Your full day incredible Mount Rainier helicopter flight and hiking combo tour is divided into three parts: 35+ minute helicopter flight, 4 hour ground tour with naturalist hike, and a catered meal. This tour is available for morning or afternoon departure. Both tours include all of the same incredible experiences.
In a 4-seater Robinson R44, you'll soar over the Mt. Rainier Wilderness, getting up close with peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and thundering rivers that would take days of strenuous hiking to reach from the ground. Between Mt. Rainier and Seattle, your pilot will even take you on a close flyby of Snoqualmie Falls and you'll glide over the Cascade foothills' lakes, rivers and dense forests. You'll enjoy incredible photography opportunities with a bird's eye view of all of this stunning scenery. On the clearest days, you'll also catch glimpses of Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and even Mt. Hood in Oregon--5 of the greatest Pacific Northwest Peaks in a day! As you fly along, your expert pilot will point out the sites and maneuver the helicopter to offer the best views.
Ground Tour & Naturalist Hike
Once on the ground at a secluded location surrounded by plunging valleys, your ground tour guide will take you to experience the best of the National Park that you won't get to see from the helicopter: walk through a towering old growth forest, gaze across wildflower fields that burst with color in the summer sun, and feel the cool spray of mist from crashing waterfalls.
You'll learn about the mountain's geologic history, diverse climate and stunning glaciology. On a moderate hike, you'll breath in the freshest mountain air and search for wildlife in the forest and sub-alpine slopes. Stopping frequently to marvel at the scenery around us, countless photography opportunities await you around each bend in the trail. Best of all, you'll share this experience with a tiny group of just up to 2 other guests.
Inclusive Catered Meal
We want you to eat well during your full day excursion with us. Your tour with us includes a delicious, beautifully catered meal in the midst of Mt. Rainier's natural splendor. Guests joining our morning tour will enjoy lunch in the Park before departing back to Seattle via helicopter. Guests arriving via helicopter in the afternoon will be treated to a full afternoon tea and canaps before returning to Seattle via private ground transport.
- Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Hotel pickup Available
- Instant Confirmation
- Lowest Price Guaranteed
- Duration: 7 Hrs 30 Mins
Departure Time :
Morning Tour: 7:30am, Pick-ups at downtown Seattle hotels begin at approximately 7:30am. Actual pick-up time may slightly vary if multiple pick-ups are required. The local supplier will contact yo.. read more
Departure Details :
Morning Tours Only , Downtown Seattle hotel pick-up is provided for hotels located within the following area: South of Mercer St. West of the I-5 freeway North of Safeco Field East of Pike Pl.. read more
Return Details :
Morning Tours OnlyYour tour will conclude at Boeing Field. Boeing Field is approximately 10 minutes' drive south of downtown Seattle. If you require assistance to arrange ground transportation fro.. read more
Cancellation Policy : Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund
For the ultimate Mt. Rainier tour experience, look no further this exclusive helicopter flight and hiking tour combination experience. With 369 square miles of rugged mountainous terrain and Washington's highest peak at its core, this incredible helicopter flight and ground tour combined together is the only way to see the most of Mt. Rainier in a single day. Your tour includes a 35-minute flight between Seattle's Boeing Field and Mt. Rainier National Park, a flyby of Snoqualmie Falls, a 4-hour hiking and driving tour on the ground through the National Park itself, and gourmet food. This is a boutique experience, and is limited to just up to 6 guests per tour.
Know More about this tour
- Boutique Tour
This tour is limited to a maximum of 6 guests per departure. There is no more boutique Mt. Rainier tour experience available.
35+ Minute Flight
You will fly approximately 35 minutes between Boeing Field and Mt. Rainier. Flight' are routed to do a flyby of Snoqualmie Falls, the Cascade foothills, and the Mt. Rainier wilderness.
4 Hour Private Ground Tour
4 hour ground tour and naturalist hike of Mt. Rainier National Park.
Catered Lunch or Afternoon Tea
Morning tour guests will enjoy a delicious lunch in the park before returning to Seattle. Afternoon tour guests will be served a full afternoon tea with canaps before returning to Seattle.
Private Ground Transport
Morning tour guests will be transported to Mt. Rainier National Park in the morning via private vehicle and return to Seattle via helicopter. Guests on our afternoon tour will arrive in Mt. Rainier National Park via helicopter and return to Seattle via private vehicle.
Incredible photography opportunities await with with bird's eye views of Mt. Rainier, Snoqualmie Falls, and the Cascades. Your photography journey continues during the 4 hour ground tour.
- All Tours
- Gratuities for pilot and guide (recommended)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Additional food/drink not listed in tour description
- Morning Tour
- At the conclusion of your tour, after the helicopter lands at Boeing Field, transportation from Boeing Field to downtown Seattle (the drive is approximately 15 minutes) is not provided. Most guests elect to call an Uber/Lyft. A taxi can be called if requested ahead of time.
- Afternoon Tour
- At the beginning of your tour, for the helicopter take-off from Boeing Field, transportation from downtown Seattle to Boeing Field (the drive is approximately 15 minutes) is not provided. Most guests elect to call an Uber/Lyft. A taxi can be called if requested ahead of time.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 240 lbs (109 kg). will be required to purchase an additional seat.
Minimum numbers apply
There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet minimum group size requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative travel date or full refund. Each day, this tour operates with a maximum possible total of 12 seats (6 on the morning tour and 6 on the afternoon tour). This tour requires a minimum of 6 paid seats confirmed at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of travel in order to operate. If your group has less than 6 passengers and you would like to guarantee tour departure, we recommend considering a private tour (also available on Viator).
Subject to favorable weather conditions
The supplier reserves the right to cancel the tour or make modifications to the tour itinerary due to road closures, hazardous driving conditions, hazardous flying conditions, unforeseen mechanical concerns occurring to vehicles or aircraft or other factors beyond its control that could make completing the tour hazardous or impossible.
The supplier also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to insufficient sign-ups on the day of travel. This tour requires a minimum total of 6 paid seats on the day of travel, including both the morning and afternoon time slots combined.
This tour is highly dependent on good weather and good visibility, not just in and around Seattle, but also in and around Mt. Rainier. Weather in this area is constantly changing and beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel the tour up to and including the day of travel due to poor weather, poor visibility, or other unforeseen factors (see above).
In the event that the supplier cancels the tour before it has begun, guests will be given the option to receive a full refund, reschedule the tour to another date, subject to availability, or select an alternative tour destination/route on the same day of travel, if one can be mutually agreed upon.
Morning Tour guests who have begun their tour and completed the ground portion of the tour but who cannot be picked up at Mt. Rainier by helicopter due to poor weather, poor visibility, or other unforeseen factors will receive a partial refund equivalent to 70% of their total tour cost. The remaining 30% of the tour cost will be applied toward the cost of the ground portion of the tour. In the event that guests on our Morning Tour are unable to return to Seattle via helicopter, these guests will be driven back to Seattle via private ground transport.
Please dress appropriately
Weather in the mountains changes very quickly and is variable throughout the year. If the sun is out and we are walking, it can quickly get warm and a t-shirt is comfortable. If the sun goes behind a cloud and the wind picks up, it can get very chilly. Spring (May-June) and Fall (September-October) temperatures are often in the 40s-50s but can be as high as the 60s and 70s. Summer temperatures (July-August) are generally warm in the 70s-80s, but daily temperature fluctuation is common with early mornings in the 50s and late afternoons warming up to the mid 80s. If we are expecting unseasonably warm or cool temperatures, we will reach out to you via phone or e-mail about two days prior to your tour.
At a minimum, we recommend preparing 3 layers:
a quick drying t-shirt
an insulating layer (wool sweater, hoodie, etc.)
a waterproof layer (wind breaker, soft shell jacket to keep wind and moisture away from your skin)
Guests on early and late season tours (May to June or September to October) are advised to bring an additional insulating layer. During cooler weather, a generally good rule of thumb is to bring one more layer than you think is necessary.
While we wont be doing any intense hikes, please wear shoes that are comfortable to walk over uneven ground on and provide ankle support. Many people find that sneakers are adequate, but a sturdy sole with good traction is essential.
Other Useful Items
A hat (to protect you from the sun in summer, or to keep your ears warm for early/late season tours)
Bug repellent (late June to mid August)
A small bag to carry water, your camera, etc.
Food & Beverages
Your tour includes a full lunch and a selection of beverages. If you have any food allergies or particular dietary requirements, please be sure to inform the supplier via phone call or e-mail after you've made a reservation. If you have particular dietary needs and would like to discuss them, please get in touch with us via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to accommodate you.