Mount Rainier National Park

Laying Out Your Strategy For Exploring Mount Rainier National Park

It’s easy to find Mount Rainier National Park from Seattle or Tacoma. Just point your vehicle toward the large, snow-cloaked mountain that stands against the eastern horizon and drive.

Opening Roads In Mount Rainier National Park: The Good And The Bad

Well, with spring soon to arrive, there's good news, and not so good news, regarding the opening of roads through Mount Rainier National Park.

Don’t Let “Mud Season” Keep You From The Parks

Mud season is here. In most national parks above the Mason-Dixon Line, and quite a few south of that line, it can be a messy time. Choosing a destination can be problematic due to the weather in general and the snow line specifically.

Some Costa Rican Politicians Want To Tap Energy Within National Parks

What would you think if the state of Washington cast its eyes on the volcanic furnace room of Mount Rainier National Park to help supply its energy? Or if Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho's lawmakers decided they should tap Yellowstone National Park's geothermal hot spot to generate power?

Op-Ed| The National Park System: Some Thoughts In 2015

As we begin 2015, which marks the 99th year since the establishment of the National Park Service and National Park System, some troubling trends are more and more apparent. A short review of recent articles should give everyone who supports our parks reason to pause and think about the future.

Mount Rainier National Park's Staffing Woes Impact Winter Fun At Paradise

One of the busiest weeks of winter has brought heavy snows to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, but staffing woes have closed the sledding and snow play areas at Paradise, frustrating locals and businesses in the areas close to the Nisqually Entrance in the park's southwestern corner.

UPDATE: Missing Snowshoer Found Dead At Mount Rainier National Park

A Washington man who got lost in a snowstorm at Mount Rainier National Park apparently died not far from safety at Paradise.

Book Review| Ghost Riders In The Sky: The Life Of Stan Jones, The Singing Ranger

Over the years park rangers have demonstrated some impressive talent, but when it comes to securing a place in entertainment history, few can compete with Stan Jones. He was working as a ranger in Death Valley National Monument in the late 1940s when a series of serendipitous events led to a remarkable new career, and his story is told in an entertaining new book, Ghost Riders In the Sky: The Life of Stan Jones, The Singing Ranger.

UPDATE: Flooding Forces Closure Of Mount Rainier National Park

Flooding spawned by heavy rains forced the closure of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state on Tuesday, with high flows of Kautz Creek prompting the evacuation of park employees and guests at the National Park Inn at Longmire.

Savoring The Fruits Of Fall In The National Parks

There are endless ways to experience our magnificent national parks. We are surrounded by stunning scenery, awash in light and color. Our ears capture the rush of waterfalls in spring and elk bugling in autumn. Scents of crisp air, pines, and wildflowers greet us. Stick your feet into a mountain stream and feel the bonechilling temperatures, or touch the softness of a Pussytoes flower. These types of activities allow us yet another type of experience.

Look To The Stars Over Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt, Mount Rainier, And Oregon Caves

With clear skies overhead, and no moon, the star gazing should be outstanding in the coming weeks at western national parks. Several of those parks -- Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt and Mount Rainier national parks, and Oregon Caves National Monument -- are taking advantage of the night skies with star-gazing festivals.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Sweating The Trail Details In National Parks, No. 1

Floods. Windstorms that down trees. Wildfires. Millions of feet. Hiking trails take a pounding from all these things. And while the paths are the responsibility of the National Park Service, the agency often lacks money and staff to tackle all but the most pressing needs. That’s where national park friends groups come into play with their financial resources and, at times, volunteers.

Bodies Of Three Climbers Recovered From Mount Rainier National Park

The bodies of three climbers killed back in May by a likely avalanche on Mount Rainier have been recovered by park rangers.

Bodies Believed To Have Been Spotted Below Liberty Ridge In Mount Rainier National Park

What appear to be three bodies, thought to be those of climbers killed by an avalanche back in May, have been spotted below Liberty Ridge in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state.

Want To Improve Your National Park Photography? Catch This Webcast From The Parks

National park photography classes will take a big step forward in late August when Ian Shive, an award-winning photographer and author of The National Parks: Our American Landscape, conducts a live class over the Internet from Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks.

Search For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park Proving Fruitless

A week of searching for a missing day hiker at Mount Rainier National Park has so far proven fruitless, prompting a decision by park officials to scale back the hunt.

Search Ongoing For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park

Efforts to find a missing day hiker at Mount Rainier National Park moved into day four Wednesday with dog teams helping ground crews while searchers looked from the air, as well.

SAR Under Way At Mount Rainier National Park For Missing Hiker

More than four dozen searchers were working at Mount Rainier National Park on Monday to find a 64-year-old hiker who failed to meet up with his son as planned.

Search For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park Suspended With Recovery Of Body

A missing hiker in Mount Rainier National Park apparently has been found dead, though park officials were awaiting official identification from a coroner.

Search For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park In Day Three

Rescuers at Mount Rainier National Park had little to work with Saturday as they resumed the search for a hiker missing since Wednesday

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park

A search continued Friday for an overdue day hiker at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.

On The Road To Three National Park Jewels In The Pacific Northwest

Washington state’s Puget Sound is a forested metropolis, braided with inlets and bays and ringed by steep, glacier-clad peaks. On the west skyline, the stately, wet Olympic Mountains grab moisture from the ocean clouds to nurture the temperate rain forest of Olympic National Park. To the east the queen-mother’s throne, nearly three-mile-high Mount Rainier, holds court on clear days in its namesake park.

Conference On Best Environmental Practices For Climbing Community Coming In July

A conference next month will discuss how the climbing community can leave an even smaller footprint on the world's peaks.

Exploring Mount Rainier National Park's Trails

The three kids—my 12-year-old son, Nate, and 10-year-old daughter, Alex, plus my 15-year-old nephew, Marco—are slightly less than enthusiastic about our plan to hike the Skyline Trail Loop above Paradise, on the south side of Mount Rainier National Park. My 76-year-old mom, Joanne, normally an eager hiker, shuffles along this morning, still recovering from a long, hard hike up Mount St. Helens two days ago.

What To Do In The National Parks This Summer? Take A Hike!

Summer can pose a difficult problem for national park travelers: Where do you go and what should you do? Traveler’s Facebook audience had some great ideas for family hikes in the parks, and we’re happy to share them with you.
On Mountaineering Probably everyone has a book inside themselves, somewhere; some interesting....some not so much. Radford West's is interesting, mainly because he's had an interesting life, with a keen passion for the outdoors. In 1971 West came home from the confusion of Vietnam and sought solace in the high, lonesome. "The mountains gave me a new respect for nature and myself," he says, and his book reflects that.

Six Climbers Feared Dead In Accident At Mount Rainier National Park

Six climbers are feared dead from a fall of more than 3,000 feet at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, where they were on a route that took them along one of the more technical approaches to the summit.

13 Feet Of Snow Won't Stop Mount Rainier National Park From Opening For Memorial Day

Live in the high country of the Pacific Northwest and you get used to snow, lots of it. And so, despite 13 feet of snow piled about Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park will have many facilities ready for visitors come Memorial Day weekend.

Boulders Prompt Closure Of Westside Road At Mount Rainier National Park

A boulder fall at Mount Rainier National Park has forced the temporary closure of the Westside Road, where a private vehicle was crushed by a rock and another boulder left a crater 8 feet in diameter in the road surface.

National Park Service Rangers Honored For Valor On The Job

National Park Service rangers from across the park system have been honored by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for valor in the line of duty.
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