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Family Weekend Getaway in Mount Rainier
By car from Seattle: To Crystal Mountain (first night) Take I-5 south to exit 142-A Hwy 18 east toward Auburn. Off of Hwy 18 take Hwy 164 East and drive toward and through the town of Enumclaw. At the intersection of Hwy 410 and Griffin Ave. take a left onto 410. Continue on 410 East for approximately 33 miles. Turn left onto Crystal Mountain Blvd and continue up 6 miles to the resort. Drive time is about 95 minutes.
This itinerary follows a circular route along the mountain's west side. After finishing your trip in Eatonville, it's about another hour north to Seattle along Meridian Ave E to State Route 512, which rejoins I-5, south of Tacoma.
Follow the directions listed above, but bring a recent map and a GPS device (with a compass for backup); road names change and in the right conditions, roads can become confusing. Times listed here are approximate, and may vary widely due to road conditions and traffic. Pack activities for the kids, in case the trip takes longer than you thought it might.
A map of drive times around the park is available at Visit Rainier.
Driving on Mount Rainier: It can't be said enough: prepare for all extremes, and check the weather and traffic reports before heading up any mountain pass in our region — and particularly so in this region, at these altitudes. Being caught in a blizzard or stuck after discovering a pass is closed isn't fun for anyone — particularly for kids.
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