ranier

  • Washington
  • Established March 2, 1899
  • 370 square miles

Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain the Cascade Range, and it was considered by John Muir to be the noblest. It is also an active volcano, and so a trip to Mount Rainier National Park is also an opportunity to contemplate the impermanent and ever-changing nature of all things. At its core, Mount Rainier is liquid fire. It last erupted in the 1840s, and will someday erupt again. And yet, the mountain is covered with more glaciers than any other mountain, because it lives in the wet and snowy Pacific Northwest. In short, this mountain, and this park, is rife with contradiction—and beauty—and challenge.

Mount Rainier National Park is a playland of flowers: lupine, asters, subalpine buttercups, monkeyflowers, red columbine, Columbia tiger, magenta and scarlet paintbrushes. In the valleys, streams are teeming with coho and steelhead; below the extensive snowfields wander black-tailed deer, black bears, ravens, squirrels and beavers. This is the perfect park for a long, contemplative hike, or, when the season is right, for the more exhilarating skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. There is of course also mountain climbing, fishing, and boating.

Whether your desire is to spend half a day at Mount Rainier, or several days, National Parks Revealed will work with your preferences and needs to create the perfect itinerary for your group. We recommend combining a trip to Mount Rainier with a visit to other parks in the area, particularly Olympic National Parks, and the North Cascades National Park. We know excellent private guides in the area that we can pair you with, who will show you out-of-the-way places and really help you get the most out of your visit. We know the best restaurants to recommend in the area and, as always, we will arrange for you to stay in local and luxurious accommodations.