Mount Rainier National Park

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  • 1. Grove of the Patriarchs

    Forest

    Protected from the periodic fires that swept through the surrounding areas, this small island of 1,000-year-old trees is one of Mount Rainier...Read More

  • 2. Chinook Pass Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Route 410, the highway to Yakima, follows the eastern edge of the park to Chinook Pass, where it climbs the steep, 5,432-foot pass via a series...Read More

  • 3. Christine Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    These two-tiered falls were named in honor of Christine Louise Van Trump, who climbed to the 10,000-foot level on Mt. Rainier in 1889 at the...Read More

  • 4. Goat Rocks Wilderness

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The crags in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, south of Mt. Rainier, are aptly named. You often see mountain goats here, especially when you...Read More

  • 5. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center

    Information Center

    High on the mountain's southern flank, this center houses exhibits on geology, mountaineering, glaciology, and alpine ecology. Multimedia programs...Read More

  • 6. Johnston Ridge Observatory

    Observatory/Planetarium

    With the most spectacular views of the crater and lava dome of Mt. St. Helens, this observatory also has exhibits that interpret the geology...Read More

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  • 7. Junior Ranger Program

    Tour–Sight

    Youngsters ages 6 to 11 can pick up an activity booklet at a visitor center and fill it out as they explore the park. When they complete it...Read More

  • 8. Longmire Museum and Visitor Center

    Museum/Gallery

    Glass cases inside this museum preserve the park's plants and animals, including a stuffed cougar. Historical photographs and geographical displays...Read More

  • 9. Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center

    Information Center

    The Mt. St. Helens Institute operates this center, which offers family camps, field trips, and learning experiences throughout the year. It...Read More

  • 10. Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

    Museum/Gallery

    This facility, one of three visitor centers along Route 504 on the west side of the mountain, has exhibits documenting the eruption, plus a...Read More

  • 11. Mowich Lake Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    In the northwest corner of the park, this 24-mile mountain road begins in Wilkeson and heads up the Rainier foothills to Mowich Lake, traversing...Read More

  • 12. Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    This trip takes you through lush forests and across scenic bridges, covering 14 miles of incomparable beauty. Trains depart from Elbe, 11 miles...Read More

  • 13. Narada Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A steep but short trail leads to the viewing area for these spectacular 168-foot falls, which expand to a width of 75 feet during peak flow...Read More

  • 14. National Park Inn

    Building/Architectural Site

    Even if you don't plan to stay overnight, you can stop by year-round to view the architecture of this inn, built in 1917 and on the National...Read More

  • 15. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This spectacular, 435-acre wildlife park 35 miles south of Puyallup is devoted to native creatures of the Pacific Northwest. Walking paths wind...Read More

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  • 16. Paradise Picnic Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This site has great views on clear days. After picnicking at Paradise, you can take an easy hike to one of the many waterfalls in the area—Sluiskin...Read More

  • 17. Paradise Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    This 9-mile stretch of Highway 706 winds its way up the mountain's southwest flank from Longmire to Paradise, taking you from lowland forest...Read More

  • 18. Ranger Programs

    Tour–Sight

    Park ranger-led activities include guided snowshoe walks in the winter (most suitable for those older than eight) as well as evening programs...Read More

  • 19. Route 123 and Stevens Canyon Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    At Chinook Pass you can pick up Route 123 and head south to its junction with Stevens Canyon Road. Take this road west to its junction with...Read More

  • 20. Sunrise Picnic Area

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Set in an alpine meadow that's filled with wildflowers in July and August, this picnic area provides expansive views of the mountain and surrounding...Read More

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