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Alpine Aster Wildflowers

Wildflowers on the Sunrise Side of Mount Rainier

Mt. Rainer is revered for its extensive wildflower displays. During the summer months when the meadows are in peak bloom a hike to Dege Peak can yield sightings of approximately 20 varieties of blooms on our 4.2 miles out and back journey from the Sunrise parking lot. ...
Spring Family Fun

What to do with kids this spring near Mt. Rainier?

Of course, any time of year will provide visitors with a remarkable experience, but spring brings surprises and changes as the mountain and surrounding area transition from a long winter. Plus, don’t tell anyone else, you’ll find fewer crowds, giving you more space to take-in ...

Crystal Mountain Skiing ⛷ | Local Lens Seattle

No trip to Washington State is complete without a Mount Rainier experience! Local Lens Seattle went to Crystal Mountain (Washington’s largest ski resort) to try and learn how to ski. They had the best time enjoying the winter-playground for skiers, and non-skiers alike. Watch more ...

Winter Hike: Greenwater Lakes

Loads of snow that had accumulated on tree boughs showered us with glinting crystals as the sun rose. The wide, mostly flat trail makes an ascent of only 500 feet in two miles –most of that just below the first lake- and is very doable for young hikers and pets. ...
Nomad PNW

Nomad PNW Cafe and Coffee Shop

Nomad PNW is a cafe and coffee shop near the Carbon River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Visitors can expect mouthwatering pastries, delicious empanadas, along with epic coffee, and tea.  ...
Plateau Wine and Tapas

Plateau Wine and Tapas in Enumclaw

More than a wine store, Plateau Wines and Tapas offers good wine, delicious food, and yet another incredible retail experience in the heart of downtown Enumclaw. ...

Video: The Bucket List

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. This time we're featuring old friends reconnecting during a trip to Mt. Rainier. ...

Video: People of Rainier – Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa

Here we get to know Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa who grew up in the mountains of Nepal and moved to the Rainier region in 2008. He has climbed Everest 15 times - including a speed record of under 11 hours - and has summited Mount Rainier 94 times...and counting.  ...

Video: People of Rainier – Mountaineering Legends

Growing up in the shadow of Rainier - or 'Tahoma' as it is known in the Lushootseed language - Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribal Member Jeffrey Thomas has spent much of his life reacquainting himself with his historical homelands and working to protect them. ...

Video: Find Yourself at Rainier

Follow the stories of people whose lives have been changed by The Mountain as we highlight colorful characters and personalities of Mt. Rainier. Find yourself at Mt. Rainier. Here, a wanderlust-filled traveler finds friends, beauty and love as he discovers the wonders of the Rainier ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...