Stars on Mountain Rainier
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Stargazing at Sunrise

The low levels of light pollution at the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park make it ideal for an evening stargazing jaunt.

Overnight stargazers will need a wilderness pass. Due to the large volume of reservation requests, requests must be made at least one week  in advance of the desired trip start date and no more than one month  in advance of the desired trip start date.

Be considerate of other stargazers and photographers. Try to limit the use of flashlights and your vehicle lights once you park your car. Be aware of headlights. Nothing ruins night vision faster. Also, using a red light works for maintaining your night vision while allowing you to see, and also preserves others’ night vision. You can wrap layers of red cellophane around a flashlight and affix with a rubber band or purchase an actual red light.