What’s the best route to Mount Rainier from Seattle?

I’m flying to Seattle for a business trip and have a few days to myself before the conferences start. I’m planning a day trip to Mount Rainier from Seattle—what’s the best way to get there?

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Answer provided by
Andrea Barrett
Answered on May 13, 2022
A day trip to Mount Rainier sounds like a great idea, and you’re sure to have a blast! There are a few different routes possible, but the quickest and the best route to Mount Rainier from Seattle is to take I-5 South out of Seattle to Exit 127 (SR 512). You’ll then head south on SR 7 to the town of Elbe, where the Nisqually Entrance (the most popular entrance for Mount Rainier) is less than 15 miles east on SR 706.
It’s about 60 miles from downtown Seattle to the summit of Mount Rainier and takes roughly two hours to drive there.
There are four main entrances to Mount Rainier National Park. The Nisqually Entrance is located on the park’s southwest corner, and the only entrance open year-round to vehicles.
The northwest Carbon River and Mowich Lake areas of the national park are quicker to get to from Seattle but offer fewer amenities. Both can be accessed from Seattle by jumping on SR 165 from Wilkeson. The two entrances on the east side of the park, White River and Stephens Canyon, are accessible from Seattle during warmer months but are covered in snow during the winter.
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