Photo of red gondola cabin with Mt. Rainier in background

Mt. Rainier Gondola – Summer 2016



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.

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 guided 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.

2016 Summer Gondola Hours

Late-Summer Season
Open Daily September 5-September 18, 2016
Monday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last ride down is at 5:30 p.m.)

Peak-Summer Season
Open Daily June 24-September 4, 2016
Sunday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last ride down is at 6:00 p.m.)
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (last ride down is at 8:00 p.m.)
Open until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4th

Early-Summer Season
Weekends Only May 28-June 19, 2016 (Including Memorial Day)
Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last ride down is at 5:30 p.m.)

2016 Summer Ticket Rates

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

Summer Scenic Gondola Tickets Single Round-Trip Ride1-Day Unlimited
Adult (13-64)$22$33
Youth (4-12)$12
Child (0-3)FreeFree
Senior (65+)$17$33

Planning on hiking to the top and riding the gondola down? Download tickets are available at the ticket window or in Guest Services in the base area or at the Summit Gift Shop below the gondola. Everyone riding the gondola must be ticketed. Download tickets are $10.

Groups Save $2 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. You’ll also receive one complimentary ticket for the group coordinator. No group discounts on weekends or holidays.

Summer Group Rates & Information 2016

Military Discount
Military saves $2 per ticket midweek, with valid Military or Department of Defense ID. Discounts not valid towards multi-ride tickets. Discount 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