- The mountain Some say Mt. Rainier is the most magical mountain in America. At 14,411 feet, it is a popular peak for climbing, with more than 10,000 attempts per year—half of which are successful.
- The glaciers About 35 square miles of glaciers and snowfields encircle Mt. Rainier, including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest glaciers by volume and area, respectively, in the continental United States.
- The wildflowers More than 100 species of wildflowers bloom in the park's high meadows; the display dazzles from midsummer until the snow flies.
- Fabulous hiking More than 240 miles of maintained trails provide access to old-growth forest, river valleys, lakes, and rugged ridges.
- Unencumbered wilderness Under the provisions of the 1964 Wilderness Act and the National Wilderness Preservation System, 97% of the park is preserved as wilderness.
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