standard Mount Rainier – Paradise

The Mount Rainier is a massive volcano located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle.Due to its many attractions , Mount Rainier is considered a real paradise for the ones who love the mountains . It’s the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range and is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and it is on the Decade Volcano list. Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars that would threaten the whole Puyallup River valley.

mount rainier photo

Mount Rainier

Paradise within

Hiking, backcountry skiing, photography,climbing and camping are popular in the park. Hiking trails, including the Wonderland Trail (a 93 miles / 150 kilometres circumnavigation of the peak), provide access to the backcountry. Mount Rainier is also popular for winter sports, including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Top Hikes

  • Walk amidst the clouds and discover the mountain’s stunning landscape teeming with the colorful plants and animals of these high-country meadows. Departing from Paradise, enjoy walking this 1.2 mile paved pathway through vivid wildflower displays while taking in sublime views of Mount Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier. Perhaps one of the most widely acclaimed trails in the state — it’s not to be missed.
  • Discover the unspoiled beauty of Mowich Lake, the largest and deepest lake in the Park.
  • See the clear, icy waters of the Ohanapecosh River tumble forty feet over breathtaking Silver Falls into a sparkling pool. A splendid sight to see, visitors will also enjoy the ambience of the tall forest and moss-carpeted floor. Find the falls along the family-friendly, three-mile Silver Falls Trail
  • See the virgin forest of ancient Douglas-firs, western hemlocks, and western red cedars . This is a short and easy walk along a nature trail that is snow-free June through October .
  • Join a Park Ranger and enjoy the art of snowshoeing through beautiful white, winter scenes. Learn how the plants and animals of the Park adapt to the season’s abundant snowfall .
  • Sample the glory of Mt. Rainier on the 93-mile Wonderland trail. Pass by swift rivers and pristine waterfalls. Witness commanding views of ancient glaciers cloaked in icy majesty. Meander through meadows of pristine wildflowers and forests teeming with wildlife. Completely encircling the mountain, this trail presents the perfect opportunity to get to know the many faces of Rainier. Find more hikes and activities here (also the source of these hikes).

flowers in rainier national park

Climbing

Mountain climbing on Mount Rainier is difficult, involving traversing the largest glaciers in the U.S. south of Alaska. Most climbers require two to three days to reach the summit. Climbing teams demand experience in glacier travel, self-rescue, and wilderness travel. About 8,000 to 13,000 people attempt the climb each year, about 90% via routes from Camp Muir on the southeast flank. Most of the rest ascend Emmons Glacier via Camp Schurman on the northeast. About half of the attempts are successful, with weather and conditioning being the most common reasons for failure.

Mount Rainier Panorama

Mount Rainier Panorama

Camping

Mount Rainier National Park has six developed campgrounds providing almost 600 sites. These campgrounds open by the end of June through mid September. Only one campground, Sunshine Point, is open for auto camping all year round. The other five campgrounds close in September and October, depending upon location and weather. Backcountry camping is permitted all year round by permit only. Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds operate on a reservation only basis from 01 July through Labor Day.

Mount Rainier Reflection

Mount Rainier Reflection

Campgrounds

  • Cougar Rock – 1 Jul – Labor Day – reservations only – rest of season, first come, first serve – 14 day limit
  • Ipsut Creek – walk or bike in, register at Wilkeson Ranger Station during summer and early fall, 14 day limit
  • Mowich Lake – Undesignated walk in sites, no fires allowed.
  • Ohanapecosh – Last Tuesday in June – Labor Day, reservations only – rest of season – first come, first serve. 14 day limit.
  • Sunshine Point – No reservations, register at campground
  • White River – No reservations, register at campground

A true source of inspiration – these are the words that best describe Mount Rainier – a true paradise .

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