Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier recreation is embedded into the very DNA of Pacific Northwesterners. This is where The Mountaineers came to build the Wonderland Trail.
When you visit Mount Rainier, please remember to tread lightly so that others may enjoy this park for years to come. This mountainous region has been inhabited by indigenous peoples for over 9,000 years. You’re not the first visitor and you won’t be the last either.
Mount Rainier National Park by the numbers – this sprawling park measures in at 240,000 acres. Founded in 1899 (the fifth national park to be established), the eponymous mountain is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S. 280 species of wildlife.
Top 3 trails
The Wonderland Trail – built in 1915, this 85-mile loop is definitely not a day hike. Still, segments of the trail make for a lovely jaunt. This is the classic Mount Rainier hike. Fun fact – only 200 to 250 folks will hike the entire length of the trail each year.
Sunrise Center, Sunrise Peak – if you’re not into hiking (hey, that’s cool), you can drive to Sunrise Peak. Sunrise Center is the highest vehicle-accessible peak in the park at 6,000 feet. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the park with a big emphasis on wildflower meadows.
West Side Loop – this 115-mile loop tales about three hours to drive. It’s usually open by May, pending melted snow. The three-hour tour may take a bit longer as there are plenty of interesting landmarks to stop off at, not to mention natural photo ops aplenty.