Have you ever snowmobiled before? If not, now is the time. The Mt. Rainier area offers a lot of options for snowmobiling. If you’re interested in snowmobiling, take a look at the information below.
Sno-Parks and Snowmobiles
Washington State Parks and Recreation maintains a number of Sno-Parks around Mt. Rainier National Park for parking vehicles for winter recreation, for both motorized and non-motorized use. They are solely supported by user fees. Permits are available at various retail locations around the state, or by mail from Washington State Parks, Winter Recreation Program, PO Box 42662, Olympia, WA 98504-2662. After November 15, they are also available online. Directions to snowmobile Sno-Parks and trail reports can be found on the WA state parks website. Additional information can be obtained by phone.
There are three Sno-Parks located in the Elbe/Ashford area. Information on these Sno-parks may be obtained by calling Mt. Tahoma Trails Association at (360) 569-2451. Numerous Sno-Parks are located along SR 410, northwest of Naches and on Us 12, west of Naches, both for motorized and non-motorized use. Information may be obtained by visiting the Naches Ranger District website, or by calling them at (509) 653-1400.
Near Ashford, the Catt Creek Road is accessible for snowplay activities. Turn right off Hwy 706 on Kernahan Rd (also known as Skate Creek Road), located 2.6 miles from Visitor Center in Ashford. Continue about 1.4 miles and then turn right on Osborne Road, followed by an immediate left onto the #85 road. The road is paved for 6 miles. Park at the green gate. Another popular area can be accessed from the #59 Road on the North side of Hwy 706 near Copper Creek. The road is not plowed so use caution and carry chains.
In the White River area, 25 miles east of Enumclaw, the Suntop Sno-Park is a non-groomed area for all non-motorized users. Pyramid Creek is available for motorized recreational vehicles.
Mount Rainier National Park and Snowmobiles
Snowmobiling is allowed in the southwest corner of the park along a 6.5-mile stretch of the West Side Road as far as Round Pass. It is also permitted on the road loops of Cougar Rock Campground.
Snowmobiles are permitted on the 12-mile section of unplowed road from the North Park Boundary on Highway 410 to the White River Campground.
Snowmobiles may not continue on Hwy 410 south of the White River Road turnoff. In the southeast corner of the park, snowmobiling is allowed on the Stevens Canyon Road from the Stevens Canyon Entrance to the road tunnel at Box Canyon.
Visit the Mt. Rainier National Park website for more information.