Which mountain is visible from Seattle

Mount Rainier National Park


The mountain calls! On a clear day, the 4,392-meter-high, snow-capped volcanic giant Mount Rainier is clearly visible from Seattle, 85 kilometers away. In winter, the area is ideal for all kinds of fun in the snow: for skiing and sledding as well as for "snowshoeing" and wild trips in snowmobiles. Even in summer, the mountain always offers an impressive panorama, waterfalls, glaciers, wildflowers, blackberries, breathtaking sunrises and many hiking trails for the ascent.

The Mount Rainier National Park is located in western Washington state and is easily accessible from Seattle, Tacoma or Portland. It was established on March 2, 1899 as the fifth national park in the United States.

In the center of the rain-rich park, the 4392 m high rises Mount Rainier, an active volcano, with several glaciers and snow fields high above the surrounding area, which is about 500 m above sea level. Because of the high humidity, the mountain is often shrouded in clouds for weeks. Mount Rainier is that highest point of the Cascade Range, around it there are valleys, waterfalls and subalpine flower meadows. The mountains of the Cascade Range have been volcanically active for millions of years, they are located close to the North American tectonic plate.

Mount Rainier is circled by the 150 km “Wonderland Trail”, laid out in 1916, and more than 20 glaciers. The Carbon Glacier on the north side is the largest glacier by volume in the continental United States, during the Emmons Glacier in the east is the largest glacier in terms of area. A total of 480 kilometers of hiking trails lead through the park, most of which are free of snow from mid-July to September. Mount Rainier is also very popular with mountaineers, with around 10,000 attempts per year about 50% make it to the summit.

About 1.8 million people visit the Mount Rainier National Park yearly. The main visiting time is June to September, with July and August being the driest and warmest months. Lying within the park five touristic areas, four of which have visitor centers (Longmire Museum, Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, and Sunrise Visitor Center). The two visitor centers in Longmire and Paradise are open all year round, but the one in Paradise only on weekends in winter.

Destinations in Mount Rainier National Park


Hiking trails with great views
In Longmire in the southwest corner of the park is the National Park Inn, Longmire Museum and Wilderness Information Center. more +

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Magnificent views of the panorama
Paradise is famous for its wonderful views of the panorama and the splendor of the flower-filled meadows. more +

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Giant trees up to 1000 years old
The area lies in a deep valley between old trees. A popular destination is the spectacular Silver Falls. more +

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Mountain meadows offer views of glaciers
Around Sunrise there are numerous hiking trails through mountain meadows with wildflowers and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier. more +

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Carbon River and Mowich Lake

Lonely area for hikers
Here you can stroll through the only rainforest in the park on a short hiking trail. more +

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Park roads run from the southwest entrance through the southern and eastern parts of the park halfway around the mountain and connect the main visitor centers. The Nisqually entrance in the southwest of the park is open all year round, the east entrances only in summer. A side street leads to the northwest entrance (Carbon River) and is not connected to the other streets in the park. In winter, all roads are closed except for 30 km from the Nisqually entrance to Paradise.

in the summer is a free from Friday to Sunday Shuttle service from Longmire to Paradise, on another route between Downtown Ashford and Longmire a shuttle runs on Saturdays and Sundays. The exact departure times are published in the park newspaper "The Tahoma News", which is published four times a year. In summer you can see squirrels, marmots and mountain rabbits, and deer and roe deer can also be seen. Moose, black bears and mountain goats are shy and difficult to come across. The National Park Inn in Longmire is open all year round, and in summer you can also stay at the Paradise Inn.

Also Winter sports fans can look forward to the fourth season: on Mount Rainier there are lots of activities in the snow - snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, sleigh rides, cozy hut evenings and breathtaking views of seemingly endless winter landscapes.

Side streets worth seeing

Without question, the roads around Mount Rainier offer perfect views of the mountain peak and its foothills. In addition, there are shimmering yellow, deep red and orange colors on the roadside, so that the drive in autumn becomes a special experience. Along the Chinook Scenic Byway and des White Pass Scenic Byway there are numerous stops for a picnic, a photo or just for a breath of fresh, clear autumn air.
Chinook Scenic Byway
White Pass Scenic Byway

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

The trip from Elbe to Mineral Lake with the Mount Rainier Railroad is an unforgettable highlight for every visitor. The journey leads over the mountain foothills through beautiful landscapes. (mtrainierrailroad.com)

Mount Rainier National Park is administered by the National Park Service, more information at www.nps.gov/mora(English).