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  • Location:Seattle, Washington
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Mt Rainier Small-Group Walking or Snowshoeing Tour with Lunch

Admire close-up views of Mt Rainier’s snow capped peak, one of Seattle’s most iconic sights, on this full-day nature tour. See glaciers, waterfalls and wildlife in Mt Rainier National Park with a naturalist guide, and get a vivid sense of the mountain’s beauty while walking or snowshoeing, depending on the season. This small-group day trip limited to 10 people includes French-pressed coffee, pastries, light snacks, a picnic-style lunch with wine and downtown Seattle hotel transport by luxury vehicle.


  • Mt Rainier day trip from Seattle
  • Take a naturalist-led walk or snowshoe trek in Mt Rainier National Park
  • Spot birds, elk, marmots and other wildlife as you explore wilderness trails
  • Enjoy French-pressed Seattle coffee with pastries and snacks
  • Feast on a picnic-style lunch of organic fare with wine and Pellegrino
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included (downtown Seattle hotels only)
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people provides a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This small-group tour offers ample opportunities for adventure, exploration and learning as you discover an ancient forest ecosystem surrounding the icy volcano of Mt Rainier.

What You Can Expect

Mt Rainier Small-Group Walking or Snowshoeing Tour with Lunch

Enjoy views of Mt Rainier on a small-group hiking or snowshoeing tour from Seattle.

Set between the jagged Olympic Mountains and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range, Mt Rainier — an active volcano encased in snow and ice — is the tallest peak of them all, standing 14,410 feet (4,392 meters) above sea level.

After your downtown Seattle hotel pickup, you’re driven about two hours to Mt Rainier by Mercedes minivan or luxury SUV. Admire the surrounding old-growth forest, lakes, waterfalls and stunning wildflower meadows, and enjoy French-pressed Seattle coffee and pastries before setting out on your walk.

Depending on the season, your naturalist guide leads your group on a short walk (mid-May to September) or a snowshoe trek (October to mid-May) along the Nisqually Vista Trail, or possibly something a little more challenging if your group is up for it. Binoculars are provided to help you spot birds and wildlife like marmots, elk, deer, fox and maybe even the coyotes and black bears that roam the mountainside. Throughout the day, you'll make plenty of stops for photo ops and provided light snacks.

Your full-day Mt Rainier tour includes a family-style picnic lunch of locally sourced, organic food, accompanied by regional wine; if the weather isn't suitable for outdoor dining, you'll eat inside the visitor center.

After the 2-hour drive back to Seattle, your tour ends with downtown Seattle hotel drop-off.

Picnic lunch sample menu:
  • Meat, such as grilled salmon or chicken, a sandwich or a wrap (vegetarian option available)
  • Grain salad, such as quinoa with roasted vegetables
  • Green salad
  • Local wine, Pellegrino mineral water and soda

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved our guide, Rachel. She was very informative and extremely friendly. The lunch was fantastic and the snacks were yummy. Thanks for a great tour!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!! From the pickup arrangements at the hotel to the drop-off on return, Justin, our guide, made the day one of the best I have ever had. The first hike, on an UNCROWDED trail through a sub-alpine meadow filled with the most beautiful wildflowers you have ever seen was spectacular. We had a group of only 6 so we could stop if we wanted to take pictures or stick our feet in the cool water of the alpine lake we passed along the way, or press on towards the summit of the small peak we were on where the views of the summit of Mt. Rainier were amazing. It was a warm day, so not much wildlife were stirring, but the views and the flowers made up for it. We then had a delicious, gourmet, HEALTHY lunch by the White River, and then a short afternoon hike along another trail higher up with even more amazing views on the mountain, followed by a short walk through an uncut, old growth, forest at the base before our relaxing ride back to Seattle. Justin was so knowledgeable and friendly, it was like having your best friend showing your around his favorite place. Go if you want to experience NATURE at Mt. Rainier instead of crowds.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Although the weather did not permit us to see the full grandeur of Mt. Rainier, my family enjoyed every minute of the trip. Our guide, Danny, was exceptional. Our children, ages 7 and 9, fondly remember the hiking and "making a mini snowman", the best part of the trip!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

It was a nice introduction to Mt Rainer

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Had a really good time. Mini-van came about 10 mins late. We were on our way immediately after picking up 2 more passengers. So there were 5 people in my group. We stopped by for morning break with zucchini bread and drinks. Then went to a view point 10 mins walk. Back to visitor centre before having a healthy lunch of quinoa and salad at the tables outside. Weather was beautiful so the view was breathtaking!. Then we went for a longer hike - about 2hours. and i think it was 2 miles. As the catering company forgot to pack dessert we stopped by for some huckleberry ice-cream which was worth every bit of it. Arrived in hotel at 6pm. Guide was initially very quiet but he livened up as he began to know us. He explained a fair amount. Really enjoyed it. I took the trip as it was 30 off but am not sure if i would have taken it if it was as its full price. Recommend if for solo travellers who doesn't have time to read through which trails / roads to utilise. This was an easy, quick way for a brilliant day out - just get in the van and everything is sorted out for you. For larger groups. maybe better value to rent a car.

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