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Mount Rainier National Park

Carbon River Area- The Carbon River General Forest Area lies on the northern flanks of Mt. Rainier. The region includes the only temperate rain forest on Mt. Rainier as well as the Carbon Glacier.
Ohanapecosh Area- This area composes the southwestern corner of Mt. Rainier National Park. It lies along State Road 123 in the Upper Ohanapecosh River Valley.
Paradise Area- This area of Mt. Rainier National Park lies south of the mountain at the snout of the Paradise and Nisqually Glaciers. It is very popular and often crowded during the summer.
Sunrise Area- Sunrise lies in the northeastern portion of Mt. Rainier National Park at the end of White River Road. It provides access to hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, picnicking, camping and viewing exhibits and scenery.

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Mount Rainier National Park
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Mount Rainier National Park
Description - Mount Rainier National Park encompasses 378 square miles on and around Mount Rainier in central Washington. The highlight of the park is the largest single-peak glacial system in the United States, that radiates from the summit and slopes of the ancient volcano. This peak supports dense forests and subalpine flowered meadows on its flanks.

Recreation - Mount Rainier National Park offers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities, from easy guided walks with park rangers to mountain climbing and scenic driving. Backpacking and photography are also popular summer activities, while winter offers winter camping, tubing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.

Four visitor centers in the park provide information and permits needed for further activity at park facilities. Information centers are located at Longmire Museum, Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center, Ohanapecosh Visitor Center and Sunrise Visitor Center. In the summer, park rangers conduct interpretive nature programs, evening programs at campgrounds, children's' programs and guided walks park wide. In the winter, guided snowshoe walks are conducted in the Paradise area. Further information about these programs is available at the visitor centers.

The park contains over 240 miles of trails, that are generally accessible by mid late June or early July. The road from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise (SW entrance) is open year round (daylight hours only in winter), although snow or avalanche conditions may cause temporary closures. Several other roads throughout the park are open during the summer months only. During the winter, vehicles should be equipped with all season tires and carry tire chains, in case of inclement weather.

Six campgrounds provide approximately 600 individual and five group sites throughout the park. Each campground varies in facilities, accessibility, elevation and site availability. There is a 14-day camping limit in all campgrounds during July and August. Reservations are required at the Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh Campgrounds between June 28 and Labor Day and can be made in advance through the National Park Reservation Service. No utility hookups are available in campgrounds. All other campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis

Hikers and Backpackers have a wide range of opportunities within the park. The hiking season normally extends from early July through early October, when the high country should be relatively free of snow. Trails at lower elevations may open earlier and remain open longer.

Mountain climbing is popular on Mt. Rainier and the park provides challenging terrain for climbers who are fit, experienced in glacier travel and well equipped. Registration prior to climbing is required.

Climate - July and August in Washington are generally sunny and mild, with the chance of showers. The rest of the year is usually quite rainy, with heavy snowfall from November through April. Rain gear is recommended year round.

Location - The park is located in west-central Washington, approximately two hours from Seattle. It lies within the Cascade Mountains and is surrounded by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

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Contact Information:
Mount Rainier National Park, P.O. Box 268 , Ashford, WA, 98304-9751, Phone: 360-569-2211

Additional Information:
Seattle Area -
Seattle Area/Volcano Country - This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
Washington National Forests and Parks - Washington has an abundance of National Forests. There are six national forests within the state.

Mount Rainier National Park - Official agency website


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