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Itinerary 2: Crystal Mountain - Mount Rainier National Park

Itinerary 2:
Day 1: Seattle - Crystal Mountain
Day 2: Crystal Mountain - Mount Rainier National Park
Day 3: Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford, Mineral Lake, Eatonville

Day 2 From Crystal Mountain to Mount Rainier National Park

At 14,410 feet Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. From various locations around the park you can see four other Cascade volcanoes: Mount St. Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Baker, and Glacier Peak. On a clear day, you can see the tip of Mt Hood, in northern Oregon, from Paradise Meadows.

Mount Rainier National Park

Explore the Northwest’s popular icon Mount Rainier. Discover scenic Tag hikes, historic lodges, wildflowers and waterfalls, bird watching, snow play and more. Chat with the park rangers at Longmire, Paradise, Sunrise, and Ohanapecosh visitor centers. Discover active adventures and family fun during the four seasons of Mount Rainier.

Cayuse Pass

Connecting Chinook and White Pass, Cayuse Pass follows along the east side of Mount Rainier National Park. The long, winding road offers a spectacular views and wildlife watching opportunities. It is one of the state’s most scenic and beautiful drives. Closed due to snow, usually from November - Mid-May.

Chinook Pass

Meadows along Chinook Pass are abundantly stunning, with wildflowers and nature that is virtually untouched.
The Pass is one of the most scenic and has been designated as a National Scenic Byway, an All American Road and also serves as an entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.
Keep an ear out for elk bugling in the adjacent woods. Pass closed due to snow in the winter months.

Optional Side Trip: Ohanapecosh and hike to Silver Falls

The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center features exhibits about local history, wildlife, and the old-growth forests. Guided interpretive programs are available.
The popular hike to Silver Falls follows a relatively level trail along the river. It leads visitors along the east side of the river 1.5 miles to the falls, crosses a bridge, then loops back to the Ohanapecosh Campground on the river’s west side. Opportunities abound for enjoying the old-growth forest community and watching for wildlife. Trail accessible May – October. Visitor center closes for the winter season.

Stevens Canyon Road to Paradise

A fantastic drive to experience Mt. Rainier’s breathtaking beauty,find many fantastic “Day use” destinations along its route.
Cross rivers and streams and see beautiful Reflection Lakes, Martha Falls, Lake Louise, and Box Canyon, a canyon over 100 feet deep, but only thirteen feet wide.

Grove of the Patriarchs

For over 1,000 years, the trees of the small island in the Ohanapecosh River have been protected from fire, avalanche and flood allowing them to grow to their colossal size.
People come from all over the world to experience walking through ancient forests of trees with 30 foot circumferences. The one-mile trail to Grove of the Patriarchs is flat and easily navigated.

Reflection Lakes

See Mt. Rainier’s stunning reflection in the waters of Reflection Lake. Its picture-perfect beauty makes it one of the most photographed areas of the park, and you can get there by car.

Paradise Inn:
The historic Paradise Inn, a concessionaire-operated hotel currently closed for reconstruction but scheduled to reopen summer 2008, offers lodging, a dining room and a gift shop. The Paradise Inn is usually open from late May to early October and closed in the winter.

Scenic waterfalls: Narada Falls, Christine Falls

Narada Falls: Take a short 0.2 mile walk to these breathtaking 168-foot falls. This popular roadside attrations offers spectacular views. Christine Falls is located 4 miles east of Longmire. A short walk from the pullout offers a classic view of the falls below the rustic stone arched bridge.

 Looking at Mount Rainier from the Chinook Pass Overlook on Highway 410 north of Ohanepecosh
Looking at Mount Rainier from the Chinook Pass Overlook on Highway 410 north of Ohanepecosh Rainier National

Mount Rainier Snowy Peak from Trail above Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park.
Mount Rainier Snowy Peak from Trail above Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park.



GPS Coordinates

1 -- Mount Rainier Peak
Decimal Lat: 46.853378 / Lon: -121.759187

2 -- Sunrise Visitor Center
Decimal Lat: 46.914503 / Lon: -121.64276


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