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Mount Rainier

Listed under Volcanoes in Seattle, United States.

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  • Photo of Mount Rainier
  • Photo of Mount Rainier
  • Photo of Mount Rainier
  • Photo of Mount Rainier
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Move over San Francisco the danger city, Mount Rainier is only 54 miles out of Seattle proper – and it's a big volcano!  Considered one of the world's most deadly because it's covered in glaciers, with 26 glaciers worth of glacial ice - so if it went it wouldn't just be the lava, flying molten rocks and killer smoke everyone would have to worry about, it would also be the mud flows that it would cause which could mud flood the whole of the Puyallup River, causing problems all the way along its route.  
As well as being a deadly volcano, Mount Rainier is also a very striking piece of scenery.  It's the highest point around by far, 4,027 m, and you can see it from Seattle and beyond on a clear day.  On a really, really clear day you can see it from as far away as Portland.  From its base to its peak it's actually taller than K2 (K2 just has a head start because it's part of a range that's so far above sea level.).  
In 1899, the area around Mount Rainier became the Mount Rainier National Park: America's fifth national park. 

Written by  Dan Alba.

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“Other attractions”

As well as climbing Mount Rainier, people can also ski and snowshoe on it. There are also numerous hiking trails and some very, very scenic camp sites. Read more...

Written by  Colin.

“Climb her!”

This is a pretty hard climb which usually takes people two days. The level of difficulty is due to the glacial climbing which requires specialised gear. Most people attempt the mountain from Camp Muir on the southeast flank, and statistics say that abo… Read more...

Written by  Andrew Armour.

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Mount Rainier National Park

The Mount Rainier National Park was the fifth state park established in the United States. The park is 368 square miles and includes all of Mount Rainier, with the highest point being 14,000 feet.

Around the volcano are many beautiful landscapes including forests, wildflower meadows, valleys, waterfalls and over 26 glaciers.

The park is open all year round and visitation is at its peak in July and August. On site are also many visitor centers including the Longmire Museum, Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, Ohanapecosh Visitor Center and Sunrise Visitor Center. There are also many places to eat and stay while here.

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