The majestic 14,411-foot Mount Rainier, the United States’ fourth-highest peak outside Alaska, is also one of its most beguiling. Encased in the 368-square-mile (953-square-kilometer) Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, the mountain’s snow-capped summit and forest-covered foothills harbor numerous hiking trails, a wide range of sub-alpine flora and fauna, and an alluring conical peak that presents a formidable challenge for aspiring climbers.
In the higher elevations, snow covers much of the Mount Rainier year round. In lower elevations, travelers will find wildflower-draped slopes, lush rain forests of Douglas firs and western red cedars, and rivers snaking their way through the park. In the southeast corner of the park stands the Grove of the Patriarchs, where 1,000-year-old Douglas firs tower above the landscape.
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