Mount Rainier Lower Nisqually Glacier

The lower section of the Nisqually Glacier in Mount Rainier National Park is a great area for crevasse rescue and ice climbing training.

getting there

From SR-7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR-706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 19 miles to Paradise.


  • The best months for crevasse rescue training are late May through early July depending on the winter's snowfall and spring snow melt.
  • The best months for ice climbing training are August  through early October.

information for leaders

  • Please use this route/place for field trips only.
  • Climbing Permits are required for travel above 10,000 feet or onto glaciers.
  • A Special Use Permit is required for groups of 24 to a maximum of 60 people.
  • Contact Katherine Hollis, our Conservation and Responsible Recreation Manager, at for help obtaining the permits your group may need.
  • Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb, Intermediate Ice Climb
  • Length: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • 7,200 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 60
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 60
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

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