Mount Rainier National Park

Snowmelt usually comes in late March or early April, which finally opens the trails of Mount Rainier. It can be muddy, but on the flip side you get rushing waterfalls (Comet Falls are spectacular) and fresh green fir forests aplenty.

Mount Rainier is an active volcano surrounded by sprawling meadows adorned with natural wildflowers and unique glacial landscapes. This fascinating national park encompasses major rivers and scenic views alongside an icy, snow-capped volcano.

One of the three Washington national parks, Mount Rainier is the largest/tallest cascade volcano. The park is incredible. Visit in the spring for the incredible wildflowers, come in the summer for the greatest access to hiking as the snow is melted away, enjoy the beautiful foliage in the fall, or take the daring drive in the winter to see the whole park blanketed in snow.

Geology, volcanic, hiking, camping

The Mount Rainier National Park emanates out from the hulking peak – the highest in the Cascades – that sits at its center and gives it its name. Wherever you are in the reserve, there’s rarely a moment when the snow-mantled summit of the mighty mountain won’t be within eyeshot. Around it swirls beautiful springtime wildflower meadows and gushing waterfalls fed by ancient glaciers. If you’re okay with staying off the main peak (reserved for the veteran mountaineers), there’s loads of alpine hiking and wildlife viewing to be had.

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