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Hiking Safety

No matter the length of your hike, being aware of risks can help make your hiking experience safe and enjoyable!

A bear grazes in a meadow near ropes that mark off the edge of a trail.
Wildlife Safety

The park is home to a diversity of animals, including potentially dangerous large mammals like black bears and mountain lions.

Ski tracks curve down a snowy mountain slope.
Winter Safety

Winter can show you a different side of the park, but it also involves extra safety considerations such as the risk of avalanches.

Dark clouds swirl around a mountain peak.

The weather can change quickly at Mount Rainier, from calm to stormy and back again. Check the weather to prepare for a safe visit.

A rock-filled river valley with Mount Rainier framed by forested hillsides in the distance.

Mount Rainier is an active volcano. Learn more about debris flows and other geologic hazards of this unusual environment.

Two climbers scale a deep snowy slope high above the surrounding mountain ranges.

Scaling the heights of Mount Rainier can be exciting as well as technically and physically demanding. Prepare for a safe climb.

Two hikers with hiking poles and backpacks follow other hikers up a snow-covered slope.
Spring Hiking Safety

It's easy to underestimate the hazards of spring hiking, when higher elevations are still covered in snow. Follow spring hiking safety tips.


Alerts & Conditions

Information about current conditions, temporary closures, and other advisories.

Check Current Conditions

Don't Be a Victim!

Each year, auto burglaries occur in this region at trailheads and parking areas both inside and outside the park. Many items are stolen from visitor's vehicles, including credit cards and personal identification, which often lead to cases of identity theft and other hardships for the victims. Park Rangers investigate and follow up these cases to the full extent of the law, however not all stolen property is recovered, and repairs to vehicles that have been burglarized may cost hundreds of dollars. The individuals responsible for these crimes have been successfully caught and convicted in the park, however, this type of crime can and will continue to occur.

To avoid becoming a victim of future car break-ins, visitors to Mount Rainier and surrounding areas should continue to take precautions by not leaving any valuables in their cars while in the park. Follow these simple guidelines:

  • Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle, even for a short time.
  • Do not leave bags, packs, or purses which look like they could contain valuables visible in your vehicle.
  • If you must store any personal items in the trunk of your car, do so before you arrive at your destination. You may be watched at the trailheads and parking lots.
  • Immediately report all suspicious activity you observe at or around parking lots or along roads to a park ranger.

Last updated: February 27, 2024

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