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Mount Rainier National Park:
The majority of visitors arrive during May through October. Off season visits can be rewarding. Parking will be difficult, lodging can be impossible to get during the busy season. Plan ahead and make reservations. Visit on weekdays or off season if you can.
The rewards ar great at Mount Rainier National Park. Old-growth forests, subalpine flower meadows, spectacular alpine scenery at Mount Rainier National Park brings visitors again and again. Mount Rainier has the greatest single-peak glacial system in the United States. It's elevation of 14,411 feet is often snow covered
Evening campfire programs, ranger-led interpretive walks, and children's programs, movies and slide programs are presented throughout the park during the summer months.
Winter guided snowshoe walks are conducted in the Paradise area on weekends. Check at information desks for current activity schedules.
Please see the website for seasonal activities and year around events.
Paradise - Daily
Sunrise - Weekends
Ohanapecosh - Weekends
Longmire - Daily
Great Hikes near Eatonville
Alder Lake- Open Year Round
Mineral Lake - April 26th - Sept. 30th
(Photo by Alexandria Walkinshaw)
Mount Tahoma Trails Association
Rainier Mountaineering Inc.
May to October
Mount Rainier Alpine Guides
Nisqually-Mashel State Park
1.5 miles west of Eatonville
The park is a salmon and steelhead spawning grounds. It is also known as the site of the "Mashel Massacre" during the 1856 Indian War.
Geologic remains provide natural bird nesting sites for cliff swallows and other birds.
There are also wonderful views of Mount Rainier and the Nisqually River Gorge. The park also features fishing, rafting, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, and mountain biking.
The Washington State Parks system includes more than 100 developed parks and covers about a quarter million acres.
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