Sunday, May 07, 2017

Climbing Fee - FAQs

Do I need to pay the climbing cost recovery fee to climb Mount Rainier?
Yes. All persons climbing on glaciers, attempting a summit, or climbing above high camps (10,000 feet) are required by law to pay the Mount Rainier Climbing Cost Recovery Fee and register for their climb.
Do I need to pay the climbing fee to hike up to Camp Muir or Camp Schurman but no higher?
There is no need to pay the climbing fee to travel only as far as Camp Muir or Camp Schurman. If you are going for a day trip only, nothing additional is required. If you are staying out overnight, you still need a permit.  We waive the fee.  The permit you fill out is still the same as the climbing permit.  We ask for the added information beyond a regular wilderness permit for search and rescue and trip completion integrity.
If I pay the climbing fee, do I still need to register for my climb in person?
Yes. Your party is still required to register (obtain a cllimbing permit), in person, for your climb on the day your climb begins or the day prior to the climb at a ranger station.
How do I pay the climbing fee?
We highly encourage you to pay online through BEFORE you come to the park:  Follow this link: Pay.Gov - Mount Rainier Climbing Fee  A method to pay at time of registration is being developed, but is not available yet.

What methods of payment are accepted?
You will need a credit card to pay the climbing fee through Checks and cash are currently accepted at our self-registration kiosks, but we are not printing climbing passes any longer and you will not receive a climbing pass.  Please pay the climbing fee online so that you will get a receipt of payment.  That functions as your yearly climbing pass.

Where can I pay the climbing fee?
The climbing fee can only be paid  through Currently there is no cell or internet service in the park for the public, so you must pay the climbing fee BEFORE you come to the park. We are working to create an option to pay at time of registration but it is not available yet (as of May 7, 2017). Paying in advance also saves time during registration so the ranger can focus on talking with you about the actual climb instead of administrative requirements.
How much is the climbing fee?
The climbing fee is:
  • $47 dollars/person 25 years and older.
  • $32 dollars/person 24 years and younger.
If I pau the climbing fee, how long is it valid?
The climbing fee is good from the day purchased through December 31st of the year purchased.
How many climbs can I do in a calendar year once I have paid the fee?
You may register for an unlimited number of climbs within the calendar year.
Where does the money from the climbing fee go?
The funds generated from Mount Rainier Climbing Pass sales are used to run the Mount Rainier Climbing Program. Funds are used to:
  • Protect the mountain's delicate and unique alpine environment
  • Staff the mountain's high camps with climbing rangers
  • Staff ranger stations with climbing rangers and other personnel to assist climbers in registration
  • Maintain a clean and healthful upper mountain free of human waste
  • Fly human waste off the mountain from collection points and dispose of it properly
  • Provide rangers who can rapidly respond to incidents on the mountain
Do I need to show that I have paid the climbing fee when I register for a climb?
Yes, you will need to show your confirmation email you received from when you paid the fee. This serves as your receipt. Either print the email or save it so that you can show it to us on your device. Each climber must also have a valid photo I.D. at the time they register for their climb.
What if I show up to climb and I have forgotten my confirmation email/receipt?
If you have a valid photo ID, we can look you up in the system to see if you have paid. However, this slows down the registration process, so it is strongly recommended to bring your confirmation email/receipt with you.
Does every climber need to have valid photo I.D.?
Yes. A valid photo ID is required when showing us a receipt/confirmation email of paying the climbing fee. This allows us to confirm that you actually paid the fee.
Can I let my friends use my use my climbing fee confirmation/receipt?
No. The climbing fee is per person.
Is my Mount Rainier climbing fee valid anywhere else?
The climbing fee is good only at Mount Rainier.