Mt. Rainier Gondola

Taking you to New Heights with the Best View of Mt. Rainier


Enjoy a scenic ride on the 8-passenger Mt. Rainier Gondola!  Watch from above as skiers and snowboarders fly down the mountain below you.  Pass by tall Evergreen trees and get a birds eye view of the surrounding mountain peaks covered in snow.

You’ll travel almost 2,500 vertical feet to the summit where you will find breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range.  You’ll also be just a few short steps away from the Summit House, Washington’s highest elevation restaurant.

Foot-passengers (non-skiers) are welcome to ride the gondola anytime during the winter.  Skiers and snowboarders are fascinating creatures and don’t be surprised if you get to sit next to one on the ride up!  Look like fun?  Give skiing or snowboarding a try!  We have everything you’ll need for your first day on the slopes.

Remember to check the current conditions before planning your gondola ride on our mountain report page.

2016-17 Winter Gondola Rates

Scenic Gondola Tickets Winter Rates
Adult (16-69)$22
Youth (11-15)$17
Child (0-10)$5
Senior (70+)$17

Group rates are available for groups of 15+ with 3 days notice.  Contact Group Sales for more information or to schedule a group outing (360) 663-3015

Winter Hours

Regular Season Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (last download 4:00 p.m.)
Operations are weather permitting and can change without notice.

Check the status on the Mountain Report before heading up.  Weather changes quickly and the gondola can close early or without notice when it’s windy or stormy.

Dogs are welcome to ride the Mt. Rainier Gondola during the summer hiking season only (typically mid-June through mid-September).  Spring/Summer Schedule

Gondola Facts

  • Base elevation: 4,400 feet
  • Top elevation: 6,856 feet
  • Vertical rise: 2,456 feet
  • Approx Trip Time: 9min 39 sec (one-way)
  • 13 Towers
  • 24 8-passenger cabins, with option to add another 12
  • Uphill capacity; 600 people per hour, 900 after additional cabins are added
  • Cabin interval: 53 seconds, 32 seconds after additional cabins are added
  • Speed: 800ft/min.
  • Cost: $8 million
  • Opened: January 1, 2011