"Mount Rainier National Park" Mount Rainier Tip by karenincalifornia

Mount Rainier, Seattle: 6 reviews and 17 photos

  Mount Rainier
by karenincalifornia

Mount Rainier is a magnificent dormant volcano located about 2 hours south of Seattle. The national park has many outstanding hiking and backpacking trails that provide beautiful views of vistas and up close and personal views of the glaciers. The majesty of this mountain that rises over 14,000 feet can be appreciated best with a visit to the national park. Mount Rainier is an amazing sight from a distance. It is even more spectacular from within the boundaries of the park.

Enter from the southwest to reach the visitor's center that is open all year. The visitor's center on the east side - Sunrise - is at a slightly higher elevation and open only in late spring, summer and early fall.

Mount Rainier is also considered one of the most technically challenging climbs. I had a friend who attempted it, but got caught in an avalanche. Fortunately she survived, thanks to a very dramatic rescue.

Address: 55210 238th Avenue East Ashford
Directions: Take 706 National Park Hwy, stop at the Education Center
Phone: (360) 569-2211
Website: https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm

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  • Written Feb 23, 2011
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