With old-growth evergreens, wildflower meadows, enchanting wildlife, raging rivers, and sparkling lakes set against a backdrop of ice flows, gaping crevasses, and crumbling sheer rock walls, the Mount Rainier National Park is a special sanctuary for locals and visitors alike. This all new second edition of Day Hiking: Mount Rainier includes short and easy hikes as well as longer and more challenging options. The guide features 80 hikes in, and just outside, the national park with detailed topo route maps and full-color photos throughout. There are charts to help hikers of all levels find the right hike for their mood and time, as well as length and elevation data, clear driving and parking instructions, and trail descriptions written in the author’s encouraging and humorous voice.
Standing at 14,411 feet, boasting 26 major glaciers and 2 craters, Mount Rainier is a vision and a legend. For years, folks have both revered and admired this massive volcanic giant, the highest mountain in the Cascade Range, for its grandeur, beauty, and power. The spectacular volcano is visible from Seattle and from many points in Washington State, but seeing it from a distance is simply not enough. To truly bond with the great peak and to appreciate its scale, you must visit Mount Rainier National Park and get up close and personal.
This guide contains hikes where you can spend an entire day marinating in mountain magic from sunup to sundown as well as short hikes for kids and those with limited mobility. Keep in mind that for all the beauty and trail variety it offers, the mountain is an active volcano and deserves the utmost respect. - Tami Asars, author.