Route Information

Links in the sidebar to the right will take you to conditions on specific routes. Most condition reports and photos are posted by climbing rangers from our patrols on the mountain.  Some reports also come from visitors to the park. We welcome contributions, especially any info from routes that are rarely climbed.

Will there be ladders on the upper mountain?  Will there be fixed lines on the cleaver?  Does the route still go?  These are questions to which the answers can change twice per day.  We try hard to keep this site updated regularly, especially for the standard routes (DC, Emmons/Winthrop, Kautz Glacier), but there will be times where routes change faster than we can keep up with.  This is especially true for the more remote routes. Conditions can change rapidly on Rainier (for worse and for good) so climbers should always make their actual decisions based on observations made during their approach and climb.

The reports here are meant to provide climbers with current conditions on climbing routes and are not intended to be used as a climbing route guide. For more detailed information on climbing Mount Rainier check out a book such as Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide or the Cascade Alpine Guide Volume One, along with a number of other alpine guidebooks to the Cascade range. The route descriptions and general area information provided by a good guide book can be very valuable.