- We were here: August 17 and 18, 2017.
- Number of days needed: 1 day may be enough.
- My score: 3/5.
One of the oldest national parks in the United States, created in 1899 to show off its central mountain, Mount Rainier, a conical volcano considered occasionally active (its last eruption was 1,000 years ago) belonging to a chain that spans more than 1,000 km parallel to the west coast of North America, including the states of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and northern California. Its summit has the largest perpetual snow in the country except Alaska.
Given its shape and the layout of the park around it, the mountain is visible from any area, and the hiking trails to observe it expand from all cardinal points, and even encircle it by the Wonderland Trail, 150 km long. The same can be said of its other sisters mountains, and it is precisely the good and the bad of Mount Rainier:
- Being conical and standing alone, it looks almost similar wherever we are, so the main image is almost the same. Unless bad weather, we can not leave saying we have not seen Mount Rainier well.
- Both the mountain and the national park closely resemble those of Mount Hood and St Helens, relatively close sister volcanoes belonging to the same chain.
Of course look at the mountain is not everything. The subalpine landscape is very attractive, especially in summer, when the snow recedes and the hillsides are filled with flowers and marmots, but also tourists. It is certainly beautiful, and those hiking fans can spend days enjoying nature, with routes for all levels, from flat trails with many reflective lakes, to climb to the top, with its several glaciers. On the other hand, does not overflow originality, and those who prefer to flee from the masses can find very similar experiences and landscapes in each of the nearby volcanoes.
WHAT TO SEE
- SOUTH ZONE:
- BY CAR FROM COUGAR ROCK TO REFLECTION LAKES
- HIKING: FROM HENRY M. JACKSON VISITORS CENTER TO McCLURE ROCK
- EAST SIDE:
- BY CAR: STEVENS CANYON, GROVE OF THE PATRIARCHS AND SUNRISE VISITORS CENTER
- HIKING: FROM SUNRISE VISITOR CENTER TO BURROUGHS MOUNTAINS
- WHEN TO GO, CLIMATOLOGY AND HAZARDS
- HOW TO GET THERE
- HOW TO MOVE AROUND
- ACCOMMODATION AND WHERE TO EAT