Adventuring & Eloping at Mt Rainier National Park

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about eloping or adventuring in and around the park. In the meantime here are a few of the questions we get asked most often.

Locations in and around Mt Rainier National Park

While not an exhaustive list, here are a few of our favorite general areas of the park with some more information.

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Paradise Area Trails

Group Size: 4-10
Hikes: Easy to Moderate
Time of Year: July – October (Open Year Round)

Paradise is perhaps the most iconic part of the park, offering incredible views of Mt Rainier, and the nearby Tatoosh range. The alpine meadows are what Paradise is famous for, and they do not disappoint. As an elopement location, we love it, but be prepared for occasionally crowded trails, a few steep but accessible hikes, and pushing a bit further down the trail if you want to leave the pavement and crowds behind. You truly can’t go wrong here, but don’t be fooled by it’s accessibility as group sizes larger than 10 can be extremely hard to accommodate on the busy trails.

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Sunrise Area

Group Size: 4-12
Hikes: Easy to Moderate
Time of Year: August – October

The Sunrise area of the Park offers a bit of contrast to the lush green meadows of Paradise. The area is far drier, and more rugged with steep drop offs, and tall dry grasses. The mountain views are just as amazing though. What really makes sunrise special is it’s seclusion, the area is significantly less visited than Paradise, while offering many of the same amenities, and a similar level of access. The area is a bit higher in elevation though, and as such is prone to harsher conditions, both hot and cold. Finally as the Sunrise name suggests, the area has truly amazing sunrises, and unfortunately the sunset view is blocked by the mountain for much of the year.

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Reflection Lake

Group Size: 4-6
Hikes: Easy
Time of Year: June – October

Reflection lake works as an amazing ceremony location for smaller groups. The reflection of the mountain in the calm waters of the lake are spectacular, and it’s ease of access is unparalleled. The location works great as a stop on the way to Paradise, and often pairs very nicely with the idea of finishing your elopement with a sunset hike leaving from Paradise.

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Lake Tipsoo

Group Size: 4-15
Hikes: Easy
Time of Year: July – October

Just on the edge of the national park, Lake Tipsoo offers a more distant, but equally stunning view of Mt Rainer and the surrounding area. The area is centered on a pair of alpine lakes and surrounding meadows with beautiful trails winding their way through the meadows and encircling the two lakes. Again this is a very accessible area, and it doesn’t take much to feel like you are miles into the wilderness. Lake Tipsoo also has the unique distinction of being half in the park and half outside of the park, so there are areas near the lake that are slightly more pet friendly than any other location on this list.

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Mowich Lake

Group Size: 4-10
Hikes: Moderate
Time of Year: August – October

One of the least visited areas of the park, Mowich Lake itself is a relatively large alpine lake situated in a steep bowl and surrounded by lush meadows. However, the true magic of Mowich Lake is the hike to Tolmie Peak, which at 7.5 miles round trip is no small task for a wedding day. Mowich works great as a spot in the park if views of Mt Rainier are not your primary concern, unless you are willing to set aside the time and energy to hike up to Tolmie Peak.

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Suntop Lookout

Group Size: 4-16
Hikes: Moderate
Time of Year: July – October

One of the most accessible and iconic fire lookout towers in Washington State. Suntop lookout sits just outside of the National Park, and as such is pet friendly. Access to the Lookout is relatively easy, but does require a 20ish minute walk up a typically gated access road. The views from the lookout are some of our favorite in the park, and the iconic lookout makes for an amazing backdrop for photos.