Mount Rainier National Park - 2008 . . .
during our travels in the Pacific Northwest


Updated: 11/30/08




We started seeing Mount Rainier in Seattle. During our drive to Mount Rainier National Park we had peaks of it along the way. We will post photographs of some of the views we had as we drove up the mountain. Mount Rainier is 14,411 feet at its crest. We entered the National Park at 2,023 feet of elevation. The visitors center on the south side of the mountain is at 5,400 feet.



a f0909wa mr_102 mr road1_1.JPG (23032 bytes)We had not traveled too far on Route 12 when we started seeing Mount Rainier. Then, we did not see it for quite a while.






One pull-off provided a beautiful view of Riffe Lake. 












More views . . .


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a f0909wa mr_168 tr trim1_1.JPG (69386 bytes)a f0909wa mr_161 rd tree2_1.JPG (43859 bytes)It was a nice ride through a pine forest. 


At one point they were trimming trees overhanging the road.







The entrance to Mount Rainier National Park was huge - maybe to reflect the height of the mountain we were about to see.










The ride through the park was very pleasant.  Some of the trees were very large and close to the road.


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a f0909wa mr_183 mr1_1.JPG (53126 bytes)At this view, we noticed the mineral stained rocks on this section of the river. 


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a f0909wa mr_211 braided rivr 2_1.JPG (68581 bytes)The park had many of what are called 'braided' rivers. These are common to glacier mountains.


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The views of the mountain became more frequent.






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Pine trees all around  . ..


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Christine Falls . . .  

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Above the bridge . . .                                    Below the bridge . . .


Fred turned the table on Mary Lou and made a photograph of her with her camera.

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The highway bridge is barely visible in the large photograph.


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   a f0909wa mr_256 mr road6_1.JPG (56676 bytes)    Everybody was using a camera.    a ml IMG_0431 mr road orange_1.JPG (52953 bytes)




a f0909wa mr_272 mr road9_1.JPG (28166 bytes)   The clouds would separate to give us a look at some part of Mount Rainier.




a f0909wa mr_277 nfalls2_1.jpg (97974 bytes)a f0909wa mr_305 nfalls6_1.JPG (76457 bytes)A 1/10 of a mile walk (down and back up) gave us a good view of Narada Falls. 



Narada Falls

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The pool at the top and the falls.
(Narada Falls is 168 feet tall.)


We could not decide which Narada Falls rainbow photograph to post. So, you get to see both photographs.






We hoped this bicyclist had a lot of gears on his bicycle to handle the mountain road.


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Peaking out of the clouds . . .







The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center is located at 5,400 feet.

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a a f0909wa mr_335 climbing tools_1.JPG (38092 bytes)We saw a rear door near where we parked. Just inside the door was this display of climbing tools. 






a a f0909wa mr_397 video_1.JPG (28733 bytes) This video was very interesting.



The light fixtures were decorated with snow shoes, skies and ski poles.


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This lower observation area has space for a lot of people. Today it was vacant - except for us. There were four people in the uper observation area. The weather was too nice to use the indoor viewing locations.


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a f0909wa mr_356 mr lunch_1.JPG (38929 bytes)Because of the cloud cover, we decided to have lunch and hoped the clouds cleared. The clouds seemed to be coming from behind the mountain right at us.






The many glaciers of Mount Rainier . . .


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Considering the distance away this waterfall was, it had to be a large.




Tin pants . . .


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The new visitor center is scheduled to open October 10, 2008

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a f0909wa mr_441 bird2_1.JPG (29675 bytes)    This bird tried to get our attention.





a f0909wa mr_438 photo out car top_1.JPG (48700 bytes)This gal pulled into the parking spot next to us, stood up through the sunroof of her vehicle and a started photographing almost before the fan blade on the engine stopped turning. 







The final photographs as the clouds cleared . . .



The peaks of Mount Rainier                                                                  The view behind the camera


Mount Rainier




The ridges of the Tatoosh Range were beautiful too.


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On the ride home . . .

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            This is the National Park Inn. It is open year-round.




This sign gives you a warm fuzzy feeling.

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The truck didn't move, so he tried the rock.      

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We made Mount Rainier a day trip from our campground in Chehalis. There are campgrounds closer but this one was central to our three destinations in the area.  We enjoyed the mountain and the ride up but were glad we were not towing the HHII. Several days could be spent exploring the entire park.


A weekly pass costs $15. Discounts for special passes are available.



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