Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier National Park is a United States National Park located in southeast Pierce County and northeast Lewis County in Washington state. It was established on March 2, 1899 as the fifth national park in the United States. The park encompasses 236,381 acres including all of Mount Rainier, a 14,411-foot stratovolcano. The mountain rises abruptly from the surrounding land with elevations in the park ranging from 1,600 feet to over 14,000 feet (490 - 4,300 m). The highest point in the Cascade Range, around it are valleys, waterfalls, subalpine meadows, old-growth forest and more than 25 glaciers.

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"If you can only do one summer full-day hike in Washington, the hike to Summerland in [Mount] Rainier National Park is your best bet,” writes SwitchbackTravel.com. “Summerland,” the destination of your hike, is a beautiful alpine meadow filled with stunning wildflowers. Named by famous climber and explorer E. S. Ingraham, Summerland serves as a basecamp for climbers ascending Mount Rainier via its southern slopes.
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Built back in 1915 and taking in 22,000 feet (6,700 metres) of elevation gain, this is a tough and historic journey that most hikers complete in 2 weeks-ish. Once underway the trail is rarely flat as it climbs and descends the various flanks of Rainier (including Panhandle Gap, which at 2600 metres is the highest altitude the trail reaches) but the constant effort is rewarded by a continual change of scenery, from deep forested valleys to sub-alpine meadows.
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One of the most visited national parks, Mount Rainier National Park is the most prominent peak in the Cascade Range. At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier dominates the landscape of a large part of western Washington state. Established in 1899, this national park welcomes nearly two million visitors a year for hiking, climbing, backpacking and more.
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About 90 miles south of Seattle lies the most prominent peak in the Cascade Range –active volcano Mount Rainier. One of the oldest national parks, millions of visitors a year journey to Mount Rainier for its spectacular hiking, mountain climbing, backpacking, and more. Take a scenic drive, plan a camping trip, go fishing or boating, take a bike ride, or even explore one of the park’s many waterfalls! Whether you’re here for a day or a week, there’s so much to discover at this park.
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Built back in 1915 and taking in 22,000 feet (6,700 metres) of elevation gain, this is a tough and historic journey that most hikers complete in 2 weeks-ish. Once underway the trail is rarely flat as it climbs and descends the various flanks of Rainier (including Panhandle Gap, which at 2600 metres is the highest altitude the trail reaches) but the constant effort is rewarded by a continual change of scenery, from deep forested valleys to sub-alpine meadows.
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At Mount Rainier National Park, ecotourism is king. Stay at Adrift Hotel, a certified Social Purpose Corporation on the Washington Coast, for an eco-first approach to boutique hospitality. Hiking, rock climbing and kayaking are popular eco-activities, while a visit to Seattle offers visitors the chance to sample sustainably sourced produce, such as seafood, coffee and beer.
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Not only is it Washington’s most iconic mountain but it’s also a great place to camp. Mount Rainier National Park has 4 different campsites to check out with the latest reservations available until early October at Mowich Lake. It’s probably the best way to experience the park as you can get in tons of hiking without the pressure of getting it done in just a day trip.
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Changing altitudes within Mount Rainier National Park means you can spot varied types of birds throughout the park. The northern spotted owl, while increasingly rare, is one of the most spectacular birds you might see here in its natural habitat. More common residents you may spot while in the park include Steller’s jay, sooty grouse, ptarmigan, and varied thrush.
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