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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.

Visit Rainier Launching Third Series in Centennial GeoTour July 1

Visit Rainier continues to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service by releasing the third series of its Centennial GeoTour this coming July 1. The organization has partnered with Mt. Rainier National Park and Washington State Geocaching Association to create a 100-cache educational GeoTour.

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.

Vote Now! Mount Rainier National Park Vies for Preservation Grant

Mt. Rainier National Park announced today it is participating in Partners in Preservation, a community-based partnership of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in hopes of winning funds to restore a historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabin in the Longmire Historic District to its original use.

5.31.16 Hike of the Week: Silver Falls Loop

Careening over a series of ledges before plunging 40 feet into a deep blue pool, Silver Falls is a dramatic sight. And it’s easily accessible. A very short trail leads to it from SR 123. But the best way to experience...

Babies Galore at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Not only is there a bison herd at Northwest Trek, there are five adorable bison calves, plus bighorn sheep lambs, three beaver kits and gaggles of goslings in the meadows, forests and wetlands

2016 Spring Opening Updates

Mount Rainier Superintendent Randy King advises that the park is making good progress on its annual spring opening process, and is pleased to announce many popular roads will open tomorrow, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

5.23.16 Hike of the Week: Snoquera Falls

From high on Dalles Ridge, Snoquera Creek plunges more than 400 feet down a sheer rock face. Resembling a scene straight out of Yosemite Valley, Snoquera Falls are indeed a sensational sight.

Exploring Kids’ Trek at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

“Boys! Quit squishing each other in there, you’ll get stuck!” Why 10-year-old boys choose to do things like smashing one another in nature park turnstiles, I’ll never know. We were just minutes from arguably the coolest new kids’ play area in the Pacific No...

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.

SR 410 over Chinook Pass will reopen May 17, 2016

MOUNT RAINIER – A snowy winter didn’t stop crews from plowing through State Route 410 over Chinook Pass and reopening the highway a week ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Chinook Pass will reopen Tuesday morning, May 17, on the east side at Morse Creek, 5 ...

5.16.16 Hike of the Week: Cowiche Mountain

Hike to the top of a broad windswept ridge savoring sunshine and sweeping views. Centerpiece to an old cattle ranch transformed into a nature preserve, wildlife and wildflowers are prolific on Cowiche Mountain.

5.9.16 Hike of the Week: Pinnacle Peak

It’s a short hike but stiff little climb to this forested knob that rises abruptly out of the surrounding farmed flats just outside of Enumclaw. Once the site of a fire lookout, a contested name, and nearly logged of its old growth in the 1980s, this little peak has a storied past.

Win a Set of Mt. Rainier Pints & $50 to the Mint

Win a set of North Drinkware's four handblown, 16 oz pint glasses with a replica of Mt. Rainier molded into the base of the glass and a $50 gift certificate to The Mint Restaurant & Alehouse in Enumclaw.