Mount Rainier Rock Climbing
Little Tahoma Peak from up on the DC route, Mt. Ra...
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.
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.
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
14 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Rainier
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Rainier:
Featured Route For Mount Rainier
Fuhrer Finger Washington
: Southwest Cascades
: Mount Rainier
The Fuhrer Finger is a very enjoyable route with glacier travel, 30-45 degree snow climbing. The route is a good choice for a car-to-car Rainier ascent but it makes for a long day. The Finger is also an excellent ski or board descent route. The routes namesake, the "Finger", is a snow couloir above the Wilson Glacier. The Finger involves about 2,200ft of 40-45 degree climbing before it joins with the upper Kautz Glacier route at approx 13K(a few exposed bivy site here). Once above 13,000ft the s...[more] Browse More Classics in Washington