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Mount Rainier National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Mount Rainier National Park Vacation

Like a mysterious, white-clad chanteuse, veiled in clouds even when the surrounding forests and fields are bathed in sunlight, Mt. Rainier is the centerpiece of its namesake park. The impressive volcanic peak stands at an elevation of 14,411 feet, making it the fifth-highest peak in the lower 48 states. Nearly 2 million visitors a year enjoy spectacular views of the mountain and return

home with a lifelong memory of its image.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The wildflowers More than 100 species of wildflowers bloom in the park's high meadows; the display dazzles from midsummer until the snow flies.
  4. Fabulous hiking More than 240 miles of maintained trails provide access to old-growth forest, river valleys, lakes, and rugged ridges.
  5. Unencumbered wilderness Under the provisions of the 1964 Wilderness Act and the National Wilderness Preservation System, 97% of the park is preserved as wilderness.

When To Go

When to Go

Rainier is the Puget Sound's weather vane: if you can see it, skies will be clear. Visitors are most likely to see the summit July through Septemb...

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