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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;  ...

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. ...

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  ...

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.  ...

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.  ...

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.  ...

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.! ...

Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coins

Registered volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin! ...

Northwest Trek Introduces Kids’ Trek

Nature-inspired playground will provide plenty of exercise along with integrated lessons about how children connect to the natural world through play and awareness of the plants and animals with which we share the Earth at Kids' Trek. ...

Sizzling Romantic Opportunities this Valentine’s Day

Drive out winter’s chill with a little volcanic romance this Valentine’s Day. Various lodging properties and dining establishments around Mt. Rainier are offering sweet specials on dinners and romantic getaways.  ...

First of the Season Skiing

My septuagenarian parents were hands-down among the coolest kids on the hill. Arc’teryx jackets, Patagonia pants, new Blizzard and K2 ...

Northwest Trek Admits Kids Free this December

Annual Winter Break event is set Dec. 26-27, and animals throughout the wildlife park will get treats featuring natural items like fruit cut into ornament shapes, plus evergreen trees and wreaths to explore. ...

Enjoy Winter Holidays at Mt. Rainier

In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27. ...

Fee-Free Day on Friday, November 27

In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27. ...

Help Out For Half Off at Northwest Trek

Visitors who bring two or more food items to the wildlife park between Nov. 6 and Nov. 29 will receive half off general admission, and they’ll be making a donation to the non-profit Emergency Food Network at the same time. ...

Hoot ‘N’ Howl and Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp at Northwest Trek

What better way to celebrate fall than with a rare nighttime trek through the forests of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park? The very festive Hoot ‘n’ Howl runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, and it’s unlike any other event of the year at the 725-acre wildlife park. ...