Last Updated on July 25, 2023
Disclaimer: We were guests of Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier, but our opinions are our own.
Washington State offers an abundance of exciting activities, and we have a delightful addition to your Washington State bucket list. Get ready for an exhilarating adventure as you immerse yourself in the breathtaking wonders of the great outdoors in a completely unique way with Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier.
Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier in Washington State is an epic adventure the whole family will love. We can’t agree who had more fun – the kids or adults!
Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier
Experience the thrill of Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier, an innovative and exhilarating way to discover the breathtaking foothills of Mt. Rainier. Embark on a pedal-powered adventure along a historic logging railroad, where majestic forest, verdant pastures, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas await.
The meticulously crafted four-seat rail cycles offer the perfect blend of comfort and excitement, ensuring an unforgettable journey through nature’s wonders.
Eatonville, Washington is the gateway to Mount Rainier National Park and should not be overlooked. The park has so much to offer; it’s no wonder that visitors come from all over the world to explore its dramatic peaks and valleys. However, there’s also plenty of adventure to be had at the foothills of Mount Rainier, like a memorable ride with Rail Cycle Mount Rainier
The park’s namesake—Mount Rainier—is an imposing presence rising 14,411 feet into the sky and is surrounded by stunning alpine meadows, old-growth forests, and glacial valleys. With over 260 miles of hiking trails and several campgrounds, it’s easy to lose yourself in the park’s spectacular beauty.
No matter what time of year it is, visitors can take advantage of the temperate Pacific Northwest climate and explore the many activities that nearby towns have to offer.
About The Rail Cycles
Experience the joy of pedaling with ease on the Rail Cycles, starting from Eatonville and heading towards the mesmerizing Mt. Rainier National Park. Embark on a delightful 1.5-mile journey, reaching a picturesque turnaround point for a relaxing 35-minute break before your return trip.
Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier provides an enchanting pedal-powered rail bike adventure suitable for the whole family. They glide effortlessly over the tracks!
Each Rail Cycle is designed to accommodate four pedalers.
How Do Rail Bike Adventures Work?
Rail bikes depart as a cohesive unit, accompanied by tour leaders ensuring safety at the front and back. Passing is not possible (colliding with the bike ahead is not permitted), and the pedaling rhythm is established by the lead guide at a pleasant and unhurried pace. A hand signal needs to be used if you are slowing down to alert the riders behind you.
At a designated turnaround point, guests disembark while the guides expertly reverse the direction of each railbike on the track. This ensures a seamless experience where railbikes face the opposite way, ready for the next leg of the journey.
There is a seating area with picnic tables where you can relax, have a snack, and enjoy the farmland views, while the guides work to spin the rail bikes for the journey back.
Each group will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide trained in rail operations. These guides not only ensure a safe crossing of public roadways but also assist in smoothly turning the cycles at the halfway point for the return trip.
How Much Does A Rail Cycle Trip Cost?
Rail Cycles are allocated per cycle rather than per seat. The current pricing (summer 2023) for a rail cycle with four seats is $161.25, with three seats is $120.00, and two seats is $86.00. This makes the adventure perfect for families or groups. Each rider must have their own seat. Buy your tickets HERE.
Is Rail Biking For Everyone?
Yes, with a caveat. There is a 300-pound weight limit per rider. The rail cycles boast robust bucket-style seats that offer a comfortable ride for the majority of riders. In addition to that, it is suitable for individuals of all ages, regardless of their level of fitness. However, it is recommended that everyone possesses at least a minimum level of fitness to pedal a bike for approximately 30 minutes without experiencing exhaustion.
This activity caters to a wide range of individuals, accommodating both the young and the old, as well as those who are physically active and those who are less active.
As a team, everyone pedals together, but if one person becomes fatigued or wishes to capture a moment in a photo, taking a break is effortless. Simply cease pedaling while the rest continue to propel the wheels forward.
How Old Do Kids Have To Be To Ride?
Families are welcome! There is no minimum age limit for rail cycles with Rail Cycle Mr. Rainier, making it the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories with the whole family. Bring the kids along and embark on an unforgettable experience together. Children less than 25-lbs can ride with an adult using a front-style harness or carrier, provided that the parents can securely fasten their seatbelt.
Children who can sit up independently should have their own seat and use seatbelts. Parents (and kiddos) seeking extra security can opt for special 5-point harnesses. While not all children may reach the pedals, they will undoubtedly delight in the journey. Children must occupy their own seats during the ride and are not allowed to sit on an adult’s lap.
What About Bad Weather?
Rail cycles run rain or shine, unless weather appears particularly dangerous or imminent. Rail cycling is enjoyable in almost all conditions as long as riders dress according to the weather. Rail cycle guides will delay departures, or at times, cancel departures if weather poses a risk.
Are Reservations Required For Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier?
Due to high demand, we highly recommend making reservations for rail cycle tours in advance.
What Will I Need To Bring On A Rail Bike?
Be sure to bring a camera with you on your adventure – even your smartphone camera will do if that’s all you have. Make sure your cameras or phones are secured for you; if you drop something there is a chance that it may not be found.
Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather, including closed-toe shoes.
You can keep small daypacks down near your feet for any extra belongings.
Additionally, we highly recommend wearing a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the elements.
Take a ride and immerse yourself in the beauty of this unique and captivating experience of the history of logging and railroading in the Pacific Northwest. With its relaxed yet invigorating rides, Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier is an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for some family fun or just to take in stunning views, Rail Cycle Mt. Rainier is the perfect way to explore this gorgeous part of Washington State.
Get on your cycle and go!
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