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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: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
Little Tahoma is a huge pyramidal satellite of Mt Rainier standing just to the east. It rises to 11138 ft/2802 m. Best... more travel advice
There are two small hotels within the Park, both on the south road WA 706 - at Longmire and up at Paradise. Reservations... more travel advice
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