Mount Rainier National Park

Are you looking for a refreshing, soothing experience with nature? Then consider visiting one of our nation’s nearly 400 national park areas.

Today, Travel Explorations takes you to Mount Rainier National Park located just north of Seattle. Mount Rainier National Park is a source of inspiration! Here you can: learn about glaciers. Discover life in a rainforest. Hike the Wonderland Trail. Explore subalpine ecology. Watch clouds shroud the mountain and disappear. Study geology. Experience a mountain meadow. Listen to a glacier crack.


Silver Falls is just one of the many waterfalls cascading through the Park. When you visit, stand still and listen to this delightful sound. Take time to absorb the fresh scent of living trees and soil.

Mount Rainier was established as a National Park in 1899, making it one of our nation’s oldest national parks. Yellowstone is the nation’s oldest having been established in 1872. The Park is a mountain wonderland famous for its dense forests, dazzling wildflower meadows, tremendous snowfields, and rugged glaciers.

Mount Rainier is an active volcano and is a reminder of the beauty and power of nature. The Cascade Range has been active for millions of years. It is located on the western edge of the North American tectonic plate.

The mountain we see today is relatively young in geologic terms: it formed a half-million years ago. Like Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier has the potential to erupt again, but scientists expect ample warning before such an event would occur.

Longmire was originally the site of Longmire’s Medical Springs that James Longmire and his family developed beginning in 1888. It is now a national historic site and the Park’s headquarters.

The National Park Inn at Longmire is open for guests year-round. It also houses a restaurant. The view from the rustic Inn’s front porch is spectacular! We sat on the porch having dessert and drinking in the beauty of Mountain Rainier’s snow-capped summit.

Do you think there is a Paradise on earth? There is at Mount Rainier! When James Longmire’s daughter-in-law first saw the subalpine meadow she exclaimed “This must be what Paradise is like!” Paradise is world-famous for its glorious views and wild-flower meadows. The Paradise Inn is open only in the summer. In September, fall colors turn the hillsides crimson.

A site called Sunrise is the highest point in the Park reachable by vehicle at 6,400 feet.

A number of rivers and streams meander through Mount Rainier National Park.

The Carbon River is named for the coal deposits found in the Park’s northwest corner. The River feeds into Mowich Lake.

Mount Rainier National Park features several interpretive trails ranging from less than a mile to the 93-mile Wonderland Trail. Many shorter hikes are suitable for all ages

Climbing Mount Rainier is hazardous and requires skill, proper equipment and excellent physical condition. Guide services are available.

In winter, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and tubing available.

If you are a senior citizen age 62 years or over, you can buy a lifetime pass to our National Parks for $10. What an incredible value!

If you would like to leave the driving to others, consider a National Parks of America motor coach tour that begins in Scottsdale, Arizona, and ends at Yellowstone. This tour includes the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone. Get the details from your professional travel agent.

Enjoy your national parks!

Katherine Statrom


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