Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.

Mount Rainier National Park Info


Mount Rainier National Park

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News

Mount Rainier National Park Announces 2019-2020 Winter Operating Hours

Recent storms have set the stage for winter recreation at Mount Rainier National Park with enough snow at Paradise for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. However, the Paradise snow play area and winter camping remains closed due to insufficient snow depth.

Winter Storms Continue to Impact Park Operations

Winter weather and the resulting heavy snow load on trees continues to create hazardous driving and working conditions at Mount Rainier National Park. As a result, the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford is expected to remain closed throughout the holiday weekend.

Winter Storms Impact Park Operations

Winter weather brought heavy snow to Mount Rainier, forcing the closure of the gate at the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford. The closure began on Sunday, January 12th, and will continue through the holiday weekend due to hazardous road conditions.

Mount Rainier National Park Photos

High

Ernie Misner posted a photo:

High

A fun hike with my daughter, Vikki, took us up around 7,000 ft. and above Paradise on the Alta Vista Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park. It was a great day for it with enough clouds around the peak to make things interesting. When we came to this clearing looking south, we were dumbfounded to find the sea of clouds below us. It was a fun and easy one to shoot, just turning the polarizer until the saturation popped nicely.

Many thanks my friends for your warm and kind visits. You are the best! 💖

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ernie.misner

Building a ditch on SR 706

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Building a ditch on SR 706

Over the weekend of February 15, emergency contractor crews built a new ditch that would allow stream water to run alongside the highway instead of across it. This is part of the recovery efforts underway in getting the highway reopened to traffic.

Rainier, after sunset

bwellsea posted a photo:

Rainier, after sunset

Mount Rainier National Park, 2013
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Little Tahoma and Rainier from the Sunrise parking lot after returning to the car from a long day hike.

Landslide and debris flow on SR 706 outside Mt. Rainier National Park

WSDOT posted a photo:

Landslide and debris flow on SR 706 outside Mt. Rainier National Park

This photo shows the second of two slide locations where U.S. Forest Service Road #59 collapsed after driving road. This area is about 60-feet wide and 25-feet deep. Approximately 5,000 cubic yards of material fell down the hillside. It left a 400-foot-wide debris field across both lanes of State Route 706. It means the wet muck traveled 5oo-feet before it reached the highway.

Afterglow

writing with light 2422 (Not Pro) posted a photo:

Afterglow

I know, I know, another Rainier shot. Told ya I was out! :-)
taken just after the alpenglow died off, liked this spot better but just missed that golden couple minutes. taken above Shadow Lake, Sunrise area.

I put a box where the climbers are, unfortunately on here you can only see the blazed trail, but in lightroom I can see them well enough to count them. :-)

I was able to put the cropped version in comments, kinda cool.

All Lines Point to the Summit

RobertCross1 (off and on) posted a photo:

All Lines Point to the Summit

Clouds, contrails, glaciers, and trees – everything is pointing to the top of Mount Rainier, which, at 14,411 ft (4,392 m), is the tallest mountain in the Pacific Northwest.

An Eye Full

writing with light 2422 (Not Pro) posted a photo:

An Eye Full

Or maybe two. Last one from this hike I think, you get the idea. The mountain didn't take a bad pic that day, this one was taken while sitting on a rock and just watching the sky. I know it's another full day to the top, but it felt like I could just wander on up.
Meanwhile, we had measurable rain 30 of 31 days in January, actually couldn't tell you which day that it didn't so I'm out again. It's my goal to keep up, but you know how that goes, isn't as fun if you've nothin' to share.

Blow this up and look around, and if I catch you looking at it on your phone Ima stick my arms through yer screen box yer ears! :-)

Nisqually Sunset

clark_monson posted a photo:

Nisqually Sunset

I saw this lovely scene near the Nisqually Glacier overlook in Mount Rainier National Park and couldn't resist trying to capture it. Especially with the setting sun.

Alpenglow

clark_monson posted a photo:

Alpenglow

There was a little forest fire smoke in the air when I took this shot. Given the height of Rainier and the distance from where I was standing, it made for some lovely light.

The Ranger Mystique

writing with light 2422 (Not Pro) posted a photo:

The Ranger Mystique

I've seen photos of Falls Creek and Panther Creek Falls and they look amazing, but there is something about Ranger.
I love the approach, indeed the whole trail to it is wonderful, (I've now dubbed it waterfall trail due to the fact that it's mostly steps which water likes to run down as you are climbing up...) but you round a corner and head down a bit to the ROAR of water on your left at a lower fall and then THIS siren appears before you hidden in the forest where only fairies and butterflies live.
This is the only destination that I've gone to three times and when I left I turned back and stared at it for some time with the thought that this will probably be the last. Gads, at what age do we become weepy at everything! :-)
So next time that you are on or near the Puyallup River give a thought to one of its sources way up there waiting patiently for your visit.

To see it in all it's glory I've included the standard shot in comments it is glorious and worth your time.

As always, thanks for stopping by and blow it up and look around, lots to see and discover in there.

Longmire Meadows

writing with light 2422 (Not Pro) posted a photo:

Longmire Meadows

Early Winter version. I was working nights, well, off and on for a while now and I got up around ten and decided I had time to hit some highlights at the mountain before work, hence the Christine Falls and this one, just walk out of the car..... You can see why they settled here. I'll put a couple others from here in comments for reference.
the pic in comments tells the story of the area for those who missed it.

A Glimpse of Future Past

writing with light 2422 (Not Pro) posted a photo:

A Glimpse of Future Past

For those that don't know the story, the good people at Mount Rainier National Park attempted to make a sort of wonderland trail for cars so that we could circumnavigate the volcano and never leave the park. Mother nature put the nix on that one though, it seems that this baby here, the Carbon River refuses to stay put and continuously wiped out stretches of new road, now trail.... Blow this up and look at it closely, the rocks are round because of the force of the river tumbling and churning them along, (you can sit and listen to them grind as they go) trees are undermined and yanked downstream, great swaths of land disappear in a Winter, just visit Sunshine Point Campground, or rather it's remains if you doubt me. Mum Nature forms and reforms, gives and takes back at her discretion so enjoy it while you may.

ps. first patch of blue that I've seen in months and it didn't last
long....

pss. the story on Sunshine Point in comments

Yet Another...

writing with light 2422 (Not Pro) posted a photo:

Yet Another...

....view from Reflection lakes. I still have nuthin' new, one dive into the archives brought this one out, however. At this point I could fill a wall with shots from this special place. It's unusually rare to have water in front of Rainier, as tall as it is, there just isn't that many ops, it seems the water in the mountains is in a hurry to be elsewhere.... :-) 'Less' rain tomorrow is the forecast, wish me luck, by gum I'm going somewhere!

As always, thanks for stopping by and blow it up large to see it all.

Burroughs tundralands

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Burroughs tundralands

Mount Rainier National Park, 2012

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