Mt. Rainier Full Day Small Group Tour from Seattle

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Free Cancellation: Up to 72 hours in advance

10.5 Hours
10 Guests Max Hotel Pick Up Gourmet Lunch Included

Tour Overview

With a charming naturalist as your companion, stretch your legs through an old growth forest surrounded by 800-year old trees towering above you.  Feel the cool mist blowing off glacier fed waterfalls carving through an ancient canyon.  Refuel your energy with a chef-prepared picnic in the wilderness. Encounter the largest glaciers in the lower 48 as you stroll through alpine meadows above 5,000′ while looking for wildlife.  With your guide’s help, spot mountaineers heading for the summit–a human drama unfolding before your eyes.

Tour Highlights

  • Door-to-door transport from all downtown Seattle & Sea-Tac hotels. 
  • Learn Mt. Rainier’s natural history on 4-6 guided nature walks
  • Leave the crowds behind with a small group of 10 guests or less. 
  • Explore the best photo spots for any season or weather. 
  • A knowledgeable, certified guide at your side to inform and entertain.
  • Gourmet picnic lunch amidst the mountain’s splendor.


Journey to Mt. Rainier

Board our spacious passenger van from your downtown Seattle hotel doorstep and relax as you watch the scenery transition to rustic farmland and forests on the 1.5-hour journey to the Park.  On clear days, Mt. Rainier gets larger in the windows as we approach. En route, we’ll stop to stretch our legs, and to enjoy a coffee and snack.

Exploring Mt. Rainier National Park

Once inside the park, dense old growth forests and rushing rivers surround us.  As we gain elevation, you’ll get your first panoramic views of Mt. Rainier’s glacier clad flanks and 14,410 ft. summit.  Your guide will bring you on a series of 4 to 6 nature walks.  Each walk is designed to give you opportunities to learn about a different aspect of the mountain’s natural history all while taking in stunning surroundings.  

Some walks are short–only 1/4 mile and others are longer, up to 2 miles round trip.  Your guide will also bring you to the best photo spots in the park and help you find wildlife. In the summer and fall, it’s common for us to spot herds of elk, mountain goats, marmots and black bears along the mountain’s slopes.

Early spring tours will see the mountain’s alpine areas still in the midst of winter with thick blankets of snow still covering the upper 2/3 of the mountain.  Tours in July and August will be able to walk through Mt. Rainier’s world famous wildflower meadows and come face to face with some of the mountain’s 25 major glaciers. You’ll learn about seasonal cycles, how glaciers transform the landscape, and about the powerful volcanic forces that created the mountain. On clear days, you may also get glimpses of neighboring volcanic peaks: Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, and maybe even Mt. St. Helens. Your guide will explain how all of these peaks are tied together by unimaginably strong pressures churning within the Earth’s mantle. We promise that you’ll never look at these peaks the same way!

Gourmet Lunch

Your guide will serve you a delicious catered lunch in the park. No cold, dry sandwiches and bag of chips here! Lunch typically includes a choice of steak, salmon, or chicken with sides of vegetables, a fresh green salad, and dessert along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. You’ll be able to place your order in advance according to your preferences. Vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options are available with advance request.


  • Door-to-door transport from all downtown Seattle hotels
  • National Park entrance fees
  • 4-6 nature walks through Mt Rainier’s ecosystems with a certified guide
  • Chef-prepared lunch with choice of entree, green salad, vegetables, and dessert
  • Hot tea and fresh coffee
  • Still and sparkling water
  • Snacks throughout the day
  • Use of Trekking Poles, Spotting Scope & Binoculars

Not Included

Gratuity (not required but always appreciated for good service-typically 15-20% of your tour price)


We pick up from all hotels, AirBnB’s, and vacation rentals in downtown Seattle.  Pick up times in downtown Seattle are typically between 7:40am-8:00am.  Once you make a booking, please contact us to confirm your pick up location.  

At least 1 day before your tour, we will contact you to inform you of your individual pick-up time slot. This is the best way to avoid everyone standing at the curb at the same time. If you’re not staying in downtown Seattle or by Sea-Tac Airport, please plan to meet the group at the Seattle Hyatt Regency (808 Howell St.).  

We also pick up from Sea-Tac airport area hotels.  If your hotel provides an airport shuttle service, then it’s most likely close enough to our route of travel for us to pick you up at your hotel.  Sea-Tac area hotel pick-ups are conducted after downtown Seattle pick-ups and are usually between 8:15-8:20am.  We will contact you at least 1 day before your tour to inform you of your individual pick-up time slot.

After about 6 hours in the park, it will be time for us turn toward Seattle.   We aim to return to Seattle by about 6:30pm, depending on traffic and on the pace of the group.  Once in Seattle, your guide will drop you off at your pick-up location or any preferred spot in downtown Seattle.


  • This tour includes a modest amount of walking on marked trails, but over uneven surfaces as well as up and down hill.  There are no steep inclines on this tour. The total number of miles hiked each day varies, but is typically not more than 4-5 miles of cumulative walking.  Our walking pace is very moderate—after all, we’re here to take in the scenery and enjoy our surroundings. 
  • If you have mobility concerns, please don’t hesitate to discuss them with us in advance and be sure to talk to your guide at the beginning of the tour so we can adjust our route accordingly.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions, please read our clothing recommendations in the FAQ section.
  • Participants must be a minimum of 8 years old to join this tour.  If you have children under 8 years old, we recommend booking a Private Tour.


This tour can be booked as a Private Tour by clicking here.  We can accommodate up to 14 guests on a private tour in a single vehicle.  Larger groups can be accommodated in multiple vehicles or in a single larger coach.  

Private groups will get door-to-door transportation service anywhere in the greater Seattle metro area including the cruise terminals, Bellevue and private residences.

If necessary, private groups may also request a modified tour departure or return time and make special requests for the tour route and level of physical activity.  Contact us today and we’d be happy to put together a customized proposal if you require one. 

If your group is larger than 14, please contact us to discuss the best option and customized pricing for your group.


Individual Seat Reservations

  • Up to 3 days before your tour date: receive a 100% full refund for cancellation or reschedule your tour to another date, subject to availability, without penalty.
  • Less than 3 days before the tour date, or if you are a no-show: no refund

Private Group Reservations

  • At the time of booking: 15% of your package is non-refundable after payment is made. 
  • 7+ days prior to your tour date: you may make changes to your date, without penalty, subject to availability. You also may cancel your tour and receive an 85% refund of the amount paid. 

Less than 7 days prior to your tour date: the full amount of your tour is non-refundable. Tour date changes can be made, subject to availability, but will incur a $50 change fee.


Do you pick up from the cruise terminals?

While cruise ships usually dock in Seattle by 6:00am, passengers typically do not disembark until around 8:30am-9:30am as it takes time to collect baggage and clear customs. For guests coming off a cruise, we highly recommend a Private Tour. On a Private Tour, we can offer your group a personalized tour schedule and complimentary luggage transfer if you’re headed to a Seattle hotel or to the airport in the evening. 

We are staying in Bellevue, can pick us up here?

Sorry, we cannot pick you up at your hotel in Bellevue as it is considerably out of the way from our route of travel.  Guests not staying in downtown Seattle or by Sea-Tac airport will meet the group at the Seattle Hyatt Regency (808 Howell St.).  If you would like to be dropped off at your hotel in Bellevue after the tour, we can accommodate this request if you’re ok with being the last drop-off of the day.  An additional $50 fee for drop-off in the Bellevue area will apply, but this is about the same as what you would pay for an Uber/Lyft.

What will the weather be like?

Weather in the mountains changes very quickly and is variable throughout the year. If the sun is out and we are walking, it can quickly get warm and a t-shirt will be comfortable. If the sun goes behind a cloud and a wind picks up, it can feel very chilly. Spring (May-June) and Fall (September-October) temperatures are often in the 40s-50s but can be as high as the 60s and 70s. Summer temperatures (July-August) are generally warm in the 70s-80s, but daily temperature fluctuation is common with early mornings in the 50s and late afternoons warming up to the mid-80s.  Even in July and August, on a breezy overcast day above 5,000’, the temperature can be in the 50s and a sweater with a windbreaker would be a good idea.  While weather is typically sunnier in July, August and September, it’s very difficult to predict ahead of time, so we recommend being prepared for everything.  

What should I wear?

At a minimum, we recommend preparing 3 layers: a quick drying t-shirt, an insulating layer (wool sweater, hoodie, etc.), and a waterproof layer (wind breaker, soft shell jacket).  Guests on early and late season tours (May to June or September to October) are advised to bring an additional insulating layer. A generally good rule of thumb is to bring one more layer than you think is necessary. If we are anticipating winter-like conditions (temperatures in the 30s-40s with sleet/snow), we will give you a heads up in advance so you can dress accordingly. 

What shoes are appropriate?

While we won’t be doing any intense hikes, please wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in on uneven ground and provide ankle support. On wet days and rainy days, sneakers can quickly soak through.  Rubber soled hiking boots or rain boots are a better option on those days. You’re also welcome to bring an extra pair of shoes and socks if you’d like to be sure to have warm dry feet for the ride back to Seattle. We have plenty of room in the van to store your extra pair of shoes.  

How much walking will we do?

This tour includes a modest amount of walking on marked trails, but over uneven surfaces as well as up and down hill.  There are no steep inclines on this tour. The total number of miles hiked each day varies, but is typically not more than 4-5 miles of cumulative walking.  Our walking pace is very moderate—after all, we’re here to take in the scenery and enjoy our surroundings.  If you have mobility concerns, please don’t hesitate to discuss them with us in advance and be sure to talk to your guide at the beginning of the tour so we can adjust our route accordingly. 

Will we see waterfalls?

Yes, we definitely will!  We will have a chance to enjoy multiple waterfalls—some up close and some “hidden” waterfalls viewed from a distance.  Have you ever seen a waterfall flowing directly out of a glacier? We’ll show you several! These are some of the best moments to just stop, stare and just take it all in.  

When are the wildflowers in bloom?

The wildflower bloom varies year-to-year and is dependent on a number of factors such as snow cover, rainfall, ambient sunlight and temperatures, but we typically expect to see wildflowers from the end of June through the middle of August. Outside wildflower season, the scenery is still spectacular. By mid-September, the hillsides start to turn shades of burnt orange and yellow when fall starts to set in. Fall is often the best overall time of year.   

Will there be snow on the ground?

The ground is typically still covered in snow at higher elevations (above 4,000 ft.) well into mid-June.  Opportunities to throw wet snowballs or make a dirty snow angel will probably present themselves even until early July, depending on temperatures and sunshine.  Thick snow is on the ground at higher elevations (above 7,500 ft.) throughout the year.  While this trip will not travel to those elevations, abundant snow and massive glaciers are clearly visible over the entire upper half of the mountain throughout the year. 

I have an allergy / I’m a vegan / vegetarian / have another dietary request, will there be lunch for me?

Yes, we will happily accommodate your dietary requirements with your own delicious meal.  In order for us to arrange this for you, however, please notify us of your request no less than 72 hours before your tour.  If there is less than 72 hours before the tour, we will do our best to accommodate you, but if we can’t we will let you know at the time of booking.  

Can I bring my luggage so you can drop me off at the airport after the tour?

Yes, we have a limited amount of space to accommodate some luggage in our tour vehicle if you have a flight to catch after the tour.  If you need to go to the airport directly after the tour and will have luggage with you, please notify us after you’ve made a booking to let us know what your flight time is and how many bags you will have with you.  We are typically in the vicinity of Sea-Tac airport around 6:00pm-6:30pm, but it can be as late as 7:00pm.  Please leave yourself at least 2 hours of buffer time to catch your flight after our tour.  

What if I have another questions?

No problem! Just contact us or give us a call at 888-365-9488 and we’d be happy to chat.


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The Majestic Mt. Rainier with a great tour guide

Kstewie2019, September 22, 2019

What an amazing day spent at Mt. Rainier National Park. Beginning to end- all perfect!

We were picked up at our hotel and traveled in comfort to the park- stopping at a great shop along the way. Once in the park, Michael guided us to all the best spots, best views and best pictures! The weather was some of the best Michael has seen and he to advantage of that and showed those must see spots that we may have not gotten to see otherwise. We lunched along the White River and we were fortunate to see 2 bears!

I can’t recommend this tour enough!!!

Mt. Rainier Premium Small Group Tour

amandacarpentern, September 14, 2019

Seeing Mt.Rainier has been on my bucket list ever since I visited Seattle two years prior. So when I had an opportunity to be in Seattle again I jumped on the opportunity to book this tour. Our tour guide was Mike and he did a really nice job- he was full of knowledge and fun facts and was easy to listen to. We saw Mt Rainier, black tailed deer, Elk, a fat mountain sheep, waterfalls, and 800 year old majestic Douglas Fir trees. The tour exceed expectations!

Majestic Mt Rainier – a very special day

OrlandoMLB, September 6, 2019

This tour was the perfect way for the 2 of us to see Mt. Rainier. Michael, our guide was exceptional in so many ways. First, he clearly loves the area and continues to gather knowledge about the eco systems as well as the local history. He kept abreast of the ever changing weather and adjusted our itinerary to improve our chances of having amazing views and staying dry! He set up a high powered telescope so we got “close up” views of the glaciers.
We saw the glaciers, we saw amazing views, we walked to view a waterfall, we spent time in a rain forest (which was my favorite part).
The gourmet lunch was, in fact, gourmet! The salmon was very good, and we ate in a pristine picnic area sitting in the sun. Yep, a bit like paradise.
It was a long day, but well worth the time and the luxury of having a caring and informative guide made it a wonderful way to begin our stay in the Pacific North West.

Find the time to visit this park and see the glaciers, as they may not last as long as we think!

Mt Rainier small group excursion

Babychop, August 3, 2019

Michael is an excellent guide and was extremely informative. Visited on a dull and wet day but Michael with his knowledge worked the route so that we got to see extremely clear views of Mt Rainier, also making sure that we could enjoy our tasty lunch in the open avoiding the rain. A thoroughly enjoyable day from start to finish. Highly recommend.

Great Day at Mt. Rainier

Demian , August 3, 2019

It was a great visit to Mt. Rainier. The weather was unpredictable, but the guide was great and we were able to see Mt. Rainier in all its glory. It’s a long day so plan accordingly.

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