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Mount-Rainier is an active volcano that towers over Pierce County, Washington in the Cascade Mountain Range. It is located about 54 miles southeast of Seattle. Mount Rainier is the most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range. The mountain and the surrounding area are protected within the Mount Rainier National Park. The summit of Mount Rainier is topped by two volcanic craters, each over 1,000 feet in diameter with the larger east crater overlapping the west crater. The most recent recorded volcanic eruption was between 1820 and 1854. Although Mount Rainier is an active volcano, as of 2010, there was no evidence of an imminent eruption. However, an eruption could be devastating for all areas surrounding the volcano. Mountain climbing on Mount Rainier is difficult, involving traversing the largest glaciers in the U.S. south of Alaska. Most climbers require two to three days to reach the summit. Climbing teams demand experience in glacier travel, self-rescue, and wilderness travel. Mount Rainier National Park offers hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and back-country skiing. The National Park encompasses 368 square miles, including the mountain. It is one of the U.S.'s earliest National Parks and features old growth forest, waterfalls, wildflower meadows and more than 26 glaciers. The area of the park called Paradise is the most popular destination for visitors, home to the historic Paradise Inn, built in 1916. The National Park Service states that Paradise is "the snowiest place on Earth."

Surrounding areas: Packwood, Washington (18.7 mi), Puyallup, Washington (33.0 mi), Easton, Washington (37.0 mi)

Mount Rainier Vacation Rentals




Mount Rainier Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Crest Trail LodgePackwood, WA18.7 mi.(360) 494-4944
Alta Crystal Resort68317 State Rt 410 EGreenwater, WA20.6 mi.(206) 663-2500
Mill Village Motel210 Center St EastEatonville, WA23.6 mi.(360) 832-3200
Best Western Park Center Hotel1000 Griffin AveEnumclaw, WA25.3 mi.(360) 825-4490
Pack Forest Conference Center9010 453rd St EastEatonville, WA25.9 mi.(206) 685-4485

Mount Rainier Weather & Climate

Mount Rainer weather patterns are strongly influenced by the Pacific Ocean, elevation, and latitude. The climate is generally cool and rainy, with summer highs in the 60s and 70s. While July and August are the sunniest months of the year, rain is possible anytime, and very likely in spring, fall, and winter. The weather at Mt. Rainier is very changeable. Snow will remain at the 5,000 to 8,000 feet elevation well into mid-July. Visitors are advised to have extra clothing, rain gear, and a tent for protection against storms anytime of the year. Some of the greatest seasonal snowfalls and snow depths in the United States have been recorded on the slopes of Mt. Rainer. @

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 20°F 18.21 in. -
February 34°F 21°F 13.93 in. -
March 36°F 22°F 12.87 in. -
April 41°F 25°F 9.00 in. -
May 47°F 30°F 5.51 in. -
June 53°F 36°F 3.92 in. -
July 61°F 41°F 2.16 in. -
August 63°F 43°F 2.28 in. -
September 57°F 39°F 4.74 in. -
October 47°F 32°F 8.53 in. -
November 35°F 23°F 19.07 in. -
December 32°F 20°F 19.72 in. -

Mount Rainier Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Seattle Tacoma International airport (SEA) located about 47 miles northwest of Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington, the Tacoma Narrows airport (TIW) located approximately 47 miles northwest of Mount Rainier in Tacoma, Washington, the Renton Municipal airport (RNT) located roughly 48 miles northwest of Mount Rainier in Renton, Washington, Boeing Field King County International airport (BFI) located around 52 miles northwest of Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington, the Olympia airport (OLM) located about 54 miles west of Mount Rainier in Olympia, Washington, Bowers Field (ELN) located approximately 58 miles east of Mount Rainier in Ellensburg, Washington, and finally the Chehalis Centralia airport (CLS) located roughly 59 miles west of Mount Rainier in Chehalis, Washington.

Mount Rainier Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Puyallup FairPuyallupWA33.0 mi.
Wild Waves and Enchanted VillageFederal WayWA40.5 mi.
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA54.3 mi.
Fun Forest Amusement ParkSeattleWA57.4 mi.
 
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA40.5 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Tanwax Greens Golf CourseEatonvilleWA23.4 mi.
Maple Grove GolfRandleWA25.0 mi.
Enumclaw Golf CourseEnumclawWA25.2 mi.
High Cedars Golf ClubOrtingWA25.5 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA78.4 mi.
Cooper SpurPortlandOR102.7 mi.
Mount Hood MeadowsPortlandOR102.7 mi.
Mount Hood SkibowlGovernment CampOR108.2 mi.
 
State Parks
Federation Forest State ParkWA19.7 mi. 
Nolte State ParkWA28.1 mi. 
Black Diamond Bridge State ParkWA29.6 mi. 
Black Diamond Bridge Site State ParkWA29.8 mi. 
Flaming Geyser State ParkWA30.2 mi. 
Green River Gorge State ParkWA30.5 mi. 
Kanaskat-Palmer State ParkWA31.1 mi. 
Lake Easton State ParkWA37.8 mi. 
Twin Falls State ParkWA39.6 mi. 
Rigney State ParkWA39.9 mi. 
 
Museums
Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll ArtBellevueWA55.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Nordic Heritage MuseumSeattleWA57.4 mi.(History)
Washington State Museum of History and IndustrySeattleWA57.4 mi.(History)
Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureSeattleWA57.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
University of Washington Fish CollectionSeattleWA57.4 mi.(Science)
Museum of FlightSeattleWA57.4 mi.(Technology)
International Shoah Art MuseumSeattleWA57.4 mi.(Art)
Children's MuseumSeattleWA57.4 mi.(Children's)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA23.6 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA41.5 mi.
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA57.4 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA57.4 mi.
Oregon ZooPortlandOR102.7 mi.


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