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Video: Bring the Whole Family

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Here we focus on family. From the waters of the Puget Sound to the forests and vistas of 'The Mountain', the Rainier region offers the beauty and recreational opportunities for the ultimate family vacation experience.

11.7.16 Hike of the Week: Rampart Ridge

Hike along an old lava flow high above the Nisqually River Valley. While the way is mostly forested, there are a couple of decent views along the trail including a pretty awe-inspiring one of the mountain rising above the Kautz Creek valley.

Video: People of Rainier – Chef Ky Loop

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Here we get to get to know Chef Ky Loop of Kelly's Mercantile Restaurant in Enumclaw, WA.

10.31.16 Hike of the Week: Owyhigh Lakes

Hike through impressive stands of primeval forest to two subalpine lakes high above the White River Valley. The lakes are set in a meadow beneath the sawtooth multi-summited Governors Ridge—one of the most intriguing looking alpine landmarks within the park.

National Park Service to Rehabilitate Paradise Inn Annex

The Paradise Inn Annex will be closed beginning August 2017 through late spring 2019. This decision and its implementation will complete the rehabilitation of the Paradise Inn and Annex, concluding a project that began with the rehabilitation of the Inn from 2006 to 2008.

10.24.16 Hike of the Week: Comet Falls

Hike up a narrow rugged valley scoured by avalanches and roaring with the sound of raging water. It’s a stiff little climb past three thundering cataracts before reaching one of the most spectacular and tallest waterfalls within the park.

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.

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.

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!

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.

9.5.16 Hike of the Week: Crystal Mountain Loop

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.

Centennial Events this Week at Mt. Rainier

In recognition of the National Park Service’s anniversary date of August 25, 1916, throughout the National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the extended weekend dates of August 25 through August 28.

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.

8.15.16 Hike of the Week: Twin Sisters Lakes

This fairly easy hike to two beautiful lakes in the heart of the William O Douglas Wilderness is perfect for adventurers young and old alike. Set on a pumiced plateau pockmarked with hundreds of small lakes and adorned with ancient cinder cone volcanoes, the Twin Lakes also make for a great basecamp for further explorations.

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.

Enjoy Classical Music on the Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park is excited to announce that in celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial Birthday this year, the park will be hosting classical music performances by Music in the American West.

Hiking the Eastside Trail with Craig Romano

Brightly-colored, camera-friendly outfit? Check! Broken in trail shoes? Check! Moleskin to cover potential hot spots/blisters forming from said trail shoes? Check! Airplane bottles containing strong spirits should the hike go sideways and I’m lef...

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.

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 mountain, valley below, and neighboring peaks, ridges and basins.

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;

Moose Calf Born at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

“MOOSED” WELCOME NEWS: CALF BORN SUNDAY AT NORTHWEST TREK WILDLIFE PARK Male moose calf is the second birth in less than a year for 4-year-old mom Connie and dad Ellis EATONVILLE, Wash. – Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s recent baby boom continued on Sunda...

6.13.16 Hike of the Week: Eastside Trail – Lower

Hike a section of the round-the-mountain Wonderland Trail to a deep forested valley reverberating with crashing waterfalls. En route make an exciting crossing of the snow and ice fueled Nisqually River.

6.6.16 Hike of the Week: Paradise River

Hike a section of the round-the-mountain Wonderland Trail to a deep forested valley reverberating with crashing waterfalls. En route make an exciting crossing of the snow and ice fueled Nisqually River.