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Mount Rainier National Park

In the west-central part of the state, near Ashford


This majestic 14,410-foot volcanic mountain, now glacier capped, sports rain forests with 1,000-year-old trees at its base, waterfalls, and subalpine flowering meadows. Native Americans called it "Tahoma," the snowy mountain. The 235,613-acre park is nearly all wilderness. The park was established on March 2, 1899.



Auto touring, backpacking, bird-watching, cross-country skiing (rentals, Longmire), fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, picnicking, snowshoeing, wildflower and wildlife viewing. Facilities: 4 visitor centers: Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, Longmire; White River information center, Longmire museum, trails. Gift shops, picnic areas. Programs & Events: Ranger-led interpretive programs and walks, camp-fire programs, movies and slide programs (June-early Sept.), guided snowshoe walks (Paradise). Tips & Hints: Bring rain gear. Get gas before entering park. Go on weekdays Sept.-early Oct. to avoid crowds, late June-early Sept. for wildflowers in subalpine meadows, Sept.-early Oct. for elk-mating season, Dec-Apr. for cross-country ski season. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec.-Feb.



Camping: 6 campgrounds in the park: Cougar Rock (173 sites; $15; flush toilets; closed mid-Oct.-May), Ipsut Creek (32 sites; free; vault toilets; closed mid-Oct.-May), Mowich Lake (tent-camping area; free; vault toilets; closed mid-Oct.-mid-June), Ohanapecosh (189 sites; $15; flush toilets; closed late June-Labor Day), Sunshine Point (18 sites; $10; vault toilets), White River (112 sites; $10; flush toilets; closed late June-mid-Sept.). Backcountry camping allowed (permit required, see below).  Hotels: In the park: National Park Inn (Rte. 706, 10 mi east of Nisqually entrance, tel. 360/569-2275; 25 rooms; $77-$107), Paradise Inn (Rte. 706, 11 mi east of Longmire, tel. 360/569-2275; 127 rooms; $$77-$107; closed Nov.-mid-May.)  Restaurants: In the park: National Park Inn (Rte. 706, tel. 360/569-2411; $10-$24), Paradise Inn (Rte. 706, tel. 360/569-2413; $12-$25). In Ashford: Alexanders Country Inn (37515 Rte. 706, tel. 360/569-2300; $ll-$25; closed Mon.-Thurs. from Nov. to Mar). Groceries & Gear: In the park: General Store at National Park Inn (Rte. 706, Longmire Visitor Complex, tel. 360/569-2411). In Eatonville: Eatonville Market (210 Center St., tel. 360/832-4551).



Entrance fee: $10 per vehicle or $5 per bicyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian, or bus passenger. Backcountry permit (free) required. Climbers must register with park and pay $30 fee. No bikes on trails. Longmire Visitor Center open daily 9-4. Jackson Visitor Center (Paradise) open May-Sept., daily 10-6; Oct.-Apr, intermittently. Ohanapecosh Visitor Center open late May-Oct., daily 9-6. Sunrise Visitor Center open July-late Sept., daily 9-6.



The park can be reached from 1-5, U.S. 12, and Rtes. 7, 706, 123, 410, and 165. The park's southwest Nisqually entrance, on Rte. 706, is open daily. Closest airport: Seattle-Tacoma (70 mi).



Mount Rainier National Park (Tahoma Woods, Star Route, Ashford, WA 98304-9751, tel. 360/569-2211).