Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is an active volcano, ascending 14,410 feet above sea level.  Mount Rainier National Park was established by Congress in 1899. Although the park appears close in distance from Seattle, allow a couple of hours driving time.

Myrtle Falls at Mt. Rainier

The Mount Rainier National Park has a number of hiking trails, ranging from less than one mile to the 93-mile Wonderland Trail.
Short trails include:
  • Emmons Vista Trail - .5 miles round trip
  • Trail of the Shadows - .7 mile round trip trail
  • Nisqually Vista Trail - 1.2 mile loop
  • Grove of the Patriarchs Trail - 1.5 miles round trip
  • Kautz Creek Trail - 2-miles round trip
Michelle on the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail

If you are interested in climbing above 10,000 feet or on glaciers, you are required to register and pay a fee. Ask at visitor centers for more information.

Visitor Centers in the park include:
  • Longmire
  • Paradise 
  • Ohanapecosh
  • and Sunrise

Two of the best views of Mount Rainier can be seen at the Paradise and Sunrise locations in the Mount Rainier National Park. Paradise is the most heavily visited area in the park. Sunrise is only open from July to late September.

Wildlife that can be seen in the Mount Rainier National Park include:
  • chipmunks
  • squirrels
  • marmots
  • pikas
  • Steller's jays
  • Clark's nutcrackers
  • gray jays
  • ravens
  • black-tailed deer
  • black bears
  • mountain goats
  • and elk
For more information on Mount Rainier National Park, visit the National Park Service's web page for Mount Rainier!

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