Mount Rainier National Park For A Casual Visitor

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If you are from Seattle or have ever visited Seattle, Mt. Rainier needs no introduction. As you land, you can’t miss the towering snowcapped mountain even on a partly cloudy day. On a sunny day, even the pilot will announce that Mt. Rainier is out and you will feel bad that you are in the aisle seat while the guy in the window seat is hogging the entire view without letting you get even a peek.

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Don’t worry, on a clear day Mt. Rainier is visible from almost anywhere in Seattle. And if you do see Mt. Rainier do make it a point to visit the Mt. Rainier National Park. A couple of hours drive south-west of Seattle, this mountain dominates the horizon. And we have visited Rainier in every season possible sometimes camping in the summer, staying in log cabin in fall or skiing in winter. The park has numerous entrances with Paradise and Sunrise being the two most popular entrances.

There is something for everyone here: Short walks in subalpine meadows, wildflowers in July , glaciers, hike to Camp Muir for the more adventurous, waterfalls, reflection lakes, camping and even a technical climb to the top.

This post is all about casual visitor and top things to do in the national park when you want to drive into the park and enjoy it without thinking about gear, training and other technicalities -which is what we did on most trips!

1.  Take a subalpine walk amongst the meadows(both  from Sunrise and Paradise)

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2. Look for rainbows around the thundering waterfalls

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3.  Enjoy Mt Rainier’s reflection at Reflection Lake

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4.   Watch sunrise over Mt Rainier

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5.  Admire the glacier

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Do plan a trip this Summer once the roads to Paradise are open.Its bound to mesmerize you and make you come back over and over again!

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About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on April 22, 2013, in National Parks, Travel, USA and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oh how I miss Mt. Rainier! I used to live in Portland before I moved to California & then Bangalore, and regularly traveled up and down that route. The treks by the mountain are unbelievably gorgeous experiences aren’t they?!

    • Yes,they are. There was one around Sunrise where we hiked up amongst the trees and forest and suddenly beyond the turn came face to face with the Mountain. It was simply majestic.

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