• MT. RAINIER = highest mountain in the Cascade Range & State Of Washington & 4th highest in the U.S. @ 14,411 feet / 4,392 meters

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  • MT. RAINIER has 3 seperate named summits:  {1}. 14,411 foot Columbia Crest  /  {2}. 14,158 foot Point Success  /  {3}. 14,112 foot Liberty Cap
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  • The Volcanic Cone of  MT. RAINIER  is about 500,000 years old, although an early ancestral cone composed of lava flows is over 840,000 years old.
  • MT. RAINIER once stood at about 16,000 feet but debris avalanches, mudflows, lahars, and glaciations have reduced it to its present elevation.
  • The OSCEOLA MUDFLOW {5,600+ years ago}, was a giant debris avalanche that swept rock, ice, and mud over 50 miles to the Tacoma area.
  • The mudflow removed over 1,600 feet from the mountain top. /  Also See: The smaller  ELECTRON MUDFLOW {500+ years ago}
  • Mt. Rainier has the largest number of glaciers on one peak in the contiguous United States. 25 Named, & 50 smaller unnamed glaciers and ice fields.
  • In the lower 48, Mt. Rainier National Park has the thickest and most voluminous {CARBON GLACIER}  &  {EMMONS GLACIER} with the greatest surface area  
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  • MT. RAINIER is the centerpiece of a 235,625-acre MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, located 50 miles Southwest of  Seattle.
  • The park is 97% wilderness with the remaining 3% designated a National Historic Landmark District. 
  • President William McKinley created the national park, the Nation's 5th, on March 02, 1899
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  • The first Europeans to see the great peak were British Royal Navy Captain & Explorer George Vancouver (1757-1798) and his crew.
  • They sailed into Puget Sound in 1792 while exploring the Northwest Coast of North America.
  • Vancouver named the peak for his friend Rear Admiral Peter Rainier (1741-1808) of The British Royal Navy.
  • Rainier fought against the colonists in the American Revolutionary War and was severely wounded in 1778 while capturing a ship.
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  • The Washington State Quarter, Issued On 04-11-2007 - The Reverse Image Features A Salmon Leaping In Front Of MT. RAINIER.  
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  • *Enumclaw is the "Gateway" to the North entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park.
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  • *NOTE: Mt. Rainier National Park is "physically" located In Pierce County.

Recent News Of Note From Mt. Rainier:



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General Information:



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  • 1. - Sunrise Visitor Center & Day Lodge 

  • SUNRISE DAY LODGE GUEST SERVICES @ 360.663.2574
  • {Click Link Above For Current Status Updates}  /  {VC = 360.663.2425}
  • Exhibits/Guided Interpretive Programs/Book Sales/Food/Picnic Area/Gift Shop/Wilderness Permits/Hiking & Backcountry Camping Info 
  • {NORTHEAST ENTRANCE @ SUNRISE / WHITE RIVER}:

  • Access Sunrise area of park via the White River Entrance located just off S.R. # 410 -{The Chinook Scenic Byway}-
  • Near the entrance, find White River Campground and several popular trailheads.
  • The road to Sunrise typically closes due to snowfall in mid-October and reopens in late June to early July. 
  • Sunrise is the closest you can drive to the summit of Mt. Rainier and the 2nd most visited spot in the park after Paradise.
  • Located 60 miles N.E. of the Nisqually Entrance, & 14 miles N.W. of the Sunrise/White River turnoff on S.R. # 410. 
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  • 2. - Ohanapecosh Visitor Center

  • {Click Link Above For Current Status Updates}  /  {360.569.6581}
  • Exhibits/Guided Interpretive Programs/Book Sales/Hiking & Backcountry Camping Information
  • See: Grove Of The Patriarchs  -  {Located approximately 3 miles North of the Visitor Center & Campground}
  • Features old-growth forest of 1,000+ year-old Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, & Western Hemlock trees. 
  • Located in the S.E. corner of the park. "Ohanapecosh", is an Indian name meaning "standing on the edge". 
  • 3 miles North of the park boundary on S.R. # 123, & 42 miles East of the Nisqually Entrance.
  • *This Area NOT accessible in Winter*  
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  • 3. - Paradise Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center

  • {See Internal Link On The Page Above For Hours & Current Status Of Visitor Center}  /  {360.569.6571}
  • Exhibits/Guided Ranger Programs/Book & Gift Store/Cafeteria/Climbing & Wilderness Permits/Hiking & Backcountry Camping Info
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  • Lodging Inside Mt. Rainier National Park  

  • {MT.RAINIER GUEST SERVICES @ 855.755.2275}

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  • Paradise Inn  /  {360.569.2275 / 855.755.2275}  

  • {Click Link For Hours And Current Status Updates}

  • 121 Guest Rooms/Gift Shop/Post Office/Cafe/Full Service Dining Room 
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  • National Park Inn  /  360.569.2275  /  855.755.2275

  • {Click Link For Additional Info / OPEN YEAR-ROUND} 

  • 25 Guest Rooms/Gift Shop/Full Service Dining Room/General Store/Post Office 

  • R.V. & Tent Camping Inside Mt. Rainier National Park 

  • Spend the night camping in the scenic lowland forests of Mt. Rainier National Park. Although campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. 
  • You can reserve sites at the Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds by calling (877) 444-6777 or  by visiting recreation.gov

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  • White River Campground   /   {N.E. Corner Of Mt. Rainier National Park}  

  • Camping season:  {Click Link For Current Status}  /  112 R.V. and Tent Sites  - (Water) - (NO ELECTRICITY)

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  • Ohanapecosh Campground & Picnic Area  /  {S.E. Corner Of Mt. Rainier National Park} 

  • Camping season:  {Click Link For Current Status}   /   188 R.V. and Tent Sites - (Water) - (NO ELECTRICITY)  
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  • Cougar Rock Campground  /  {2 Miles East Of Longmire}

  • Camping season:  {Click Link For Current Status}   /  173 R.V. and Tent Sites - (Water) -  (NO ELECTRICITY)





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