If you're planning a trip to Mount Rainier National Park any time between now and May 1, you have to have snow chains for your tires. You don't necessarily need to put them on your car, but you have to have them with you. We don't make the rules, but we can help you follow them!
Want to know more? Scroll onward for helpful info.
What does the National Park Service say about snow chains?
"Between November 1 and May 1, all vehicles in Mount Rainier National Park are required to carry tire chains. This requirement applies to all vehicle types in all weather and road conditions." [More info from the NPS can be found here.]
When can I rent snow chains from Whittaker Mountaineering?
Online orders must be placed at least one day before pickup. Same-day rental reservations can be placed on the phone at (360) 569-2142, but we also accept walk-ins! [Get directions to the store here.]
What size snow chain do I need?
On your tire you'll find three numbers that designate the width, height, and diameter. Once you have that, you just need to enter it into the fields on our rental page, and we'll pick the right chain size for you. Easy!
How much does it cost to rent snow chains from Whittaker Mountaineering?
It costs $19.50 per day to rent snow chains from Whittaker Mountaineering.
What kind of snow chains does Whittaker Mountaineering rent out?
We primarily rent Security Chain Company Radial Chain Cables which we picked because they're easy to put on and much less likely to cause any damage to your hubcaps. Keep in mind, there can be exceptions depending on the type of vehicle.
How do I put snow chains on my car?
This video does a great job of illustrating the process, but don't worry too much! Our helpful staff will help you put the chains on at the store if you need any assistance.
How to I return show chains to Whittaker Mountaineering?
On your return trip drop off all rental items in our dropbox which is open 24 hours a day.
What else can I rent from Whittaker Mountaineering?
Glad you asked! We also rent snowshoes, snowboots, snow tubes, trekking poles, insulated jackets, gloves, pants to keep you warm on your trip to Paradise and beyond. Click here to check out all our winter rentals.
One last thing...
It's a $550 dollar fine to drive in the Park between November 1st and May 1st without having chains in your car. Just sayin...