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The Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park is a national park 70 miles southeast of Seattle, Washington. A favorite among Washington locals, the park is 97 percent wilderness and receives about 2 million visitors each year.

Here, the mountain rises majestically from the near-flat landscape around it. In fact, it’s peak stretches 3 miles above the surrounding lowlands. Therefore, on a sunny day, people can see Mt. Rainier from as far away as Seattle, and beyond.

Native Americans called this mountain Takhoma and had many legends about it. It is an active stratovolcano and last erupted approximately 150 years ago.

Because the mountain rises so rapidly, The park contains lot of climatic gradients and topographic diversity. Here, the visitor finds valleys, waterfalls, sub-alpine wildflower meadows, old growth forest and more than 26 glaciers. Of the last, the Carbon Glacier and the Emmons Glacier are the largest in the continental US. Meanwhile, clouds often shroud the volcano, dumping enormous amounts of rain and snow on the peak.

The park is home to at least 56 mammal species, 16 species of amphibians and reptiles, and more than 229 species of birds. Some of the most common animals are Columbian black-tailed deer, Douglas squirrels, noisy Stellar’s jays, ravens, elk and black bears. Mountain goats inhabit alpine or sub-alpine regions of the park.

Many of the best locations to photograph Mount Rainier lie near the road. Reflection Lake, Paradise meadows, Tipsoo Lake, and Sunrise offer roadside views that are among the best known in the national parks. More adventurous photographers can hike or backpack to Spray Park, Moraine Lake, the Tatoosh Range, Indian Henry’s, and Gobblers Knob.

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