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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park Located in western Washington about 85 miles south of Seattle. Mount Rainier is 14,410 feet above sea level and is an active volcano.

There are 5 developed areas in the park. All of the areas have roadside attractions and hiking trails.

Longmire is in the southwest corner of the park and has a museum, and a campground and picnic area.

Paradise is famous for meadows of wildflowers and for being one of the consistently snowiest places on Earth with an average snowfall of 641 inches. The main visitor center is here. Winter activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and tubing.

Ohanapecosh is in the southeast corner of the park and is drier and sunnier than the west side. This area is closed in the winter. There is a visitor center, a campground and picnic area and three trails to Silver Falls.

The Sunrise area is the highest point that can be reached by car in the park. This area has a visitor center, a lodge and a campground. This is the second most visited area of the park because of the breathtaking views and the variety of hiking trails.

The Carbon and Mowich area receive so much rain that the climate and plants resemble a temperate rainforest. Mowich Lake is the largest and deepest lake in the park. There are 2 campgrounds and a picnic area here. July and August are generally sunny and mild but the rest of the year is quite rainy and there is heavy snowfall from November through April. Raingear is recommended year round.

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