Trails for everyone, forever

Home News Blog Online Passes Now Available for Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks

Online Passes Now Available for Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks

Posted by clopez at Nov 09, 2018 03:07 PM |

Be prepared for adventure in Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park by purchasing your entrance pass online and bringing a paper copy with you.

Entrance fees are an important part of keeping national park visitor facilities maintained and up to date. But in parks and recreation areas like Olympic National Park, where you might not need to pass through an entrance to access the park, getting a pass could be a challenge.

Using YourPassNow, buying passes is easier than ever. Because wireless connectivity in the park is not reliable, printing your pass before you leave and displaying it on your vehicle dashboard is essential.

Lover's Lane Loop Photo by Juno Goes For A Hike.jpeg
Buy an electronic pass to see the dazzling falls on Lover’s Lane Loop in Olympic National Park. Photo by Juno Goes For A Hike.  

While the option to buy park passes in person is still available, YourPassNow provides an easy and convenient alternative to buy online before you go. For no additional fee, visitors can purchase Annual, Private Vehicle, Motorcycle and/or Individual passes from Passes are then received via email to be printed and used immediately or stored on a device for future use. 

Works for passes, not for Overnight permits

Purchasing passes electronically make weekend trips to coast a breeze, as there is no need to stop a pick up a park pass on your way. However, it is important to note that those planning overnight trips will still need to stop and pick up overnight backpacking permits and/or pay campground fees at both Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park.

The following are the types of passes offered through YourPassNow for Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park

  • Olympic Annual Pass (valid one year from month of purchase, $55)
  • Mount Rainier Annual Pass (valid one year from month of purchase, $55)
  • Private Vehicle (valid for 7 days, $30)
  • Motorcycle (valid for 7 days, $25)
  • Individual Biker, Hiker, Pedestrian (valid for 7 days, $15)

The America the Beautiful National Parks pass is not available through YourPassNow but can still be purchased in person at the parks and online.

(The one permit exception is that you can also use the YourPassNow to purchase day-use hiking permits at Dog Mountain in the summer.)

Check out the handy destinations map at to see the other public lands that currently provide electronic passes. (North Cascades National Park does not require a national park pass to visit.)


Mazama Ridge Snowshoe Photo by John Tomlin..jpgDiscover snowy mountain views on the Mazama Ridge Snowshoe by purchasing an electronic pass. Photo by John Tomlin.

The Mazama Ridge Snowshoe is a great way to have a some lively fun in the snow this winter! This intermediate-level snowshoe adventure is located on the southwest side of Mount Rainier in the Longmire/Paradise area. Be sure to take the Ranger recommended Paradise Valley Road to the 4th Crossing route up to Mazama Ridge to avoid avalanche chutes.

For a fun time on the northwest side of Mount Rainier, visit the Old Mine Trail. This hike, located in the Carbon River/Mowich area, is a great adventure of kids who are willing to take on the challenge of the short steep section. The entrance to the old mine after which this hike is named is gated about a hundred feet in for those curious and brave enough to take a peek.

And remember that tire chains are required in all cars heading to Mount Rainier in the winter season.

Fun Hikes at Olympic National Park

Buy your pass online today to visit these fabulous hikes in Olympic National Park.

Cape Alava Photo by Xiao Wang..jpgDiscover both forest and coastline on the Cape Alva trail. Photo by Xiao Wang.

See both the forest and the coast on the Cape Alva trail. Starting at the largest unaltered natural lake in Washington, Lake Ozette, this hike to Pacific coast and back is only 6.2 miles roundtrip. This hike is a great way for kids to discover both forested beauty and crashing waves.

Find waterfall, campsites and fall colors on the romantic Lover’s Lane Loop. This 5.8 mile roundtrip hike follows the Sol Duc river upstream and takes hikers through magnificent Douglas firs and hemlocks. The steep hike up to the Sol Duc falls rewards hikers with a gorgeous view of the lush canyon and the falls themselves.