Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899. Mount Rainier is classified as an active volcano, the last time the volcano erupted was in 1894. The summit stands at 14,410 feet above sea level and is covered in snow the majority of the year. Even in the month of June there is still some snow in the forest areas. Mount Rainier towers above all other mountains and is impressive because of its massive size.
An absolutely stunning place to see the mountain is at Reflection Lake. The best time of day to go there is at sunrise when the water is calm and the light is just starting to hit the eastern slope of the mountain. If you wish to climb Mount Rainier,please be mindful that it is a very technical climb. You must have the proper gear and be in great physical condition or you can be seriously injured, or even die when attempting to climb to the summit. There is a fee to climb the mountain and guides are recommended.
The park is actually somewhat small, but there are countless things to do. There are plenty of turnouts and viewing areas to see the mountain and a large number of hiking trails. A very good turnout to photograph a beautiful waterfall and bridge is at Christine Falls. The mountain has a wide variety waterfalls and rivers all around the park to be explored.
Mount Rainier is a place of majesty where you can have a memorable adventure.
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