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Mount Rainier  


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Elevation: 14,411'
Location: 46.8517, -121.7563 View Map  Incorrect?
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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

12 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Rainier:
Fuhrer Finger   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 9000'   
Ingraham Glacier Direct   Mod. Snow     Snow, Alpine, 4500'   
Gib 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'   
Ingraham Glacier-Disappointment Cleaver Route   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine   
Kautz Glacier   WI2-3     Ice, Alpine, 9000'   
Ptarmigan Ridge   Steep Snow     Snow, Alpine, 9300'   
Liberty Ridge   AI2-3 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10500'   
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Ptarmigan Ridge as viewed from 10K highcamp.

Ptarmigan Ridge Steep Snow  WA : Southwest Cascades : Mount Rainier
A classic route on the Northwest side of Mount Rainier. The route itself ascends more of what I would describe as a terraced buttress and ledges than an actual ridge, regardless, Ptarmigan Ridge offers fantastic position and interesting and often varied climbing. Consider the enjoyable approach to a scenic highcamp that you often have all to yourself and it makes Ptarmigan a worthwhile objective for any experienced and fit climber. The route consists of snow climbing(40-55 degrees) and often sev...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Photos of Mount Rainier Slideshow Add Photo
Joel Therneau on one of Mt. Rainier approaches -- Ptarmigan Ridge, Summer '06.
Joel Therneau on one of Mt. Rainier approaches -- ...
Above the DC on Mt. Rainier.  June 2006
Above the DC on Mt. Rainier. June 2006
Mt. Rainier from near Paradise
Mt. Rainier from near Paradise
Liberty Ridge in the mist.
Liberty Ridge in the mist.
Rainier from Ptarmigan Ridge approach.
Rainier from Ptarmigan Ridge approach.
View of Mt. Rainier from Spray Park meadows. Willis Wall to the left, Mowich Face to the right, Ptarmigan Ridge in the middle.
View of Mt. Rainier from Spray Park meadows. Willi...
Panoramic view of Ptarmigan Ridge in the setting sun. June 29, '09.
Panoramic view of Ptarmigan Ridge in the setting s...
Late evening view west from Ptarmigan Ridge. 06/30/09.
Late evening view west from Ptarmigan Ridge. 06/30...
Mowich Face from the trail to Spray Park.
Mowich Face from the trail to Spray Park.
Sunset from the bivy on Ptarmigan Ridge.
Sunset from the bivy on Ptarmigan Ridge.
Mt. Rainier on a clear February Day.
Mt. Rainier on a clear February Day.
Sunset from Winthrop Glacier. July '09.
Sunset from Winthrop Glacier. July '09.
Sunset from Camp Muir on late Sept. 2013
Sunset from Camp Muir on late Sept. 2013
View of Willis Wall and Liberty Ridge from the Curtis Ridge. 07/01/09.
View of Willis Wall and Liberty Ridge from the Cur...
It calls for a good day when you can see the shadow of the great Tahoma.
It calls for a good day when you can see the shado...
go fish!
go fish!
Mount Rainier on the top and St Helen's on the bottom from the plane ride in.
Mount Rainier on the top and St Helen's on the bot...
Nisqually Glacier 1975. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Nisqually Glacier 1975.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mountain goat on Curtis Ridge. July '09.
Mountain goat on Curtis Ridge. July '09.
North and east faces from the air... cool!
North and east faces from the air... cool!
Mowich Face from trailhead at Mowich Lake.
Mowich Face from trailhead at Mowich Lake.
Muir Snowfield
Muir Snowfield
Nisqually Glacier, 1975. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Nisqually Glacier, 1975.
Photo by Blitzo.
Driving from SeaTac to Mount Rainier
Driving from SeaTac to Mount Rainier

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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.