summer-11-5299-1-Mt. 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.

Spring & Summer Hours

Weekends Only
May 23-25, 30-31, June 6-7, 13-14 & 20-21, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last download 5:30 p.m.)
The gondola will open at 9 a.m. on Father’s Day, June 21st, for our special Father’s Day Brunch

Open Daily
June 27- September 20, 2015
Sun. to Thur. 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 closes daily at 5:30 p.m. (last download 6:00 p.m.) from September 7-20, 2015. Closing September 20 until ski season.

2015 Spring & Summer Ticket Rates

wildflower-featureReservations are not needed to ride the gondola, come anytime but check the weather page to confirm operations before coming!

Round-Trip Ride Weekdays (Mon-Fri):

Adults (13-64) $22
Youth (4-12) $12
Child (0-3) Free – must be ticketed
Senior (65+) $17

Round-Trip Ride Weekend & Holidays:
Adults (13-64) $25
Youth (4-12) $15
Child (0-3) Free – must be ticketed
Senior (65+) $20

1-Day Unlimited Ticket (available daily):
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

Groups 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 weekend group discounts available.

Winter 2015/16 Season Pass holders receive 2 free adult or senior round-tip gondola tickets for the same day.  Tickets cannot be resold.  Pass holders also receive a 50% discount on midweek round-trip tickets if you wish to come back for another visit.  Discount valid for pass holder only.  Military saves $5 per ticket midweek, with valid Military or Department of Defense ID. Groups with 15 or more people save $3 per ticket midweek (see below).  Discounts not valid towards multi-ride tickets.

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 where the food rivals the views.  Learn More

Summit House InteriorGondola & Summit House Wheelchair Accessibility
The gondola can carry wheelchairs and the viewing platform at the top of the gondola is wonderful for viewing Mt. Rainier. The top path from the viewing platform is paved so wheelchairs can be pushed up the path, but it is a downhill slope back to the viewing platform. The Summit House can accommodate wheelchairs with access from the patio.

Restrooms are on the lower level of the Summit House, so to access them you must exit the building and go down a grated stairway and then re-enter the lower level. The restrooms are small and do not have handicapped stalls and it may not be possible to maneuver wheelchairs around the corners in the narrow areas. Able-bodied assistance would be needed. It will be a few years before we can get approvals to remodel the Summit House. We suggest using the restrooms at the base are before going up the gondola.