"Wonder of Washington State" Mount Rainier Tip by machomikemd
Mount Rainier, Seattle: 6 reviews and 17 photos
the Biggest and most Majestic Peak of the Cascades Mountain range, Mount Rainer is fairly visible from Seattle but it is about 80 miles far in the Town of Ashford. It is right in the Middle of the The 368-square-mile Mount Rainer national park, which is the fifth National park named from the 1800's. Visitors come to the national park for a wide range of reasons, from experiencing its old growth forests that date back as much as 200 years, to appreciating its numerous waterfalls. There are more than 300 miles of trails spread across the park, including one that stitches the circumference of the mountain, more than 92 miles in total.
Hiking, photography, and camping are popular in the park. Hiking trails, including the Wonderland Trail, a 93 mile circumnavigation of the peak provide access to the backcountry. Mount Rainier is also popular for winter sports, including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. In summer, visitors pass through vast meadows of wildflowers, on trails emanating from historic Paradise Inn. The park is open year-round. Winter visitors, however, should be well equipped and acquainted with the dangers of avalanche in backcountry areas.
The entrance fee is $15 for a private, noncommercial vehicle or $5 for each visitor 16 and older entering by motorcycle, bicycle, horseback, on foot, or for individuals traveling together as a non-commercial, organized group.
Address: East Ashford, WA 98304
Directions: South on I-5 to SR 512 (exit 127). East on SR 512 to SR 7. South on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance.
Phone: (360) 569-2211/ 569-2177
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