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Mount Rainier Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 14,411'
Location: 46.8517, -121.7563 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 23, 2006
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Description 

At 14,411', Mount Rainier is the highest peak in The Cascade Range and the state of Washington, and one of the most beautiful mountains in America.
This is the gem of the Cascade Range and the most sought after summit in the range.
Towering more than twice as high as any surrounding peak, Mount Rainier is an incredible sight!
With twenty-six named glaciers, this is the most glaciered peak in the U.S.A., outside of Alaska.
Three summits rise above 14,000 feet, Liberty Cap (14,133'), Point Success (14'150') and Columbia Crest (14,411), being the true summit.
Two overlapping craters exist.
The first ascent was made on August 17, 1870 by Hazard Stevens and Philemon B. Van Trump, by the Gibraltar Route.
Climbing Mount Rainier can be an serious undertaking, even by it's easiest routes. Severe weather can come at any time. Rockfall and hazardous terrain also exist. Be prepared!
The mountain has claimed more lives than all other Cascade peaks combined.
All climbers must register with the Park Rangers.



Getting There 

There are several entrances to Mt. Rainier National Park. Check a map to find the one that suites you best.
Route approaches will be described with the route.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.9 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Rainier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Rainier:
Fuhrer Finger   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 9000'   
Ingraham Glacier Direct   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 4500'   
Gibraltar Ledges   AI1-2 Mod. Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 9000'   
Central Mowich Face   AI3-4 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 9200'   
Emmons Glacier   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 10700'   
Kautz Glacier   WI2-3     Ice, Alpine, 9000'   
Ingraham Glacier-Disappointment Cleaver Route   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine   
Ptarmigan Ridge   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 9300'   
Liberty Ridge   AI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10500'   
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Featured Route For Mount Rainier
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe climbing Curtis ridge near the 1st Cliff Band....

Curtis Ridge 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b AI2 Steep Snow  WA : Southwest Cascades : Mount Rainier
OverviewCurtis Ridge is one of the large ridge routes on Mount Rainier's north side. It is technically harder, more confusing, and more committing than either Liberty Ridge or Ptarmigan Ridge. Many have considered it to be a rockfall death route, but in good cold conditions it is an excellent hard route for fast, competent parties.RouteThe technical portion of the route begins at point 10,300 ft on Curtis Ridge. To reach this location see the approach section below. Once you re...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Photos of Mount Rainier Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Joel Therneau on one of Mt. Rainier approaches -- ...
Joel Therneau on one of Mt. Rainier approaches -- ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Liberty Ridge in the mist.
Liberty Ridge in the mist.
Rock Climbing Photo: Above the DC on Mt. Rainier.  June 2006
Above the DC on Mt. Rainier. June 2006
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Rainier from near Paradise
Mt. Rainier from near Paradise
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Mt. Rainier from Spray Park meadows. Willi...
View of Mt. Rainier from Spray Park meadows. Willi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Late evening view west from Ptarmigan Ridge. 06/30...
Late evening view west from Ptarmigan Ridge. 06/30...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rainier from Ptarmigan Ridge approach.
Rainier from Ptarmigan Ridge approach.
Rock Climbing Photo: Panoramic view of Ptarmigan Ridge in the setting s...
Panoramic view of Ptarmigan Ridge in the setting s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mowich Face from the trail to Spray Park.
Mowich Face from the trail to Spray Park.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset from Winthrop Glacier. July '09.
Sunset from Winthrop Glacier. July '09.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset from the bivy on Ptarmigan Ridge.
Sunset from the bivy on Ptarmigan Ridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Rainier on a clear February Day.
Mt. Rainier on a clear February Day.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nisqually Glacier, 1975. Photo by Blitzo.
Nisqually Glacier, 1975. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset from Camp Muir on late Sept. 2013
Sunset from Camp Muir on late Sept. 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Muir Snowfield
Muir Snowfield
Rock Climbing Photo: stopping to take it in at st. elmo's pass
stopping to take it in at st. elmo's pass
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Willis Wall and Liberty Ridge from the Cur...
View of Willis Wall and Liberty Ridge from the Cur...
Rock Climbing Photo: It calls for a good day when you can see the shado...
It calls for a good day when you can see the shado...
Rock Climbing Photo: earthward
earthward
Rock Climbing Photo: Little Tacoma and the summit of Rainier
Little Tacoma and the summit of Rainier
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy Macguire and I just getting back. Ready for t...
Andy Macguire and I just getting back. Ready for t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Driving from SeaTac to Mount Rainier
Driving from SeaTac to Mount Rainier
Rock Climbing Photo: Mowich Face from trailhead at Mowich Lake.
Mowich Face from trailhead at Mowich Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mountain goat on Curtis Ridge. July '09.
Mountain goat on Curtis Ridge. July '09.

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By Ron Graham
Jul 30, 2008
Although 2-day hikes up the Ingraham Glacier/Disappointment Cleaver route are common, you will likely appreciate your experience much more if you take at least a one more day to hike the route, with at least one campover at Ingraham Flats. Those who do the two day hike end up having a much more athletic than aesthic experience, with little time to fully absorb, photograph and appreciate the many spectacular views as well as explore the many crevasses on the Cowlitz and Ingraham glaciers. An online trip report for the classic Disappointment Cleaver route can be found at:

bluugnome.com/mountaineer_trip...
By Caelan
From: Dysfunctional, CO
Apr 8, 2009
How is Liberty Ridge not on here?
By Blitzo
Aug 25, 2010
Mount Rainier is one of the most beautiful mountains that I have ever seen.

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