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It isn’t uncommon for visitors to Mount Rainier National Park to wonder where Mount Rainier is.  At times it feels like Mount Rainier spends more times hidden by clouds that being seen.  When Mount Rainier makes an appearance it is an impressive sight.  Standing at 14,411 feet tall, Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington.  She looks like a peaceful snow-covered mountain, but she is actually a massive volcano.    She is one of the most dangerous volcanos in the United States.  While she is currently dormant, that could change.  It is important to visit this park before an eruption changes the face of the mountain.

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Mount Rainier National Park Profile

RegionPacific-West Region
Park Size2,219,791 acres (3468.42 sq miles) (8983.18 sq km)

About the size of the island of Puerto Rico

ElevationHighest point: 14,411 feet (4,392 m) at the summit of Mount Rainier
Lowest point: 1,610 feet (490 m) at Ohanapecosh River
LocationPierce County and Lewis County, Washington
Nearby CitiesTacoma, Washington
Founding DateMount Rainier National Park – March 2, 1899
Visitors 1,416,000 (in 2017) 
Busy SeasonJune to September, Weekends during the winter
Visitor Centers

Longmire Museum – Open Year Around

Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center – Open Early May to Mid October, Weekends and Holidays from Late October to April

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center – Late Open Early May to Mid October June to Mid September

Sunrise Visitor Center – July to Mid September

Longmire Wilderness Information Center – Early May to Mid October

White River Wilderness Information Center – July to Mid September

Carbon River Ranger Station – Early May to Mid October

Paradise Wilderness Information Center – April to October

Park HoursOpen 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance Fees7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $30

7-day Motorcycle Pass – $25

7-day Individual Pass – $15

Annual PassMount Rainier National Park Pass – $55

American the Beautiful Pass – $80

PetsYes but best left at home. If bringing, please review the Mount Rainier Pet Policy.
Mount Rainier National Park Climate 
Average high in °F:232426303843
Average low in °F:121213162227
Av. precipitation in inch:181313864
Av. Snowfall in inch:100929168266
Average high in °F:515346372622
Average low in °F:333430231511
Av. precipitation in inch:225102017
Av. Snowfall in inch:00124100100


Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than a 4-hour drive):

  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Ross Lake National Recreation Area
  • Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Seattle Unit)
  • San Juan Islands National Historical Park
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park
  • Ebby’s Landing National Historical Reserve
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than an 8-hour drive):

  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Redwoods National and State Parks
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve
  • WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument (Tule Lake Unit)
  • Lava Beds National Monument

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Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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