Cougar Rock Group Campground, on the southwest side of Mt. Rainier National Park, is conveniently located to the Paradise area. Paradise is the most popular destination in the park, with a lodge and visitor center, many miles of hiking trails and a commanding view of the mountain.
The main attraction at Mount Rainier National Park is the mountain itself, a glacier-clad volcano of immense proportions. At 14,411 feet, it dominates the skyline for hundreds of miles. Visitors travel through majestic old-growth forest, past tumbling waterfalls and historic buildings to reach sub-alpine meadows, where world-famous wildflower displays are seen through July and August. Popular activities in the park include sight-seeing, hiking, rock climbing and camping.
The Cougar Rock area is located at an elevation of 3,180 feet. Summers are dry and cool with daytime temperatures in the 60 to 80-degree range. Weather throughout the park can be variable, so visitors should come prepared.
The group campground has five campsites and is located within the general Cougar Rock Campground. Sites are relatively rustic, but have drinking water, flush toilets and picnic tables. All group campsites must be reserved. Visitors must use extra caution with food storage, as foxes and other animals have been known to frequent the campground looking for food.
Reservations will open on Sunday, March 21, 2021 for Summer 2021 group camping sites at the Cougar Rock Campground and Ohanapecosh Campground. Group camping sites are reserved for 12 or more individuals. Mount Rainier National Park will follow Washington State guidelines for restrictions on social gatherings created to mitigate impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Current limitations on social gatherings in Phase 2 of Washington State guidelines limit outside social gatherings to 15 or fewer people from no more than two households. The park will notify those with group camping reservations and issue a refund if necessary should Washington State guidelines affect their reservation. Visitors should access the Mount Rainier National Park website for more information about the park, and can find out more information about Washington State's COVID-19 phasing guidelines here .
No RVs allowed in the group sites.
The number of vehicles per site is limited to 5 passenger vehicles.
The campground has one lookout point from which campers can view Mt. Rainier. Although it is peaceful now, the still-active volcano last erupted in the mid 1800s. The campground is adjacent to the Nisqually River and is surrounded by thick forests. A short drive to Paradise in summer reveals fields of lush wildflowers.
Mount Rainier National Park is about 50 miles southeast of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area.
From the facility, experienced hikers and backpackers can access the well-known, strenuous but beautiful Wonderland Trail, which encircles the park for 93 miles. For those who enjoy learning more about the park's natural and cultural history, there is an on-site amphitheater where interpretive programs are held.
Longmire WA 98361
For campground inquiries, please call: 360-569-2211
Cougar Rock Campground is located 14 miles east of Ashford, Washington, on State Route 706/Paradise Road.