Scenic Gondola Rides


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.  Weather can change quickly and the gondola can close early or without notice when it’s windy or stormy.



Winter 2018-2019Scenic Rates
Adult (18-69)$25
Youth (5-17)$15
Child (0-4) FREE*
Senior (70+)$18

*Child tickets are free with a paying adult.  Children must be ticketed.

Winter Hours

(Summer Schedule Varies  LEARN MORE)

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

Dogs are not allowed during the winter. Friendly dogs are welcome to ride the Mt. Rainier Gondola during the summer hiking season only (typically mid-June through mid-September).

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