Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is a national park in Tacoma, Washington state that is situated in northeast Lewis County and southeast Pierce County. The national park was started on 2nd March 1899, as the United States’ sixth national park, safeguarding 369.3 sq mi; 956.6 km2 or 236,381 acres, including the whole 14,411-foot (4,392 m) stratovolcano Mount Rainier. With elevations varying from 1,600 feet to over 490–4,300 meters or 14,000 feet throughout the park, the mountain rises suddenly from the surrounding plain. The highest point in the Cascade Range is Mount Rainier. It is surrounded by waterfalls, valleys, 91,000 acres of old-growth forest, and subalpine meadows. More than 25 glaciers are against the volcano’s flanks, which are frequently enveloped in sky clouds that pour massive amounts of snow.

The circles of Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier, which are surrounded by snowfields and glaciers covering 91 km or 2 35 square miles. The Carbon Glacier is the largest glacier by volume in the United States, but the Emmons Glacier is the largest glacier according to the area. Mount Rainier is a mountaineering destination, with 10,000 travels every year and only about half of them reaching the summit.

Purpose Of The Park

The National Park’s mission is to safeguard and maintain the glaciated volcano, a beautiful icon of Mount Rainier, as well as its cultural and natural resources, dynamic and values processes, in their cultural and natural state. The park provides chances for visitors to learn about, care, and service for the park’s environment, as well as wild experiences and the preservation of wilderness ideals.


Mount Rainier National Park has a Mediterranean-influenced humid continental climate (Dsb) or a subarctic climate (Dsc), depending on elevation, according to the Köppen climatic classification system. The Plant Hardiness Zone at Sunrise Visitor Center (6,398 feet (1,950 m) elevation is 6a, according to the US Department of Agriculture, with an average annual extreme minimum temperature of -5.5 °F (-20.8 °C).

“Paradise is the snowiest area on Earth where snowfall is observed frequently,” according to the National Park Service. 93.5 feet (28,500 mm) of snow fell in 1971/72, setting a global record for that year. Following that, Mount Baker Ski Area received 95 feet of snow in the 1998/99 season (28,956 mm). On March 10, 1956, Paradise set the Cascade Range record for the most snow on the ground, with 30.583 feet (9,321.7 mm).

Major Attractions

On February 18, 1997, the entire park was named a National Historic Landmark District in appreciation of the area’s National Park Service Rustic-style architecture’s continuously high standard of design and preservation. There are 42 National Register of Historic Places listings in the park, including four National Historic Landmarks.

Sunrise Lodge (46.91°N 121.64°W) is a lodge and visitor center in the park’s northeastern section. It’s the highest point in the park that can be reached by car, at 6,400 feet (1,950 meters). Mount Fremont, Burroughs Mountain, and Sourdough Ridge are just a few of the miles of trails in the Sunrise area. A 10-mile (16-kilometer) detour from SR 410 near the White River entry leads to the resort.

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