Looking to take a camping trip that brings you to one of the most scenic places in the U.S.? Check out Mount Rainier National Park, located just east of Eatonville and just southeast of Tacoma and Seattle. This park features an active volcano and is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A. It spawns 5 major rivers and features subalpine wildflower meadows. There’s also tons of wildlife and trails. If the rugged west is what your dreams are made of, look no further than this exquisite park.
Climbing is something that people from around the world come to do at Mount Rainier. This park has options for all climbing levels, but most who dare to explore it are experienced climbers who know how to navigate challenging peaks.
According to the website, “Mount Rainier, the most heavily glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, offers an exciting challenge to the mountaineer. Each year thousands of people successfully climb this 14,410 foot active volcano.
Reaching the summit requires a vertical elevation gain of more than 9,000 feet over a distance of eight or more miles. Climbers must be in good physical condition and well prepared. Proper physical conditioning can offset the effects of fatigue that lead to mistakes and injuries.”
If hiking is your forte, then you will love this park. Because of the intensity of the hiking trails at the park, anyone planning to camp overnight in the wilderness requires a permit, while day hiking does not. Permits may be obtained online or in person at the Wilderness Information Centers. According to the website, “In the winter, permits are still required and available through self-registration outside of Wilderness Information Centers, or at the SR410 entrance arch at the park’s north boundary once the road closes for the season. Check the Wilderness Permit page for details. Learn more about winter recreation, including winter camping. Winter camping ends by May 15 each spring.”
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