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

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

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 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.

  • Last visit to Mount Rainier National Park: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated Feb 23, 2012
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