The Wonderland Trail
Mountain bike enthusiasts are permitted to use the unpaved Westside Road for its entire length, including both the first three miles which are open to all vehicles, and the last ten miles which are open to hikers and cyclists (ending at Klapatche Point). Mountain bikers may also use the road behind the old campground in Longmire.
Due to the closure of Ipsut Creek Campgound to vehicles, bicycles are allowed to use the road from the Carbon River Entrance to the Campground. Bicycles are not allowed on any trail leading from the campground.
September and early October are generally excellent times to visit Mount Rainier National Park to enjoy fall colors and fewer visitors, although many facilities and services are discontinued or reduced in scope after Labor Day. With fewer motor vehicles on the roads and cooler weather, this is often the best time for bicyclers until the snow flies.
Biking equipment in or near the park is very limited. It would be wise to be equipped to make minor repairs on your own.
Mount Rainier National Park is not known for its fishing, so don't be disappointed if you fail to catch fish, or if the fish are small. Only experienced anglers do well and then only during limited times of the season.
Park waters are not stocked, but depend on natural reproduction to replenish the fish population. We encourage you to use barbless hooks and artificial lures and to release uninjured fish.
Most lakes are ice-free only July-October. Lakes and ponds, open mid-April through late October. Rivers, streams and beaver ponds, open late May/early June through late October. Please check the Washington State Fishing Regulations for exact dates and more detailed information.
The Ohanapecosh River and its tributaries are open to fly fishing only. The use of bait or other lures except artificial flies is not permitted.
Snowmobiles are permitted on the 12-mile section of unplowed road from the North Park Boundary on Highway 410 to the White River Campground. Be aware of avalanche danger and forecast.
Wilderness permits, required for all backcountry camping, and climbing registration cards are available at the north boundary arch on Highway 410 and the US Forest Service office in Enumclaw.