About Your Visit

Weather & Roads

Our seven cabins are located near the Southwest (Paradise) entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, the only entrance which remains open year-round.

The best website for local weather forecasts is the Mount Rainier Recreational Forecast. There is usually snow at the higher elevations within the National Park between mid-November and June. The snowpack is typically thick enough for sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing by mid-December.

Ashford is at the 2000 foot level, so there is often snow at the cabins at some point between November and April, but it really varies from year to year. The roads are well-maintained in Ashford and we've never had a problem with guests getting to and from our cabins in the winter. If you plan to visit the National Park during the winter season (November to May), you will be required to carry chains. This requirement applies to all vehicles (including 4WD drive), regardless of tire type or weather conditions. Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford rents tire chains of all sizes.