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Mount Rainier National Park Travel Guide: 234 reviews and 520 photos

When you look at Mt Rainier from Tacoma or Seattle, you are amazed by the sheer size. When you see the mountain up close from the Park roads, your jaw drops open. The bulk of the mountain and its two dozen glaciers is incredible. Of Washington's three national parks, Mt Rainer is by far the most accessible to the normal tourist. Roads cover the southern edge of the mountain rising to 5400 feet at Paradise; roads penetrate to the high ground in the northeast - 6400 feet at Sunrise - and the northwest at Mowich Lake. The drive across WA 706 on the south is a splendid and very scenic route. Many pullouts explain geology, glaciology, biology, botany and history of the Park. Most people head to the flower gardens at Paradise. If you want to wander the many trails in the alpine meadows of Paradise - wildflowers at their peak in early to mid July - go early in the day. On weekends, you will be with hundreds of others. The same admonition pertains to the vast meadows of Yakima Park at Sunrise. While these meadows can get too popular, a midweek trip can still be very rewarding.

The roads are just beginning points for backcountry wanders. High on many people's list is to climb Mt Rainier. Hundreds of people slog up the Disappointment Cleaver route from Paradise, spending a night up high near Camp Muir - 10188 feet/3105 meters. Many more go up the broad Emmons Glacier on the northeast side from White River near Sunrise. Others walk the lengthy Wonderland Trail - a 93 mile trail that encircles the mountain giving different views with each mile and takes around 10 days to do the whole thing. There are many different corners to the Park, however, meadows, rivers, forests and peaks that call.

Experience the Mountain from the multiutde of viewpoints along the different Park roads, or ........

...... for a more intimate outing, hike the trails gaining new insights or even go up high for an even more ultimate high.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Mammoth mountain, huge glaciers, grand flower gardens and lots of wildlife
  • Cons:Crowds at Sunrise and Paradise can imitate Yosemite at times
  • In a nutshell:An Unbelievably Big Mountain
  • Intro Updated Dec 16, 2003
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  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2009 at 2:49 AM

    Awesome photos. Just stunning. I really enjoyed looking at your tips.

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Excellent page. Great tips and photos. Beautiful park!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Spectacular scenery. Thanks for sharing.

  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2006 at 5:29 PM

    Magnificent page! Panorama Point was one of our favorite hiking destinations when we lived out there.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2006 at 4:03 PM

    nice page! I really loved Mt. Rainier and it's still one of my favorite places, though I've never climbed the mountain (I hope I will someday!)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2005 at 1:53 PM

    Fine photos and texts. I really like your mountain pages!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2005 at 6:01 PM

    very nice page mark. a freind of mine from denmark climbed ranier and recommended it to me. it should be a tough climb though.

  • vichatherly's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2004 at 3:51 PM

    Great pictures of Mount Rainier. Didn't get that close to it on my visit. Cheers for the comments

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2004 at 4:25 AM

    Thanks for the comments. Ranier was great. Fremont was a bit of a challenge, but nothing compared to Ranier, I'm sure. :) Next stop, Yosemite!

  • ophiru's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2004 at 9:11 AM

    Amazing photos and good tips - i am getting new idead for my next trip.

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