Permits and Passes

February 1, 2017 - There are some big changes this year with regards to climbing fees and solo permits.  Read below!!!

You must do two things before climbing Mount Rainier:

1.  Register for a Permit:
Federal law 36 CFR §7.5(b)(1) requires that all people traveling on glaciers or above 10,000' must register to climb Mount Rainier. Please make sure you go to a ranger station and register in-person with a ranger or follow all the directions and self-register at an open registration kiosk in the park (self-registration is only available in the winter months). This information enables us to perform a far more efficient search and rescue effort, should you require assistance.

Save time.  Download the registration / permit card and prefill it out.

No changes on this front in 2017.

2.  Pay the climbing fee:
The climbing fee is valid for the calendar year in which it was purchased.
  • Adult Pass ($47 / person) for those 25 and older.
  • Youth Pass ($34 / person) for those 24 and younger.
We encourage you to pay for the fee before you come to Mt. Rainier, but you can pay when you arrive to obtain your permit.  Follow this link to Pay.Gov to pay the climbing fee.

** Changes for the 2017 season **
  • We will no longer be issuing physical climbing passes.
  • Use to pay the climbing cost recovery fee.
  • Your receipt (keep it / print or save it on your device / show it) will suffice as your climbing pass.
  • We will provide payment stations at the CIC, the WR-WIC, and in Longmire.
  • We encourage you to pay for your pass before you get to the park.
  • We will also provide some limited public wifi (site-restricted) to pay on your own device.

The ranger stations at which you can complete these steps are (click links to see hours):
- Longmire Wilderness Information Center
- Paradise Jackson Visitor Center
- Carbon River Ranger Station
- White River Ranger Station

Climbers can also self-register* during the off-season (Labor Day through Memorial Day) at:
- Paradise Old Ranger Station (inside the grey plywood porch door by the smaller flag pole)
- White River Ranger Station Porch
*Self-Registration is an "easy" four step process. It is outlined in detail on the self-registration box. Here's the gist of the self-registration process:

Step 1.) Fill out a blank climber's registration card completely (there's a back side!).  
Step 2.) Cut the registration card on the vertical line (with the scissors!) and take the smaller piece with you, but put the large section with your address and emergency contact info in the wooden box.
Step 3.) Fill out a small fee envelope to purchase a climbing pass: put cash, check, or card information on it, and put it in the heavy metal box inside the metal post nearby.
Step 4.) Take blue bags, maps, and bearing sheets as needed - all are stocked in the kiosk.