfall. Fun activities enhance the eye-popping views. Led by the guides, your kids will work towards their Junior Ranger badges by playing nature games, practicing new skills and tackling age-appropriate challenges. For example, they’ll concoct their own trail mix recipes and learn how to identify critters like banana slugs. At the end of each day, our exclusive Signature Camp welcomes your family in comfort. Feast on kid-friendly Northwest-inspired fare and enjoy an evening together under the stars.

REI Flash 18 Pack

Kids get an REI day pack — Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids age 8-17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary). Learn more about REI Family Adventures.

Not traveling with kids under age 18? Check out our Mount Rainier Hiking & Camping trip or inquire about a private departure of this itinerary.

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Trip highlights

  • Hike from the quite corners of an old growth forest to the awe inspiring views of a high alpine meadow
  • Families learn valuable wilderness skills from our expert Guides
  • Kids work toward their Mount Rainier Junior Ranger badge
  • All the work is done just come and focus on time with your family
  • Enjoy delicious meals, deluxe accommodations and fun games and activities at our deluxe Signature Camp

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Trip members should be capable of hiking 5 to 8 hours each day (up to 7 miles) with some steep ascents and descents and elevation gain and loss up to 2,000’.

Hiking takes place at altitudes of up to 7,000'. The trails are hard packed dirt with areas of exposed roots, rocks, and some rock steps. Trip members should have previous hiking experience and be in good physical condition.

  • Hiking

What's Included

Park fees and permits; guide leadership and REI Signature Camp host support; roundtrip transportation from host hotel to all destinations visited during the trip; meals as noted in the daily itinerary.

Accommodations

Signature Camping, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Hike by a mountain stream, soaking up postcard views of Mount Rainier.

Meet your guides and other travelers at 9am. After initial introductions, we load up for a two-hour drive to the Longmire Visitor Center in Mount Rainier National Park. Your first hike is the Trail of the Shadows, where a historic cabin is set along a cool mountain stream. Spectacular views of ancient lava flow and Mount Rainier soon emerge, providing the perfect introduction to this amazing stratovolcano. After a day of exploration, your home-away-from-home awaits. Our REI Signature Camp hosts greets the group with fun treats and takes us on a tour of our comfortable accommodations. Our guides will also introduce the Mount Rainier Junior Ranger program. Kids will learn about the fun activities necessary to earn their Junior Ranger badge by the end of the trip! Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 5 miles; 1,300’ elevation gain/loss; transfer 2-3 hours.

Day 2

Discover whistling marmots and fun nature skills at Sunrise.

A day full of fun and adventure awaits! Before hitting the trail, kiddos will have the opportunity to belly up to a DIY trail mix bar full of everything they’ll need to keep their motors running. We’re then off to Sunrise, which at 6,400’, provides the highest point in the park that can be reached by car. With spectacular 360 degree views, Sunrise is a favored spot to kick off a day on the trail. Vibrant wildflower meadows and the sound of whistling Hoary Marmots provide the perfect backdrop for learning, exploring and having fun. Back in camp, we’ll play fun camp games and learn valuable new skills. All meals included.

Hiking: approximately 4 miles; approximately 1,000’ elevation gain/loss; transfers 4 hours.

Day 3

Explore the Paradise section of the park. Hike to lovely Narada Falls.

Spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding peaks and valleys await at the iconic Paradise section of the park. We’ll start out at the Jackson Visitor Center. With its great interpretive exhibits, maps and information on park and climbing history our visit will give deeper meaning to our time in the park. We’ll then spend the day exploring Paradise, where opportunities to practice newly developed plant and flower identification expertise abound. Depending on seasonal trail conditions and weather, we’ll hike one of the most spectacular trails the park has to offer. Later we’ll take a short jaunt to majestic 176-foot Narada Falls. From Narada Falls, hikers will have the option to hike a picturesque trail back to camp or hop in the van and spend a little extra time enjoying Signature Camp.

Hiking: 4-7 miles; 1,100’- 2,000’ elevation gain/loss.

Day 4

Visit Comet Falls. Leave with well-earned Junior Ranger badges.

After our final camp breakfast we pack our bags and prepare for our last day of adventure. Our first destination is Comet Falls where churning cascades of cool water fan out resembling its celestial namesake – a comet. After hiking, we’ll make a stop at the Longmire Visitor Center where kids can turn in their completed Junior Ranger workbooks. A Park Ranger will initiate kids into the official Mount Rainier National Park Junior Ranger program and they’ll each get a badge and certificate. After an unbeatable experience in one of our most treasured National Parks, we’ll head back to Seattle for our final farewells.

We anticipate arriving back to the Sea-Tac area around 6pm. Please note that this time may vary depending on group pace, trail conditions, traffic, weather, and other factors beyond our control. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: approximately 4 miles; 1,250’ elevation gain/loss; transfer 2-3 hours.

Mount Rainier Family Adventure Departures 2020

  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • All 2019 dates subject to permit availability.
  • Don't see the trip you're looking for?
    Book a private departure
  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • All 2019 dates subject to permit availability.
  • Don't see the trip you're looking for?
    Book a private departure

Gear list

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

What to pack

Packed by REI

  • All Group Cooking Gear
  • Camp Furniture
  • Cots and Sleeping Pads
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Tent(s)

Packed by you (Required)

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Travel Documents

  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)

Contact Us

Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (1-800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out REI Expert Advice, which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

Meet your guides

Emily S.

From hiking, swimming, fishing and kayaking in summer to skiing and snowshoeing in winter, you'll find Emily outside. She grew up in Oregon and took her love of the ocean to UC Santa Cruz where she earned a B.S. in marine biology. She began guiding in 2012.

Meet your guides

Jacob W.

Born in Colorado, Jacob has traveled the world in search of adventure. He's been leading outdoor adventures since 2003, and has been guiding in Washington for eight years. He loves sharing the special places of Washington with families.

Adventure Expert

Heather

Camping with family and creating new and lasting friendships was always the highlight of my summers. On this adventure we explore beautiful Mount Rainier and create memories that are sure to last your family a lifetime.