Time for our fourth annual camping trip at Mt. Rainier! This trip is once again hosted by the Seattle Church of Christ. We welcome brothers, sisters and friends from all over the NW and beyond.
Registration is through eventbrite: https://
Mt. Rainier is tallest (14,411′) mountain in Washington and one of the 3 national parks in our state. The mountain offers spectacular views and lots of trails and sights to see.
Staying at Cougar Rock Sites F002 (40), F004 (25) and F005 (25), yes that means room for 90! (people not cars)
– Meals included $40
– No meals: $20
The sites are in the back ‘Group’ section. Only F002 is booked sunday night for those staying an extra day.
Lodging is available
Paradise Inn and National Park Inn (Longmire) are in the park and are very nice lodges per night rates start at ~$120. There are other lodging places nearby outside the park.
Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, outdoors clothes, rain gear, hiking boots, water bottle
Extra gear if doing camp muir
Camp Muir: 10 mile round trip (RT)
Van Trump Park: 6 mile RT
Paradise Loop: 6 mile
Bench and Snow Lakes: 2.5 mile RT
Grove of the Patriarchs: 1.3 mile (NEW for 2016!)
Fire , Fellowship and Food
Various Hikes (included sack lunches)
Evening devotional followed by small group prayers
Sunday Service 10am
Clear out of sites F4 and F5
Other hikes or un-organized activities
Eat leftovers, clean up, meander home
point your GPS towards Paradise WA or exactly to 46.76450, -121.79900 (46°46’2″N, 121°47’40″W) to the campsite.
When coming from Seattle, BC, Portland, Tacoma pass Ashford WA stay on the main road into the park, Cougar Rock is about 30 minutes in on the left right after you pass Longmire.
If coming from Spokane, Idaho, montana make sure you take stevens canyon road, you’ll pass under the Paradise loop on the way to cougar rock CG.
$25 per CAR to get in the park
We have very limited parking at each campground if the spots are full please drop you stuff off and park your car in the picnic area on the other side of the main road from the campground entrance. Single occupant vehicles please park there
–Camp Muir Hike–
Hike up to Mt. Rainiers most popular mountaineering base camp ‘Camp Muir’. This hike involves 4500 feet of elevation gain ending at 10,000 feet above sea level. On the way back enjoy glasading down the snow in long troughs made by prior hikers. At least half of the sojourn is on the muir permanent snow field. Be at the Paradise parking lot at 10am ready for a full day in Gods great country.
Required gear: a camelback or large water bottle(s), snack food, hiking boots that can handle the snow, sunglasses, sunblock, and warm clothes for the top.
Optional gear: gaiters, GPS, Skiis/snowboard, hiking poles, sled, garbage bag to slide on, Mountaineering boots, crampons, yak traks, ice axe, treking poles, water filter, sled, skies, snowboard
This is a challenging hike and requires good fitness and health. Elevation can cause challenges even for athletic people. Getting up is optional getting down is NOT. Do not underestimate the effect of the elevation, do not overestimate your abilites.
—Van Trump Park—
6 miles round trip with 2150′ elevation gain this stays lower (max elevation 5850′) but opens up to some great views with less crowds than the Paradise area. It is also a bit longer and more of a climb than the Paradise loop hike.
—The Paradise Hike—
This loop trail takes you around the amazing paradise meadows area. Follow the skyline trail for a total of 5.4 miles and 1700 feet elevation gain topping out at Panorama Point at 7,100 feet. If the snow is cleared you may be lucky enough to see the long flowing flowering meadows and pristine garden like beauty of paradise. Also DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS… no matter how cute they are…
—Bench and Snow Lakes trail—
2.5 miles and mostly flat. The trail passes bench lake on the way to snow lake. Bring a swimsuit if you want to cool off.
—Grove of the Patriarchs—
1.3 mile nature walk down by Opanacosh CG. See some really big trees without worrying about breaking a sweat.
Alcohol: We will have a dry campground to be sensitive to people’s needs. There are restaurants/cafes on the mountain just keep it out of our sites;)
Showers: sorry no showers at this site, some lakes can be jumped into for some refreshment…
Phones: Cell reception is non-existent, there is a
payphone by the campground entrance
Cooking Equipment: Yes you can use the cookling equipment, plates, etc… so long as it doesn’t interfere with the main (paid) meal preparation