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!
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.
2019 Summer Gondola Schedule
Early-Summer Season (Open Select Days)
May 24-27, May 31-June 2, June 7-9, June 14-16
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Friday-Sunday & May 27) – last download 5:30 p.m.
Peak-Summer Season (Open Daily)
June 21-September 1, 2019
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday) – last download 5:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Friday-Saturday & Sept. 1) – last download 8:30 p.m.
Late-Summer Season (Open Daily)
September 2-September 15, 2019
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.- last download 5:30 p.m.
2019 Ticket Rates
|Gondola Tickets||Sat, Sun & Holiday||Mon-Fri|
|Tots 4 & Under||Free||Free|
Must be purchased with an adult unlimited ticket.
Rates listed do not include 7.9% sales tax.
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.
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 starting July 6th. Everyone riding the gondola must be ticketed. Download tickets are $12.
Groups Save $2 Per Ticket Monday-Friday (Non-Holiday)
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. Group lunch opportunities are available with 10+ days notice.
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
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