Reopening December 6th for Scenic Gondola Rides 10am - 4pm

Washington's Only Gondola

Unparalleled view of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range
A Ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola will take you over 2,400 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.


Gondola Facts

  • Base elevation: 4,400 feet
  • Top elevation: 6,856 feet
  • Vertical rise: 2,456 feet
  • Approx Trip Time: 9 min 39 sec (one-way)
  • 13 Towers
  • Speed: 800 ft/min.
  • Cost: $8 million
  • Opened: January 1, 2011
    • No Skis? NO PROBLEM. WALK-ON PASSENGERS WELCOME

      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.

      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!

      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 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.

      *Dogs are not allowed during the winter.
      *Proper footwear and warm winter outerwear recommended for Scenic Riders.

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    • Access to boundless hiking, the best views, and Dining

      Take a scenic ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola over meadows of wildflowers, and climb over 2,400 vertical feet to the summit of Crystal Mountain.

      Soak in the views from one of the slingback chairs situated along the ridge or dine at the Summit House - Washington's Highest Restaurant.

      There's just so much to do at 6872':
      Miles of Hiking trails
      Summit Gift Shop
      Disc Golf
      Mountain Yoga
      Interpretive Walks

      *Mt. Rainier Gondola is wheelchair accessible and fun for all ages.
      *Leashed dogs are welcome on the gondola and the hiking trails during the summer only.



      Summer Hours
      CLOSED FOR THE SEASON, COME VISIT US NEXT SUMMER.
    • Winter Gondola Tickets*Monday-FridaySaturday-Sunday or Holiday
      Adult (23-69)$25$29
      Youth (13-22)$20$24
      Child (5-12)$17$19
      Tot (0-4)FREEFREE
      Senior (70+)$17$19
      *Rates listed do not include 7.9% sales tax.

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

      Prices reflected above are at window ticket prices.
    Summit House Winter Exterior Summit House Winter Exterior

    Unforgettable Dining Experience

    The Summit House Restaurant is a pairing of breathtaking views, unbelievable terrain, and perfect Northwest Cuisine. Check us out during the Winter for that much-deserved lunch break or take a scenic Gondola ride and enjoy the Highest Dining Experience in Washington State.

    OPENING NOVEMBER 29TH - DECEMBER 1ST
    Dine at 6872'

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