Elevation: 14,410 ft
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Shared By: Blitzo on Oct 23, 2006 with updates from Allen Sanderson
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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 a 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.

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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:

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Eran Viimeinen
Colorado
Eran Viimeinen   Colorado
How is Liberty Ridge not on here? Apr 8, 2009
Blitzo  
Mount Rainier is one of the most beautiful mountains that I have ever seen. Aug 25, 2010
Mt Rainier has been named my new favorite mountain after visiting in mid September, the colors were magical and the crisp fall air was so refreshing. This National park needs to be added to your bucket list no question!
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This trail is rated as moderate, hiking shoes with decent support recommended, but tennis shoes okay. Most of trail is exposed to sun so beware while on trek.

We were told a bear was spotted that afternoon on another trail, however we didn't see any. You may see Marmots soaking in the sun along the way, we saw a ton! Nov 1, 2018
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Olivia-
Nice to hear about your trip and the enthusiasm, but what trail are you describing? Nov 1, 2018 · Temporary Report