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Mt. Rainier Gondola


Take a scenic ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola over meadows of wildflowers, and climb over 2,000 vertical feet to the summit of Crystal Mountain. At the top you’ll find an unparalleled view of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range, as well as the Summit House – the highest elevation restaurant in Washington State!  Step off the gondola and stay as long as you like.

FBX Summer 4Soak in the views from one of the slingback chairs situated along the ridge.  You’ll also find access to miles of hiking trails and the Summit Gift Shop, located under the gondola station.  Interpretive ranger walks are also offered on select days; learn about the local history, geology, wildlife and more.  Picnic tables can be found along the ridge but please don’t feed the wildlife (yes that includes chipmunks and squirrels).  Leashed dogs are welcome on the gondola and the hiking trails during the summer only.  The gondola is wheelchair accessible and fun for all ages.  Each gondola cabin seats up to 8 people and the ride is 12 minutes each way.

Summer Gondola Hours

2015 Late-Summer Season
Open Daily September 7-September 20, 2015
Mon. to Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last scenic download 5:00 p.m.)
Sat. & Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last scenic download 6:00 p.m.)

2015 Summer Season
Open Daily June 27-September 6, 2015
Sun. to Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last download 6:00 p.m.)
Fri. & Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (last download 8:00 p.m.)

2015 Spring Season
Open Sat & Sun Only Starting Memorial Day Weekend
Weekends Only: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last download 5:30 p.m.)

Summer Ticket Rates

Reservations are not needed to ride the gondola, come anytime but check the weather report page to confirm operations before coming.  The gondola may close unexpectedly due to severe weather.

Scenic Gondola Tickets (Summer)Mon - FriSat, Sun & HolidaysUnlimited
Adult (13-64)$22$25$40
Youth (4-12)$12
Child (0-3)FreeFreeFree
Senior (65+)$17$20$30

Download Only Ticket:
Planning on hiking to the top and riding the gondola down?  Download tickets are available at the ticket window or Mountain Shop in the base area.  Everyone riding the gondola up or down must be ticketed.
Adults (13-64) $12
Youth (4-12) $7
Child (0-3) Free – must be ticketed
Senior (65+) $10

CM_Summer ViewGroups Save $3 Per Ticket Midweek, Non-Holidays

If you have 15 or more people in your group, please call (360) 663-3015 at least 3 days prior to your visit to arrange for group tickets or email a Group Sales Coordinator for more information. No group discounts on weekends or holidays.

Winter 2015/16 Season Pass Holders
Pass holders receive 2 free adult or senior round-tip gondola tickets.  Tickets cannot be resold.  Pass holders also receive a 50% discount anytime on midweek round-trip tickets if you wish to come back for another visit.  Discount valid for pass holder only.  Discounts not valid towards multi-ride tickets.  Discount also not valid on weekends.

Military Discount
Military saves $5 per ticket midweek, with valid Military or Department of Defense ID. Discounts not valid towards multi-ride tickets.  Discount also not valid on weekends.

Summit House Restaurant

Washington’s highest elevation restaurant is located just steps from the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola. Enjoy fresh Northwest cuisine in a casual environment.  Learn More