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10.17.16 Hike of the Week: Glacier Basin

Hike along a roaring glacier-fed river to a stark rugged basin flanked by rock and ice and fed by a series of silver cascades. En route, traverse majestic stands of old-growth conifers and cross a series of tumbling creeks.  ...

10.10.16 Hike of the Week: Alta Vista

Follow a paved path to a little promontory in Paradise Park for some excellent panoramic viewing. While a tad steep in spots, this trail is ideal for neophyte hikers, visitors to Paradise short on time, and adventurers of all ages and walks of life. ...
Crystal Lakes

10.3.16 Hike of the Week: Crystal Lakes

Tucked in a cirque high above the Mather Memorial Parkway are a pair of sparkling subalpine lakes beloved by hikers of all ages and abilities. Hike to the Crystal Lakes in early season for a dazzling floral show.  ...
Paradise Glacier

9.26.16 Hike of the Week: Paradise Glacier

Hike this trail for solitude. Its breathtaking close-up views of the mountain and the Paradise Glacier are enticing too. There’s also a sparkling tarn along the way, and a slew of waterfalls to keep you mesmerized as well. ...

9.19.16 Hike of the Week: Gobblers Knob

The old-growth forest along the way is magnificent and Lake George makes for a nice lunch spot; or if you’re inclined to spend the evening—a great camping spot. And the views? Breathtaking to the point that you just may need a little resuscitation! ...

9.19.16 Hike of the Week: Gobblers Knob

The old-growth forest along the way is magnificent and Lake George makes for a nice lunch spot; or if you’re inclined to spend the evening—a great camping spot. And the views? Breathtaking to the point that you just may need a little resuscitation! ...
Kautz Creek

9.12.16 Hike of the Week: Kautz Creek

Most folks know Crystal Mountain as a topnotch ski resort. But ambitious hikers can enjoy this long broad multi-summited mountain, too. Follow an adventurous trail through forests, meadows, and across ski slopes to a ridgeline traverse of the lofty mountain. ...

Huckleberry Picking in the Foothills of Mt. Rainier

Cascade Huckleberries are deep blue and are found in sub-alpine coniferous woods and alpine meadows at elevations between 2,000-6,000 feet. They are extremely flavorful due to high concentrations of esters and ketones, and are usually ripe in August. ...

8.29.16 Hike of the Week: Mount Fremont Lookout

Hike to one of the four remaining fire lookouts in Mount Rainier National Park. Perched on an open 7,181-foot knoll on rocky Mount Fremont, this historic structure is the highest of the park’s lookouts.  ...

Celebrating the Centennial in Two of Washington’s National Parks

Part of the beauty of living in Washington State is enjoying its diverse geography. This was in mind when my preteen and I embarked on a six day, two-park tour to visit Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park to celebrate the Centennial of the Park Service.  ...

8.22.16 Hike of the Week: Bench and Snow Lakes

Hike to two little subalpine lakes tucked within the craggy and spired Tatoosh Range. One sits at the edge of a shelf offering breathtaking views of Mount Rainier—the other lies in a talus-strewn cirque beneath the highest point in the Tatoosh Range. ...
Sheep Lake / Sourdough Gap

8.8.16 Hike of the Week: Sheep Lake / Sourdough Gap

Head out on an easy two-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) relishing in sweeping views and dazzling wildflowers. Then take a break at a pretty little subalpine lake in a basin flush with meadows and wildlife. Soak your feet, go for a dip or take a nap.  ...

8.1.16 Hike of the Week: Tolmie Peak / Eunice Lake

This is a great family-friendly hike from Mount Rainier National Park’s largest lake to one of its four remaining historic fire lookouts. En route wander through old growth hemlock groves and beneath steep rock walls of columnar basalt. ...
Henskin Lake

7.25.16 Hike of the Week: Henskin Lake

Long before Crystal Mountain was a top notch ski resort, it was part of bustling mining area known as the Summit Mining District. Before lifts and ski trails traversed this high broad mountain bordering Mount Rainier National Park; pack trails and narrow gauge roads crisscrossed the ...
Shoe Lake (Pacific Crest Trail South)

7.18.16 Hike of the Week: Shoe Lake

It’s a long hike to Shoe Lake, but not overly difficult. Follow the well-graded Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) through cool forest and along an open craggy ridge to this pretty little lake tucked in an open alpine meadow. ...

6.20.16 Hike of the Week: Cora Lake

It’s a mere .7 mile hike along Big Creek through groves of big trees to this pretty lake tucked in a cirque beneath the serrated Sawtooth Ridge. The easiest hike in this jagged cluster of peaks just south of Mount Rainier National Park;  ...
Mazama Ridge HIke August 2013

Kids’ Quest for Wildflowers

On this Quest you can visit three major life zones on the mountain to experience the splendor of their wildflowers. You will find the best spots to enjoy flowers and learn some of their secrets. ...

Video: People of Rainier – Kim Kircher

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Meet the People of Rainier - Kim Kircher, Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol.  ...

New Stamp Highlights Mount Rainier National Park Night Sky

A stunning star trail photograph comprised from 200 images was previewed today to celebrate Washington’s Mount Rainier as the 13th of 16 National Parks Forever Stamp series to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. ...

Video: Happy Birthday to the National Park Service

The National Park Service is turning 100 this year - and celebrating with a park-inspired version of the Birthday Son! From amazing wildlife, to rangers and even train whistles, everyone and everything is in on the action.! ...

Check out the Paradise Snowplay Area

Check out the Paradise Snowplay Area at Mt. Rainier consists of two sledding troughs, about 100-yards in length, capped by runaway ramps at the base.  ...

Cutting the Family Christmas Tree

Cutting the Family Christmas Tree, driving to the hills to pick out our family Christmas tree is all part of our holiday experience. ...

Enjoy a Fall Color Drive Around Mt. Rainier

Fall color around Mt. Rainier is best enjoyed in September and October, as crowds have gone and snow hasn’t yet fallen, so most thoroughfares remain open.  Skate Creek Road between Packwood and Ashford offers a host of autumn hues and miles of twisty pavement, pleasing for both ...

A Snowshoe Trek and Relaxing Night Away

All at once, it lies before you. Gnomes in homes, some with vocations such as woodcutters and fisherman, line both sides of the trail. Forest sprites in all shapes, sizes and colors peer out from their abodes in smiling welcome. ...

Go for a Keeper Tour at Northwest Trek

The quiet vocalizations made by a contented moose are both unexpected and charming. In order to be privy to these rare sounds, one needs to be closer than the average viewer. The same holds true for the distinctive scent of bison and big horned sheep, and ...

Fall in the Park

Slowly but surely, fall has slowly begun to take hold at the park. Leaves are beginning to turn, the evenings become brisk, and the crowds begin to thin. Autumn at Mount Rainier; it's simply a stunning time to visit the park. ...