Facts about Mount Rainier

Facts about Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, the highest peak (14,410 feet [4,392 meters]) in the state of Washington, U.S., and in the Cascade Range. It lies about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of the city of Tacoma, within Mount Rainier National Park. Here are some facts about Mount Rainier.

Quick Facts about Mount Rainier

  • The total area covered by mount rainier national park is of 235,625 acres.
  • The number of people visiting Mount Rainier in 2019 was 1,501,621 (All Years).  
  • Mount Rainier was made a national park On March 2, 1899.  
  • The lowest altitude found at Mount Rainier is 1640 feet at the Ohanapecosh River.
  • The highest altitude found at Mount Rainier is 14,411 feet.
  • Mount Rainier’s entrance fee is $30 per vehicle per week.
  • Mount Rainier National Park lies in the Pacific time zone.
  • Mount Rainier is a relatively young volcano, estimated to be around 500,000 years old.
  • Mount Rainier is a volcano that is active. It hasn’t erupted since 1894, but, someday, it will.
  • 35 square miles of permanent ice and snow-covered Mount Rainier. On its slopes are the longest, thickest, and largest glaciers in the contiguous United States.
  •  Mount Rainier is encircled by the 90-mile long trail known as the Wonderland Trail. Usually, this hike takes at least 10 days.
  • Mount Rainier National Park is home to approximately 54 mammal species, 126 bird species, and 17 amphibian and reptile species.
  • Every year, approximately 10,000 people try to climb Mount Rainier. Nearly half of them succeed.
  • Tahoma (or Tacoma), meaning ‘mother of waters’, is the Native American name for Mount Rainier. 
Facts about Mount Rainier

Where is Mount Rainier National Park?

Mount Rainier National Park is located in a fairly remote part of west-central Washington, but is still a relatively short and easy drive from the Seattle-Tacoma area and Portland. In the eastern part of the park, there are three entrances, and one, the most used one is in the southwest corner.

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