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Kitsap Peninsula Kitsap Peninsula Kitsap Peninsula
Puget SoundThe Kitsap Peninsula is for those who are drawn to the sea. Located in the heart of Puget Sound, the Peninsula is surrounded by over 300 miles of shoreline and is situated between the dramatic mountain Olympic and Cascade mountains ranges of Washington.
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Grays Harbor Grays Harbor Grays Harbor
Spend time for part of the day relaxing near the inspiring Pacific Ocean, then, if the mood strikes you, you could find yourself in a lush rain forest one hour later. Although water is a big part of Grays Harbor, there are still beautiful land-based places to visit and enjoy.
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Oregon's Mt Hood Territory Oregon's Mt Hood Territory Oregon's Mt Hood Territory
Northern OregonFrom majestic Mount Hood to the green and sprawling Willamette Valley, Oregon's Mount Hood Territory is a place to be explored. Enjoy conquering historic hiking trails or take on Mount Hood on skis for an experience not soon to be forgotten.
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Olympic Peninsula Olympic Peninsula Olympic Peninsula
If over 60 miles of pristine wilderness coastline sounds appealing to you, the Olympic Peninsula is the place to be. Several untouched beaches provide scenery which makes a perfect setting for a romantic stroll or a reflective solitary walk along the shore.
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Leavenworth Leavenworth Leavenworth
CentralLeavenworth is your Bavarian getaway this Spring & Summer! Come marvel at our authentic architecture, bask in our German experience wrapped in northwest hospitality. 300 days of sunshine, 700 miles of hiking trails and pristine lakes just outside our doorstep are waiting for you.
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Pullman Pullman Pullman
SoutheastFinding a reason to visit Pullman shouldn’t be difficult. Whether you are here to visit the prestigious Washington State University, attend a conference at one of our many industry-leading technology companies, or are here to enjoy one of our many community events Pullman is sure to please.
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Bellingham Whatcom County Bellingham Whatcom County Bellingham Whatcom County
Canadian BorderWe offer a break from the ordinary. With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, charming villages and water adventures like whale watching – Bellingham Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington state. Visit our website to plan your trip.
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Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater
WesternLooking to explore the best of Western Washington? Located on I-5, about halfway between Portland and Seattle, our region offers you the perfect vacation base camp. With the ocean, mountains (Rainier, St. Helens and the Olympic National Forest) and major metropolitan cities less then 90 minutes away, you are able to explore the area in all directions from one economical central location.
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Mount Rainier National Park - Orientation

Getting Around, Basic Info,...

Mount Rainier National Park consists of Longmire and Ohanapecosh, the alpine meadows of Paradise and Sunrise, or The Mountain itself. Take a minute to read through the information below to ensure you're properly oriented with what the park offers to ensure a great visit.

The Mountain - Mount Rainier

There is over 240 miles of trails in Mt. Rainier National Park, and most circle or approach Mount Rainier itself in some fashion. Hiking up to the base of the glaciers, one progresses out of the lush forest to subalpine wildflower meadows, and finally to fragile alpine hillsides.

Climbing the actual mountain is difficult, and not for everyone, with most climbers taking two to three days to reach the summit. Climbers must be well versed in glacier travel, and only roughly half of the attempts are successful. For your first summit attempt, hook up with a Mount Rainier Guide or Outfitter.

South of The Mountain

Longmire

In the southwest corner of the park, Longmire served as the original park headquarters. A museum highlights the early days of the park, and a historic set of hotels and inns provide rustic northwest lodging in this inland temperate rainforest. Some day hikes and sites around Longmire include:
  • Christine Falls - A very pretty waterfall, exceeded only by its ongoing popularity. A short walk takes you to the famous view of the falls below the original stone bridge.
  • Ricksecker Point Road ? 6 miles east of Longmire, this one-way road features epic views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding valleys and mountain ranges. Open during summer months only
  • Rampart Ridge Trail ? A 4.6 mile trail loop, with the trailhead along the Trail of the Shadows near the National Park Inn. A steep trail that passes through old-growth forests and offers incredible views.

    Paradise

    Famous for majestic alpine views and wildflower meadows, with over 600 inches of snow each year Paradise is a paradise for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter recreation. In addition to exploring the historic Paradise Inn, some hiking options open during the summer include:
  • Nisqually Vista Trail ? A 1.2 mile trail loop with excellent views of the nearby Nisqually Glacier
  • Bench & Snow Lakes ? Some of the best sub-alpine wildflower viewing can be had along this trail off Stevens Canyon Road.
  • Ohanapecosh

    In the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, Ohanapecosh is drier than Longmire and Paradise. Here visitors can explore the diversity of old-growth forests. Ohanapecosh is not plowed or accessible in the winter.
  • Grove of the Patriarchs ? The highlight of Ohanapecosh, this protected island of century old trees and pristine rivers is a must stop.
  • Silver Falls Trail - The Ohanapecosh River plunges 75 feet, and can easily be reached along a 3 mile trail.
  • Sunrise

    The aptly named Sunrise is the highest point in the park accessible by car, and its location on the east side of Mt. Rainier means that the first orange light of each day illuminates the top of the mountain well before the surrounding area.

    Awe-inspiring views of Mt. Rainier and nearby glaciers can be found nearby, and due to its proximity to the mountain, Sunrise is a great departing point for a backcountry hike or weekend backpack trip.

    • Glacier Basin Trail ? Wildflower meadows, mountain goats, and returning mountain climbers are just a few of the attractions leading to a view of Emmons Glacier, the largest glacier in the lower 48 states.
    • Sourdough Ridge Trail ? For a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding peaks extending to Mount Baker in the far north part of Washington, this 1 mile loop can't be beat.

    Carbon River and Mowich Lake

    Not as accessible as the other corners of Mt. Rainier National Park, the northwest corner is reachable by high clearance vehicles only, and the road is prone to flooding. Those that make is are rewarded with one of the most presine old-growth temperate rainforests in Washington. Temperate rainforests rarely occur this far inland, making this area unique in the world.

    Mowich Lake is the largest lake in the park, and the Mowich Lake Campground has numerous campsites to pitch a tent in the forest for a night.

    • Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail ? This short trail is a great way to start an exploration of the temperate rainforest.
    • Carbon Glacier Trail ? Although the glacier is not accessible ? and dangerous ? this 7 mile hike leads through old-growth forest to the base of Carbon Glacier.
    • Tolmie Peak Trail ? For those looking to bag a quick peak, this 6.5 miles hike takes you to the Tolmie fire lookout, and one of the best east facing unbroken views of Mount Rainier.

    Some Other Things To Know

    Pets
    Pets are welcome at Mount Rainier, but they and their owners must practice the following:

    • At all times, pets must be on a leash not more than 6 feet in length or in a cage.
    • At all times, pets must be with and under the control of their owners.
    • Owners must pick up and dispose of all fecal matter.

    At Mount Rainier, pets are NOT allowed in the following areas (service animals excepted):

    • On trails**
    • In wilderness and/or off-trail areas
    • Inside buildings
    • In amphitheaters
    • On snow

    **The Pacific Crest Trail is the one exception to this rule. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are permitted on the Pacific Crest Trail.

    Where are pets permitted at Mount Rainier?
    Pets are permitted in parking lots, campgrounds, and on paved roads. While in these areas, pets must, at all times, be leashed or crated and with their owners.

    For the safety of your pet and the benefit of park wildlife and other visitors, never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle or in the campground.

    Mount Rainier National Park does not have kennel facilities.

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    Kitsap Peninsula Kitsap Peninsula Kitsap Peninsula
    Puget SoundThe Kitsap Peninsula is for those who are drawn to the sea. Located in the heart of Puget Sound, the Peninsula is surrounded by over 300 miles of shoreline and is situated between the dramatic mountain Olympic and Cascade mountains ranges of Washington.
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    Grays Harbor Grays Harbor Grays Harbor
    Spend time for part of the day relaxing near the inspiring Pacific Ocean, then, if the mood strikes you, you could find yourself in a lush rain forest one hour later. Although water is a big part of Grays Harbor, there are still beautiful land-based places to visit and enjoy.
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    Oregon's Mt Hood Territory Oregon's Mt Hood Territory Oregon's Mt Hood Territory
    Northern OregonFrom majestic Mount Hood to the green and sprawling Willamette Valley, Oregon's Mount Hood Territory is a place to be explored. Enjoy conquering historic hiking trails or take on Mount Hood on skis for an experience not soon to be forgotten.
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    Olympic Peninsula Olympic Peninsula Olympic Peninsula
    If over 60 miles of pristine wilderness coastline sounds appealing to you, the Olympic Peninsula is the place to be. Several untouched beaches provide scenery which makes a perfect setting for a romantic stroll or a reflective solitary walk along the shore.
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    Leavenworth Leavenworth Leavenworth
    CentralLeavenworth is your Bavarian getaway this Spring & Summer! Come marvel at our authentic architecture, bask in our German experience wrapped in northwest hospitality. 300 days of sunshine, 700 miles of hiking trails and pristine lakes just outside our doorstep are waiting for you.
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    Pullman Pullman Pullman
    SoutheastFinding a reason to visit Pullman shouldn’t be difficult. Whether you are here to visit the prestigious Washington State University, attend a conference at one of our many industry-leading technology companies, or are here to enjoy one of our many community events Pullman is sure to please.
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    Bellingham Whatcom County Bellingham Whatcom County Bellingham Whatcom County
    Canadian BorderWe offer a break from the ordinary. With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, charming villages and water adventures like whale watching – Bellingham Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington state. Visit our website to plan your trip.
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    Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater
    WesternLooking to explore the best of Western Washington? Located on I-5, about halfway between Portland and Seattle, our region offers you the perfect vacation base camp. With the ocean, mountains (Rainier, St. Helens and the Olympic National Forest) and major metropolitan cities less then 90 minutes away, you are able to explore the area in all directions from one economical central location.
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