There are three basic types of information that you may be seeking.
1. General Information about Climbing Mt. Rainier
2. Route, Avalanche, Skiing, and Snow Conditions
3. Climbing Permits, Reservations, and the Climbing Fee
There are two ways you can get this information:
1) Reading this blog
2) Calling the Climbing Information Center
3) Visit the NPS.GOV
Please, Read this Blog First
If you don't find what you're looking for, please give us a call. We have found that most questions can be answered at your own leisure, 24/7, by using this blog.
Rangers are now working at the Climbing Information Center on the weekends. No one will answer the phone during the week. As of June 10, the CIC will be staffed 7 days per week. However, remember that ranger will be registering climbers while they are talking to you. The number is 360-569-6641.
Please exhaust the resources on the blog first before calling:
General Information about Climbing Mt. Rainier
We spent a bunch of time and put together 25-40 page compendiums of climbing information and advice. We are calling these 'route briefs'. Not exactly brief, but certainly comprehensive.
Please start here. Follow these links:
Camp Muir / Disappointment Cleaver Route Brief
Camp Schurman / Emmons-Winthrop Route Brief
Current Route, Avalanche, Skiing, and Snow Conditions
After you've looked at our route briefs, please read the conditions reports on this blog.
We are renewing efforts and placing a higher priority on providing routine blog posts on this blog throughout the season. We have spent a good deal of time updating the background mechanics of how the blog works. You can now subscribe to RSS feeds for this blog and it will come up in your news reader when a new conditions report is made.
Look to this blog first before calling!
You're likely to get just as good or better information here than from a ranger at the desk who's trying to juggle selling climbing passes, issuing permits, registering climbers, and giving resource protection information.
Climbing Permits, Reservations, and the Climbing Fee
This information changes from year to year, but stays the same, usually for each calendar year.
For permits, reservations, and information on the climbing fee, please choose the "permits and reservations" link to the right.
Thanks for being patient with us. We've updated many of our systems in the last 6 months. It will take us some time before everything is up and running smoothly.