"Visible from Seattle, Yet Whole Different World" Mount Rainier National Park by glabah

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

The national park containing the mountain is of course one of the popular attractions in the Seattle area. There isn't too much beyond what is currently written by various other VirtualTourist members that I will be able to add, but I hope that some of what I write will be found useful.

I am throwing in this photo because once you are inside Mount Rainier National Park, the mountain actually seems much smaller than it is. Somehow, through a trick of perspective, standing near the base makes the mountain seem not that much higher than the surrounding 5,000 and 6,000 foot tall peaks surrounding it.

This photo, taken from north of downtown Seattle and some 60 miles (100 km) distant from the summit of the mountain, should dispel that notion. At 14,411 feet (4,392 meters) it can dominate the Seattle skyline even at this distance. It is somewhat more than 3,000 feet taller than Mount Hood, the highest point in Oregon. The photo at the top of this page was taken near Sunrise (the ridge of that name), and the mountain really doesn't look that big there. Here, you can clearly see that while Sunrise may be at 6,000 feet, the top of the mountain completely dwarfs it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A amazing location preserving the best of what was once in the Cascade mountains. Photos can never do the place justice.
  • Cons:Lots of traffic and traffic jams. Sometimes all parking places occupied. Drivers going well over the speed limit create unpleasant noise and frequently hazardous road conditions due to blind curves.
  • In a nutshell:Cameras can never do the place justice, but current auto traffic conditions during busy days mar the experience.
  • Last visit to Mount Rainier National Park: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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