Active Pursuits in Mount Rainier National Park | Frommer's (2023)

Outdoor Activities In & Near the National Park

HIKING & BACKPACKING:Hikers have more than 240 miles of trails to explore within the park, though the vast majority of park visitors do their hiking at only two places—Paradise and Sunrise. these two alpine areas offer the most scenic day-hiking opportunities, but they can be crowded.

At Paradise , the 5-mile Skyline Trail is the highest trail and climbs through beautiful meadows above the tree line. Views of Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and the Nisqually Glacier open up along this route. The Lakes Trail, of similar length, heads downhill to the Reflection Lakes, with picture-perfect views of the mountain reflected in their waters.

At Sunrise there are also numerous trails of varying lengths. Among these, the 5-mile Burroughs Mountain Trail and the 5.5-mile Mount Fremont Trail are both very rewarding—the latter even provides a chance to see mountain goats.

The park’s single most memorable low-elevation hike is the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail . This 1.5-mile round-trip trail is fairly flat (good for kids) and leads through a forest of huge old trees to a grove of 1,000-year-old red cedars on an island in the Ohanapecosh River. If you’ve never seen old-growth trees, this is a must. The trail head is near the Stevens Canyon park entrance (southeast entrance).

Another interesting (and easy) low-elevation walk is the Trail of the Shadows, a .75-mile loop trail in Longmire. This trail, which circles a wet meadow, leads past bubbling mineral springs.

There are also naturalist-led programs and walks throughout the spring, summer, and fall, and on winter weekends, there are guided snowshoe walks. Check the park newspaper for schedules.

(Video) Bear follows hiker along Mount Rainier path

WHITEWATER RAFTING:The Tieton River, which flows down the eastern slopes of the Cascades, is one of the state’s most popular rafting rivers. However, the rafting season lasts for only 10 days during the annual August/September drawdown of water from Rimrock Reservoir. Rafting companies offering trips on this river include Alpine Adventures (www.alpineadventures.com; tel. 800/723-8386) and River Riders (www.riverrider.com; tel. 800/448-7238 or 206/448-7238). Expect to pay $75 to $90.

WINTER SPORTS:There’s good cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing at Paradise, where 2-hour guided snowshoe walks, with snowshoes provided ($4 suggested donation), are offered daily between mid-December and early January and on winter weekends through March. You’ll find a ski touring and cross-country ski and snow-shoe rental shop at the National Park Inn at Longmire (tel. 360/569-2411). Snowboarding is popular throughout the year, though there is no lift to get you up the slope, and it’s about a 1 1/2-hour climb to the best snowboarding area.

Just outside the park’s northeast corner, off Wash. 410, is Crystal Mountain (www.skicrystal.com; tel. 360/663-3050 for general information, or 888/754-6199 for snow conditions), the state’s best all-around ski area due to the variety of terrain. You’ll pay $61 for an adult all-day adult lift ticket, $41 for seniors.

A Scenic Train Ride on Mount Rainier

From Memorial Day through October, the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad (www.mrsr.com; tel. 888/783-2611 or 360/492-5588) operates vintage steam and diesel locomotives and both enclosed and open passenger cars between the town of Elbe and the southwest entrance to the park. The trips last 1 1/2 to 2 hours and cost $29 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for children ages 4 to 12.


Outdoor Activities In & Near the National Park

HIKING & BACKPACKING:Hikers have more than 240 miles of trails to explore within the park, though the vast majority of park visitors do their hiking at only two places—Paradise and Sunrise. these two alpine areas offer the most scenic day-hiking opportunities, but they can be crowded.

At Paradise , the 5-mile Skyline Trail is the highest trail and climbs through beautiful meadows above the tree line. Views of Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and the Nisqually Glacier open up along this route. The Lakes Trail, of similar length, heads downhill to the Reflection Lakes, with picture-perfect views of the mountain reflected in their waters.

(Video) Snow melt runoff Paradise Mount Rainier

At Sunrise there are also numerous trails of varying lengths. Among these, the 5-mile Burroughs Mountain Trail and the 5.5-mile Mount Fremont Trail are both very rewarding—the latter even provides a chance to see mountain goats.

The park’s single most memorable low-elevation hike is the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail . This 1.5-mile round-trip trail is fairly flat (good for kids) and leads through a forest of huge old trees to a grove of 1,000-year-old red cedars on an island in the Ohanapecosh River. If you’ve never seen old-growth trees, this is a must. The trail head is near the Stevens Canyon park entrance (southeast entrance).

Another interesting (and easy) low-elevation walk is the Trail of the Shadows, a .75-mile loop trail in Longmire. This trail, which circles a wet meadow, leads past bubbling mineral springs.

There are also naturalist-led programs and walks throughout the spring, summer, and fall, and on winter weekends, there are guided snowshoe walks. Check the park newspaper for schedules.

WHITEWATER RAFTING:The Tieton River, which flows down the eastern slopes of the Cascades, is one of the state’s most popular rafting rivers. However, the rafting season lasts for only 10 days during the annual August/September drawdown of water from Rimrock Reservoir. Rafting companies offering trips on this river include Alpine Adventures (www.alpineadventures.com; tel. 800/723-8386) and River Riders (www.riverrider.com; tel. 800/448-7238 or 206/448-7238). Expect to pay $75 to $90.

WINTER SPORTS:There’s good cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing at Paradise, where 2-hour guided snowshoe walks, with snowshoes provided ($4 suggested donation), are offered daily between mid-December and early January and on winter weekends through March. You’ll find a ski touring and cross-country ski and snow-shoe rental shop at the National Park Inn at Longmire (tel. 360/569-2411). Snowboarding is popular throughout the year, though there is no lift to get you up the slope, and it’s about a 1 1/2-hour climb to the best snowboarding area.

Just outside the park’s northeast corner, off Wash. 410, is Crystal Mountain (www.skicrystal.com; tel. 360/663-3050 for general information, or 888/754-6199 for snow conditions), the state’s best all-around ski area due to the variety of terrain. You’ll pay $61 for an adult all-day adult lift ticket, $41 for seniors.

(Video) Mount Rainier avalanche on King 5

A Scenic Train Ride on Mount Rainier

From Memorial Day through October, the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad (www.mrsr.com; tel. 888/783-2611 or 360/492-5588) operates vintage steam and diesel locomotives and both enclosed and open passenger cars between the town of Elbe and the southwest entrance to the park. The trips last 1 1/2 to 2 hours and cost $29 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for children ages 4 to 12.

Biking

-- No trails are open to mountain bikes in Mount Rainier National Park. However, there are plenty of trails to ride at nearby Crystal Mountain and White Pass ski areas during the summer. Crystal Mountain is by far the most popular and is known for its grueling climbs and brake-turning downhills. Luckily, you can avoid much of the climbing by riding the lifts up. The lifts generally operate only on weekends. A good gravel road for great biking is Westside Road, which you can reach through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. It is completely closed to motorized vehicles after 3 miles. One of the best reasons to ride this road is the chance to get on some of the little-used west-side hiking trails (closed to bikes). Try strapping some hiking boots on your bike; this is a great way to get away from the crowds and see some of the rare, less crowded areas of the park. However, you might want to call ahead for information on the usage of Westside Road. Another option is Carbon River Road, closed to vehicles since the 2006, with 4.5 miles open to only bikes and pedestrians en route to the Ipsut Creek Campground and myriad trail heads.

Boating & Canoeing-- Located in the northwest corner of the park, Mowich Lake is a pristine little lake with a peekaboo view of the mountain from its west side. The water is incredibly clear, and it's fun to paddle around gazing down into the deep at the large logs and boulders lying on the bottom. Early morning and late afternoon are particularly good times. You might catch a glimpse of an otter, and in the evening, deer often feed in the meadows by the lake's edge. A walk-in campground beside the lake makes this a great spot for a weekend camping and paddling trip. Yes, there are even a few fish in the lake, if you want to try your luck.

Fishing-- The good news about fishing in Mount Rainier National Park is that no fishing license is required. The bad news is that the fishing isn't very good. However, there are some fish out there, and you're welcome to try to catch a few. Lots of people do. Remember that only artificial lures and flies can be used in the park, and some posted waters are closed to fishing. Ask for details.

(Video) March 12, 2022 Mt. Rainier Lenticular Timelapse

For the most part, glacial silt keeps Mount Rainier's rivers too cloudy for fishing in the summer. The Ohanapecosh River is one exception. This river, in the southeast corner of the park, flows clear throughout the summer and is designated for fly-fishing only. Anglers are encouraged to release the trout they catch. Most of the park's many lakes are home to one or another species of trout. In most cases, you have to hike in to fish. Some shorter hikes include Sunrise Lake (below Sunrise Point) and Louise, Bench, and Snow lakes, east of Paradise off the road to the Stevens Canyon Entrance.

Horseback Riding-- If you'd like to do some horseback riding, you have a few options in the area. In Elbe, you'll find EZ Times Outfitters, 18703 Wash. 706 (tel. 866/675-7700 or 253/350-1141; www.eztimeshorserides.com), which leads rides into the Elbe Hills State Forest. On the east side of the park, 19 miles east of Chinook Pass on Wash. 410, you'll find Chinook Pass Outfitter & Guides (tel. 800/726-3631 or 509/653-2633; www.chinookpass.com). East of White Pass on U.S. 12, you'll find Indian Creek Corral (tel. 509/672-2400; www.indiancreekcorral.com), near the shore of Rimrock Lake. Horse rides cost about $25 to $45 an hour.

Mountaineering-- Each year, more than 10,000 people set out to climb the 14,411-foot summit of Mount Rainier. That only slightly more than half make it to the top is a testament to how difficult the climb is. Although the ascent does not require rock-climbing skills, the glacier crossings require basic mountaineering knowledge, and the 9,000-foot climb from Paradise is physically demanding. Also, the elevation often causes altitude sickness. This is not a mountain to be attempted by the unprepared or the untrained; over the years, dozens of people have died attempting the summit. Because of the many difficulties presented by summit ascents at Mount Rainier, this mountain often serves as a training ground for expeditions headed to peaks all over the world.

The easiest and most popular route starts at Paradise, at 5,400 feet, and climbs to the stone climbers' shelter at 10,188-foot Camp Muir. From here, climbers, roped together for safety, set out in the middle of the night to reach Columbia Crest, the mountain's highest point at 14,411 feet. From the summit on a clear day, seemingly all of Washington and much of Oregon stretches below.

The best way for most of us to climb Mount Rainier is with somebody who knows what he or she is doing, and that means Rainier Mountaineering, Inc., P.O. Box Q, Ashford, WA 98304 (tel. 888/892-5462 or 360/569-2227; www.rmiguides.com); International Mountain Guides, P.O. Box 246, Ashford, WA 98304 (tel. 360/569-2609; www.mountainguides.com); and Alpine Ascents, 109 W. Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98119 (tel. 206/378-1927; www.alpineascents.com). Each offers a variety of mountaineering classes, as well as guided summer climbs. A class combined with the 2- or 3-day summit climb runs about $1,000 to $1,700.

Wildlife Viewing-- Hunting is prohibited in Mount Rainier National Park; consequently, deer, elk, and mountain goats within the park have lost their fear of humans. Anyone hiking the park's trails in the summer can expect to encounter some of these large mammals. Deer are the most common, although the park's mountain goats seem to command the greatest interest. Look for goats on Goat Island Mountain across the White River valley from Sunrise (use binoculars) on the Summerland Trail, on Mount Fremont (5.5-mile round-trip hike from Sunrise), and at Skyscraper Pass (7-mile round-trip hike from Sunrise).

Undoubtedly, the most seen mammals in the park are marmots, which resemble beavers but have round tails and live in the subalpine meadows. These big, shaggy members of the squirrel family are frequently seen lying on rocks soaking up the sun. They often allow people to get fairly close, but when alarmed, they let loose with a shrill whistle.

(Video) Mt Rainer Avalanche 1981

Wild animals are fun to see, but they are wild. For both their safety and yours, keep your distance.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

FAQs

What is special about Mount Rainier? ›

At a height of 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest volcanic peak in the contiguous United States. It has the largest alpine glacial system outside of Alaska and the world's largest volcanic glacier cave system (in the summit crater).

Is one day enough for Mount Rainier? ›

Definitely! You can see plenty of things and even do a hike or two in Mount Rainier as a day trip from Seattle. Mount Rainier is a short drive with great rewards even if you do not hike. I think any time spent in Mount Rainier is 1000000 times better than no time spent.

What city has the best view of Mt Rainier? ›

Just a short drive from downtown Olympia, Tumwater Hill offers a fantastic view of the entire South Puget Sound, including great views of the Capitol and Mount Rainier.

How active is Rainier? ›

Mount Rainier experiences about 20 small earthquakes a year, making it the second most seismically active volcano in the northern Cascade Range after Mount St. Helens.

Is Mt Rainier male or female? ›

Mountains are female. Boats are as well, bodies of water, even our vehicles.

What was the first national park? ›

Thanks to their reports, the United States Congress established Yellowstone National Park just six months after the Hayden Expedition. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law. The world's first national park was born.

How popular is Mt Rainier? ›

Nearly two million visitors a year come to Mount Rainier National Park for hiking, moutain climbing, backpacking, and more.

What is inside Mount Rainier? ›

Mineral Springs. Water from rain and snow melting on the upper slopes of Mount Rainier percolates down through fractures in volcanic rock where it is hydrothermally heated deep inside the volcano. This hot water then flows through subterranean fractures and mixes with cool shallow water.

Can a beginner hike Mt. Rainier? ›

Sunrise Nature Trail is the perfect hike for families or beginner hikers to enjoy wildflowers in bloom and catch a glimpse of Mt Rainier from high elevation. The trail begins at Sourdough Ridge trailhead and loops around in either direction to offer slightly more elevated views than those at the parking lot.

How long does it take to go through Mt Rainier National Park? ›

There are a couple different routes to get to Paradise: South on I-5 and Route 7, or east on 164 or 169 and 410. Either way, you are circling the mountain and it will take around 2-2.5 hours.

Can I climb Mount Rainier with no experience? ›

Mount Rainier is not a climb for inexperienced hikers or climbers. If you are interested in climbing Mount Rainier but do not have experience on glaciated mountains or are unfamiliar with crevasse rescue, do not attempt this mountain on your own.

Is Mount Rainier the snowiest place on Earth? ›

Washington's Mount Rainier is either the snowiest place on Earth, or a close runner up. From records collected over the past century, the average annual snowfall at Rainier's Paradise area is nearly 640 inches, or more than 53 feet.

What is the best time to visit Mount Rainier? ›

The summer and early fall is the best time to visit Mount Rainier National Park. This is when all of the roads will be open and many hiking trails will be free of snow. During the summer months, the weather is also the warmest and driest of the year. The wildflowers typically bloom from mid-July through mid-August.

Which trail is best for Mt Rainier? ›

Best Mt. Rainier Hikes
  • Bench and Snow Lake. Distance: 2.2 miles. ...
  • Naches Peak Loop. Distance: 3.3 miles. ...
  • Pinnacle Peak. Distance: 2.8 miles. ...
  • Glacier Basin. Distance: 7.8 miles. ...
  • Nisqually Vista Trail. Distance: 1.1 miles. ...
  • Myrtle Falls. Distance: 0.8 miles. ...
  • Summerland Trail. Distance: 10.1 miles. ...
  • Wonderland Trail. Distance: 93 miles.
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Is Mt Rainier still active? ›

Mount Rainier, an active volcano currently at rest between eruptions, is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. Its edifice, capped by snow and 25 glaciers, has been built up by untold eruptions over the past 500,000 years.

Is Mount Rainier becoming active? ›

Mount Rainier is behaving about as it has over the last half-million years, so all evidence suggests that the volcano will continue to erupt, grow, and collapse.

Is Rainier active or dormant? ›

Mount Rainier is an active volcano of the Cascade Range in Washington State, 50-70 km (30-44 mi) southeast of the Seattle–Tacoma metropolitan area.

Does Mt Rainier have a nickname? ›

Various Native American names for Mount Rainier were "Tahoma", "Takhoma", "Ta-co-bet", and several others.

Are there grizzly bears in Mt Rainier National Park? ›

Black bears can be found at Mount Rainier National Park and are one of the largest and most feared wildlife species there, according to the park's website. There are no grizzly bears at the park, public information officer Kevin Bacher said.

Is Mount Rainier the tallest in America? ›

4. The tallest: Standing more than 14,000 feet tall, Mount Rainier isn't just the tallest mountain in the Cascades—it's also the highest mountain in the entire state and fifth tallest in the lower 48 states.

What is the smallest national park? ›

What is the largest national park site? Smallest?
  • Largest: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, AK, at 13.2 million acres.
  • Smallest: Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, PA, at 0.02 acres.
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What 5 states have no national parks? ›

In fact, 20 states don't have any national parks at all. These include Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Why you should visit Mount Rainier National Park? ›

Boasting more than 260 miles of maintained trails winding through everything from old-growth forests to high subalpine meadows, Mount Rainier National Park offers tons of day hikes. Visitors will find everything from short family friendly trails to strenuous hikes leading to waterfall views.

How many people died when Mount Rainier erupted? ›

At least 400 (documented) people have died on Mount Rainier since then.

Can you swim at Mt Rainier? ›

Blue Swimming Hole Area

As we're sure you know, Mount Rainier is a big park, so your options for swimming here are also pretty diverse. That being said, the Ohanapecosh River's blue hole is a great place for summer swimming. It's a deep, calm pool where the canyon's rocks lean from all sides.

What do people do at Mt Rainier? ›

For the best experience, hike the Skyline Trail to Panorama Point, one of the best hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. Planning Your Time: Start with brunch at the Paradise Inn. Hike to Panorama Point and then spend the afternoon visiting the nearby sights such as Narada Falls, Reflection Lake, and Snow Lake.

Who is the youngest person to climb Mount Rainier? ›

At age 4, Johnny was the youngest person to summit Mt. Rainier. When he was climbing Everest, the Sherpas there nicknamed him "The White Sherpa."
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Utah teen becomes youngest ever to conquer 7 summits.
The 7 Summits
SummitLocationHeight
Vinson MassifAntarctica16,067 ft
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Why is Mt Rainier so hard to climb? ›

Rainier is one of the more demanding climbs in the west. It is a healthy blend of mixed climbing, crevasse movement, glacier traversing, and exposed areas. A general physical fitness is required to partake in many of the Rainer programs.

What is the success rate of climbing Mount Rainier? ›

A: It is estimated that over 500,000 people have attempted Mt. Rainier with about 200,000 summiting and around100 have died since 1887, mostly from falls or avalanches. The National Park Service states that about 10,000 attempt the summit summit each year and 50% succeed.

Which is better Sunrise or Paradise Mt. Rainier? ›

Sitting at an elevation of 6,400-feet in the parkland meadows of Yakima Park, Sunrise is Mount Rainier's highest visitor center. With close-up views of the massive Emmons Glacier, and hundreds of acres of meadows bursting with wildflowers; Sunrise rivals the more popular Paradise when it comes to scenic splendor.

Which is better Olympic National Park or Mount Rainier? ›

If you want to see a diverse landscape in one national park, be by the ocean, or explore a rainforest, Olympic National Park may be for you. If you would rather spend your time exploring around the tallest mountain in Washington or hike through wildflower fields, Mount Rainier National Park may be for you.

Is Mt. Rainier a hard hike? ›

Mt. Rainier is one of the largest and most challenging endurance climbs in the United States. It is the most imposing glaciated peak in the lower 48 States and has long been a premier training ground for experienced climbers.

Who is the oldest person to climb Mt. Rainier? ›

Bronka at age 77, climbing Mount Rainier. For years, Bronka and her husband, Ake, hiked regularly at Mount Rainier, including dozens of trips up to Camp Muir each season.

How should I prepare for Mount Rainier? ›

To train for Mt. Rainier, Start with:
  1. Hiking as much as possible on trails with elevation gain.
  2. A good gauge is being able to carry a 40 lb pack on a 2000 ft elevation hike in about 2 hours.
  3. Run 10-14 miles per week.
  4. Focus on building leg strength.
  5. Focus on endurance.
  6. If possible climb Mt. Baker, Mt.

How much training is needed to climb Mount Rainier? ›

Most people will need to train for a Mount Rainier climb for at least 4-6 months. THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY TRAINING FOR ARE: Hiking with a 40+ lb backpack for 5-6 hours at a time. Steep climbing and glacier travel with a 15-20 lb backpack.

Who got the most snow? ›

Weather stations with highest snowfall in the United States by state, 1985-2015
StatePlaceAverage annual snowfall
1. WashingtonParadise, Mount Rainier645.5 inches (1,640 cm)
2. OregonTimberline Lodge Ski Area551 inches (1,400 cm)
3. UtahAlta456.9 inches (1,161 cm)
4. CaliforniaSoda Springs411.6 inches (1045 cm)
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What is the snowiest city in the US? ›

Syracuse, New York: 127.8 inches

Syracuse takes home the crown as the snowiest city in America, averaging 127.8 inches each winter. That's just shy of 11 feet of snow, most of which is courtesy of the large body of water to its northwest: Lake Ontario.

Who gets the most snow in the world? ›

Aomori City, Japan

By many accounts, Aomori City is the snowiest place on the planet, receiving around 312 inches of snowfall per year. In general, Japan receives more snowfall than anywhere else, so if you love snow, this is the place to be in the winter.

What do you wear to Mount Rainier? ›

Clothing
  • Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (1–2 pairs)
  • Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
  • Midweight wool or synthetic socks (2 pairs)
  • Lightweight long underwear top.
  • Lightweight long underwear bottoms.
  • Midweight long underwear top.
  • Fleece or soft-shell jacket.
  • Midweight puffy jacket with hood.
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Can you drive through Mt Rainier National Park? ›

Curves of the road reveal spectacular views to the best advantage to those traveling along them. Even if you never step foot outside your vehicle, a drive through Mount Rainier National Park can be a rewarding experience.

Can you hike Mt Rainier in a day? ›

The hike should take you about 2 hours without long stops. For this Mount Rainier Day trip from Seattle I recommend eating lunch after this hike in your car because you'll be taking a nice 50-minute drive toward the Sunrise area.

Can you climb Rainier in a day? ›

Donahe, like almost every climber who does this route, took three days to reach the 14,411-foot summit of Rainier. Most climbers take an entire day just to hike to the base of the route. Edwards and Nicoletti did the entire route in 21 hours.

Is Mt Rainier The tallest volcano? ›

With a summit elevation of 14,411 ft (4,392 m), it is the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Washington and the Cascade Range, the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States, and the tallest in the Cascade Volcanic Arc.
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Mount Rainier
Isolation731 mi (1,176 km)
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How did Rainier get its name? ›

Early Explorers

Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy observed the mountain while surveying the Pacific coast in 1792 and decided to name the mountain after his friend, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier. Mountaineers made some of the first non-native incursions on land, eager to summit the iconic peak.

Can you swim at Mount Rainier? ›

Blue Swimming Hole Area

As we're sure you know, Mount Rainier is a big park, so your options for swimming here are also pretty diverse. That being said, the Ohanapecosh River's blue hole is a great place for summer swimming. It's a deep, calm pool where the canyon's rocks lean from all sides.

When did Rainier last erupt? ›

The last major eruption of Mount Rainier was in 1894. Early residents of Tacoma and Seattle reported seeing explosions on the summit, but it could get much worse. 5,000 years ago, a massive eruption blew several thousand feet off the top and superheated mudslides called lahar sped across the terrain.

Who owns Mount Rainier? ›

Mount Rainier National Park
Area236,381 acres (956.60 km2)
EstablishedMarch 2, 1899
Visitors1,518,491 (in 2018)
Governing bodyNational Park Service
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What tribes lived in Mount Rainier? ›

The land administered as Mount Rainier National Park has been since time immemorial the Ancestral homeland of the Cowlitz, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin Island, Yakama, and Coast Salish people.

Does Mt Rainier smoke? ›

Rainier appeared to show emissions from the active volcano. After a video of the event surfaced on social media, the United States Geological Survey quickly squashed rumors that the appearance of smoke from Mt. Rainier was anything other than normal activity from an active volcano.

Are there bears Mt Rainier? ›

Mount Rainier National Park contains a wide variety of wildlife species. Among the largest and most feared are the black bear and the mountain lion.

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