Camping at Mt. Ranier
Mar 21, 2017
Mt. Rainier is one of Washington State’s most notable landmarks. The Mount Rainier National Park is one of the most popular camping destinations in the state. Securing a campsite at the park can be difficult during peak seasons so knowing what is available and plenty of planning will help you to secure the site that fits your RV needs and make your trip easier.
There are several campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park, but only two camping spots accommodate RVs. This makes planning your RV camping trip to Mt. Rainier a bit more tricky.
Ohanapecosh Campground- Located in the southeast corner of the park next to the Stevens Canyon entrance. The campground is heavily wooded allowing for much privacy and the feeling that you are truly getting out into the wilderness. This is the largest camping spot in the park. Each site is spacious and there is direct access to the Ohanapecosh River and the Silver Falls Trail.The best camping spots of course are next to the river. Pets are allowed in the campground. If you are looking for group camp spots there are just a few. The open season for this campsite is shorter than others.
*cost:$20.00 per day/night and a National Park Pass is required
*only accommodates RVs up to 32 feet
*half of the sites are reservable half are first come first serve
Cougar Rock Campground- Cougar Rock is located between two of the most popular spots in Mt. Rainier National Park, Longmire and Paradise, and as such is the most popular camping destination in the park. The campground is only open for two months during the summer peak season. There are great views as the campground lies on the banks of the Nisqually River and through the trees you can see Point Success. Camp sites are close together compared to Ohanapecosh, but it also means you are just a short walk from the campground bathrooms and potable water. Cougar Rock also has five group camp sites large enough to fit about four to five families.
Campers can take advantage of direct access to the Wonderland Trail, a very popular Mt. Rainier hike. Another great hike accessible from the camp is to follow the Paradise River up to Narada Falls on the way you will pass two smaller water falls making it a very beautiful hike. Hike just over a mile past Narada Falls and you will be at Reflection Lakes.
*no RV hook ups available and limit of 35 foot RVs
*Cost: $20.00 and a National Park Pass
There are also a number of campsites along the edges of the Mt. Rainier National Park that allow you to be close to the beauty and hiking of the mountain. Most sites in and around the park are tent campsites, but there are some RV spots available and it is well worth the trip if you can get a spot to camp.