Space still available on Friday, August 6th Olympic National Park Full-Day Tour from Seattle!

Private Ultimate Mt. Rainier: Helicopter & Hiking Tour from Seattle

195 Reviews
From $499 | Guest

Book Private Tour

Free Cancellation: Up to 7 Days in advance.

7.5 Hours
7:30am-3:00pm
1:15pm-8:45pm
6 Guests Max 35-Minute Helicopter Flight Gourmet Lunch Included

Tour Overview

This full-day tour is the only one way to see the most of Mt. Rainier in a single day: combine an epic helicopter flight across this rugged landscape with a guided alpine hike.  Take the most “scenic route” possible on a 35-minute flight between Seattle and Mt. Rainier.  On the ground at Mt. Rainier, your naturalist guide will walk you through alpine terrain that you glimpsed from the air.  Enjoy a delicious catered picnic lunch before returning to Seattle.  Put this trip of a lifetime on your bucket list!

Tour Highlights

  • 35-minute flight between Seattle & Mt. Rainier, flying by Snoqualmie Falls, the Cascade foothills, and Mt. Rainier’s surrounding wilderness
  • Stroll through stunning sub-alpine terrain above 6,000’, coming face-to-face with Mt. Rainier’s largest glaciers.
  • Boutique excursion limited to 6 guests.*
  • Take incredible bird’s-eye view photos of the wild landscape below you.
  • A delicious picnic lunch surrounded by nature awaits you. 

Join the only tour company to offer this exclusive combo experience

Itinerary Details

Scenic Helicopter Flight

Board a 6-passenger Airbus H130 for an unforgettable flight between Seattle and Mt. Rainier.  Fly over downtown Seattle and through the Cascade foothills.  You’ll make a close flyby of our most famous waterfall—Snoqualmie Falls—that plunges 268’ and throws up a huge cloud of mist. 

Close to Mt. Rainier, you’ll soar over rugged wilderness carved by glacier-fed rivers from the mountain.  While Mt. Rainier National Park gets about 2-million visitors per year, you’ll be among a just a handful of people to take in this stunning landscape from the air

Guided Alpine Hiking Experience

On the ground with your naturalist guide, you’ll walk through sub-alpine meadows above 6,000’ where the dense fir tree forests give way to wide open sweeping vistas of snow-covered peaks, glaciers and wildflower meadows in summer.  As you walk, you’ll learn how Mt. Rainier was formed by powerful forces that continue to shape the landscape.  Walk by a tranquil turquoise lake or a frigid river, and get to know a few of Mt. Rainier’s largest glaciers. 

The total length of the hike will depend on the group’s pace and energy level.  At a leisurely pace, the hike typically takes up to 2 hours at most, with many stops intermixed, allowing for gorgeous panoramic photos.  Our hiking route is designed to meet the needs of a general audience, and only a basic level of physical fitness is required.  If you have any questions or concerns about the hike or would like a ground tour without hiking, please get in touch with us. 

Delicious Wilderness Picnic

Your tour experience wouldn’t be complete without a delicious picnic lunch served by your guide.  Your guide will choose a spot in the forest or up in the sub-alpine terrain with views for miles.  Lunch is always accompanied by a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Private Ground Transport

Morning tour guests will be transported to Mt. Rainier in the morning via private ground transport and return to Seattle via helicopter.  Guests on our afternoon tour will arrive at Mt. Rainier via helicopter and return to Seattle via private ground transport.

What’s Included

  • Choose a morning or afternoon departure from Seattle
  • 35-minute one-way helicopter flight between Seattle & Mt. Rainier 
  • Delicious Gourmet Lunch with hot & cold beverages
  • 2-hour one-way ground transfer between Seattle & Mt. Rainier
  • Mt. Rainier National Park guided hiking experience
  • Bottled water
  • Use of adjustable trekking poles and binoculars for wildlife spotting

Not Included

Gratuity (not required but always appreciated for good service-typically 10-15% of your tour price)

Departure & Return

Morning and afternoon tours include all of the same components but in a different order.

Morning tour guests will be picked up from their Seattle hotel for the 2-hour drive to our hiking location in Mt. Rainier National Park.  After the hike and picnic, morning tour guests will be brought to the nearby helicopter landing spot for the flight back to Seattle, which ends at Boeing Field (King County Airport), 15-minutes south of downtown Seattle.  Transportation from Boeing Field back to downtown Seattle is not provided, but we can call a taxi to standby for you when you arrive.  Many guests choose to call an Uber/Lyft for the short drive back to their Seattle hotel after landing.  

If you have a personal car or rental vehicle, you may park your car for free at the take-off location at Boeing Field.  When you land after your tour, your vehicle will be there waiting for you.

Afternoon tour guests will begin their tour at Boeing Field for their scenic flight to Mt. Rainier.  Upon landing, you’ll meet your ground tour guide who will bring you on the hike and serve your picnic.  At the conclusion of your ground tour, your guide will drive you about 2 hours back to your Seattle hotel. 

If you have a personal car or rental vehicle, you may park your car for free at the take-off location at Boeing Field.  After the tour, your guide will drive you back to where your car is parked at Boeing Field. 

Know Before You Go

  • This tour includes a modest amount of walking and hiking on marked trails, over uneven surfaces as well as up and down hill.  The total number of miles hiked each day varies, but is typically not more than 3 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.
  • 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.
  • Participants must be a minimum of 10 years old to join this tour.  If you have children under 10 years old, we recommend booking a Private Tour.

Private Tours

This tour is only available as a Private Tour. We can accommodate up to 6 guests on a private tour in a single Airbus H130 helicopter.  

If necessary, we may be able to accommodate requests from private groups for a modified tour departure or return time and as well as requests for a special tour route and adjusted level of physical activity.  Contact us and we’d be happy to put together a customized proposal if you require one. 

If your group is larger than 6, please contact us to discuss the best option and customized pricing for your group.  This tour can accommodate up to 12 guests in a single day, but the group would be divided into 6 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon.

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation & refund policy?

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.

What’s the difference between the morning and afternoon tours?

The morning and afternoon tours include all of the same components but in a different order.

Morning tour guests will be picked up from their Seattle hotel for the 2-hour drive to our hiking location in Mt. Rainier National Park.  After the hike and picnic, morning tour guests will be brought to the nearby helicopter landing spot for the flight back to Seattle, which ends at Boeing Field, 15-minutes south of downtown Seattle.

Afternoon tour guests will begin their tour at Boeing Field for their scenic flight to Mt. Rainier.  Upon landing, you’ll meet your ground tour guide who will bring you on the hike and serve your picnic.  At the conclusion of your ground tour, your guide will drive you about 2 hours back to your Seattle hotel. 

What if there’s bad weather?

Helicopters require fair weather, light wind and good visibility in order to fly safely–especially in the mountains.  We place safety over all other considerations, so we will not operate this tour if potentially unsafe flying conditions present themselves.  If we anticipate poor weather on your day of travel, we will notify you as early as possible to try and avoid a last-minute cancellation.  You will be given the option to reschedule to another date if possible or select another tour on the same date if one is available.  If another date or tour is not possible, you will receive a full refund. 

As weather changes frequently and sometimes unpredictably in the Pacific Northwest, we cannot guarantee that this tour will not be canceled on the day of your tour.  We do our best to avoid same-day cancellations because it’s a bad experience for you and it costs us money.  Despite these two factors, we never compromise on safety.  Same-day cancellations due to weather are very infrequent, but they typically do happen a couple of times per year.

How much walking will we do?

This tour includes a modest amount of walking and hiking on marked trails, over uneven surfaces as well as up and down hill.  The total number of miles hiked each day varies, but is typically not more than 3 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.

Is it possible to book a round-trip helicopter flight to avoid the 2-hour one-way drive?

Yes, of course, and a portion of our guests elect to do so.  This is a significant upgrade and will incur additional expense.  If you’d like to arrange your tour this way, please contact us before making a booking to confirm pilot and aircraft availability and go over pricing with you. 

How long will we fly for?

Total flight duration depends on the wind, weather and on air traffic control considerations.  Our standard flight is generally not less than 30 minutes and or more than 40 minutes.  Average flight time is 35-minutes.

Is there a passenger weight limit in the helicopter?

Yes, there is a weight limit.  The individual passenger weight limit per seat is 300 lbs (136 kg).  Due to aircraft specifications, we will not be able to take you on this tour, but we can recommend our other Mt. Rainier tour.

Can we have more flight time in the helicopter?

Yes, extra flight time can be requested at additional cost.  If you’d like to arrange additional flight time on your tour, please let us know when you book and we’ll discuss the costs with you based on what you’d like to see.

Do you pick up from Sea-Tac airport area hotels?

Yes, pick-up from Sea-Tac area hotels for morning tours and drop-off at those hotels for afternoon tours.  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. 

I have an allergy / I’m a vegan / I’m a vegetarian, will you have 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, 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. 

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 is comfortable. If the sun goes behind a cloud and a wind picks up, it can feel very chilly.  Spring (through 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 6,000’, 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 colder than usual temperatures on your tour date, 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 over uneven ground on and provide ankle support.  If it has rained recently, the ground can be muddy so we advise shoes with good traction.

When are wildflowers in bloom?

While the wildflower bloom varies year-to-year and is dependent on a number of factors such as snow cover, rainfall, ambient sunlight and temperatures, we typically expect to see wildflowers from the end of June through the middle of August.  September and October put on a beautiful display of fall colors and is usually the nicest time of year overall.

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 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.  Early season tours will hike at lower elevations not covered in snow while later season tours in summer and fall will walk through areas at higher elevations. Abundant snow and massive glaciers are clearly visible over the entire upper half of the mountain throughout the year.

We’ll be on a cruise ship at Pier 66 or Pier 91.  Do you pick up private groups from the cruise terminals?

We can pick up private groups from the cruise terminal for our morning tour or drop off private groups at the cruise terminal for our afternoon tour.  Once you make a booking, we’ll discuss your group’s logistics with you. 

My group is staying in Bellevue or somewhere else on the East Side, can you pick us up here?

If your group requires pick-up or drop-off in Bellevue, please plan on reserving a Private Tour.  Otherwise, please plan to meet us in downtown Seattle. 

Will we see any wildlife?

Wildlife is, by definition, “wild,” and is on its own schedule beyond our control.  That said, in the summer and fall months we commonly see elk, mountain goats, marmots, and the occasional black bear.

Will we see any wildlife?

Wildlife is, by definition, “wild,” and is on its own schedule beyond our control.  That said, in the summer and fall months we commonly see elk, mountain goats, marmots, and the occasional black bear.

I live in Seattle, can I drive my car to the meeting spot?

Yes of course! If you have a personal car or rental vehicle, you may park your car for free at the helicopter’s location at Boeing Field (King County Airport).  If you’re on the morning tour, your guide will pick you up from where you’ve parked at Boeing Field and your car will be there when you land at the end of the tour.  If you’re on the afternoon tour, your guide will return you to your parked car at the end of the tour.  

What if I have another question?

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