Mount Rainier National Park

This was my primary destination for the day.  I had forgotten how big and impressive it is from a distance.  The first time I saw it today was when I got off the highway over near Yakima.  It can also be seen quite clearly from Seattle, which is 54 miles away, as it rises well above the horizon.  It is an imposing sight.

At 14,411 feet Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington State (there are some even taller ones in Colorado and California).  I’ll be spending quite a bit of time in Colorado in a few weeks so I should be able to show you those at that time.  California is on my list for next year, as is Alaska which has the highest mountains in the United States.

The main Visitor Center for Rainier is located up at 6,400 feet (the highest they let you drive) in an area called Sunrise, which is where I took the bottom photo.  There is also a parking area called Paradise, which has an elevation of 5,400 feet, and is where I took the photo in the post below.

I only went through the east side of the Park today.  Tomorrow I plan to go through the south side of the Park on my way down to Mount Saint Helens.

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