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Mount Rainier National Park Travel Guide: 255 reviews and 653 photos

When a mountain dominates a landscape like Mount Rainier does in the Pacific Northwest, it should come as no surprise that a National Park was formed around it. That is literal as though the park is fair-sized, it basically is a square box that the round peg just fits into. That peg is one massive peak. Rising out of plateau in the 2000 foot range, the 14441 foot Rainier looms a lot larger than similar sized mountains in Colorado. Its circumference and relative seclusion to other peaks only adds to its perceptive bulk. Toss in a concentration of more major glaciers than the rest of the lower 48 combined and Rainier's luster only grows. It's no wonder that people who live in the region refer to it simply as “The Mountain.”

now, that's nice colorful garnish

Mount Rainer National Park has many other attractions though you are never far from being in the shadow of its namesake peak. The dense forest that blankets the foothills of the massive one is a lush old growth wonder. It's easy to get lost in its beauty when the majestic peak is hidden in clouds. Plunging waterfalls dot the landscape, lacking notoriety only due to their proximity to the overwhelming sight that is Mount Rainier. Profuse wildflower displays steal some of the stage in spring but make no mistake, they thrive in the climate made by The Mountain and are mere colorful garnish to its glistening awe-inspiring presence. A visit to the Pacific Northwest is not complete without seeing Mount Rainier.

  • Last visit to Mount Rainier National Park: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 4, 2009
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  • mariaschmidt's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Amazing picture of the Mount Rainier you captured it in the most perfect weather and color of the sky ...

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 4:29 AM

    For things not going according to plan, you sure managed some beautiful shots of this National Park! This is a very helpful page on how to deal with mountain hiking - seems more complex than most of your earlier park explorations!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2009 at 2:36 AM

    Beautiful photos as always Richie - love the view from Shriner with the bear grass, the wonderful reflections and the sunrise on Ranier especially. Another NP to add to my wish-list!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Pinnacle Peak is worth the scramble for the nice view of the Tatoosh, but Shriner's Peak is a nice alternative. The Wonderland Trail is a better option than the climb - the mountain is so big and everchanging. Great pages!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    Wow, beautiful reflection photos. With so many mountains peaks to climb I think if it was me I would just enjoy the views. I agree that in such places nightlife is total another concept.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2009 at 3:31 AM

    Love that hot chocolate coffeehouse :-)) And my mouth is still open in amazement and admiration for these magic wildflowers!! Oh my god.... Shriner Peak would be my kind of peak, even if I would have to walk for water.

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    what do you mean...M&M's are not part of the food chain?! Not even the almond ones???


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