Gondola_SummerMt. Rainier Gondola


Take a scenic ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola over meadows of wildflowers to the summit of Crystal Mountain. Once you reach 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.  Soak 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.  Leashed dogs are welcome on the gondola and the hiking trails during the summer only!  We simply ask you to kindly pick up after them.  The gondola is wheelchair accessible and fun for all ages.

Please be advised there’s road construction on the Crystal Mountain Blvd, wait times average between 10-20 minutes so please plan accordingly.  There’s no construction on weekends however there will be short delays due to one-way traffic.

Summer Hours

wildflower-featureOpen Daily: June 27- September 20, 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.)

The gondola will close at 5:30 p.m. (last download 6:00 p.m.) Sept. 7-20, 2015
The gondola will be closed September 21st until the start of ski season.

2015 Summer Ticket Rates

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


Round-Trip Ticket Weekdays (Mon-Fri):
Valid for one round-trip ride on the gondola.
Adult (13-64) $22; Youth (4-12) $12
Child (0-3) Free – must be ticketed; Senior (65+) $17

Round-Trip Ticket Weekend & Holidays:
Valid for one round-trip ride on the gondola
Adult (13-64) $25; Youth (4-12) $15
Child (0-3) Free – must be ticketed; Senior (65+) $20

1-Day Unlimited Ticket:
Allows you to ride the gondola as many times as you like in a single day.  Non-transferable.
Adults (13-64) $40; Youth (4-12) $25
Child (0-3) Free – must be ticketed; Senior (65+) $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.
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.

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