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Mount Rainier National Park
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Mount Rainier National Park

 
Mount Rainier National Park

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 46.85224°N / 121.76042°W

Object Title: Mount Rainier National Park

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Bouldering, Ice Climbing, Mixed, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

 

Page By: MattDurkee

Created/Edited: Jun 19, 2014 / Jun 20, 2017

Object ID: 901277

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Overview


The crown jewel of Mount Rainier National Park, and of Washington state for that matter, is of course is Mount Rainier. There are, however, many more peaks that are great to hike and climb surrounding this magnificent volcano. The purpose of this page is to provide a comprehensive list of these peaks, links to their Summitpost pages, and provide links and a summary of general information about Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park was created on March 2, 1899. In 2012, over 555,000 vehicles and 1.5 million people visited the Park.

The elevations above sea level in Mount Rainier National Park vary from 1,600+ feet where the Ohanapecosh River leaves the Park near the Southeast Entrance to the summit of Mount Rainier at 14,411 feet.

I created this page when I was updating my Summitpost Climber's Log and noticed that there was no parent area/range for Seymour Peak (located south of Chinook Pass) to be attached too. I couldn't believe this considering all but a couple of my other peaks I have submitted logs for have a parent.


 Mount Rainier from above Paradise
Mount Rainier from above Paradise (N.P. Service Photo)
Mt. Rainier from Bear Cr. Mtn.
Mount Rainier from Bear Creek Mountain at Sunrise


The Peaks


There are 98 mountains, peak, points, rocks, etc. officially named on USGS quad maps for Mount Rainier National Peak. If I have missed a few which is easy to do in such a big area, please let me know. There are others with unofficial names not named on the maps. These are within quotation marks if I have included them. I omitted ridges and some crests from this list as I tend to like to stick to defined points of some sort.

                                                                I have split the list of summits in the Park into regions to help give some reference as to where they are located:

                                                                                                                           Rainier Proper Region
                                                                                                     Points on Mount Rainier itself above 7000 feet.

                                                                   Northwest Region                                                                                         Sunrise Region              
                                       - North of the South Puyallup River (flows north)                                                      - East of the West Fork White River
                                              - West of the West Fork White River                                                           - North of Fryingplan Creek and the White River

                                                                   Southwest Region                                                                                        Eastside Region
                                              - South of of the South Puyallup River                                                        - South of Fryingpan Creek and White River
                                              - North and west of the Nisqually River                                                           - East of the Muddy Fork Cowlitz River

                        Paradise Region
                                                                                                               - East of the Nisqually River
- North of Paradise Creek and then the Stevens Canyon Road

                Tatoosh Range
       - East of the Nisqually River
- South of Paradise Creek and then the Stevens Canyon Road
                        - West of the Muddy Fork Cowlitz River




  Rainier Proper Region

  NameElevation 
(feet)


 NameElevation
(feet)
Mount Rainier


Mount Rainier


14411
  

Anvil Rock
 

 8584
 

Point Success


14158
 
Observation Rock from the...
 
Observation Rock
 
 8364
 Liberty Cap14112   Echo Rock 7870
 Gibraltar Rock12660   Tokaloo Rock 7684 
 Saint Andrews Rock11400+   Cowlitz Rocks 7450
Little T taken from from...

Little Tahoma Peak

11138
   
Tokaloo Spire
  
 7420+
On the Summit of Muir Peak


"Muir Peak"


10188
   

Needle Rock
 

 7400+
 Steamboat Prow9660+   McClure Rock 7385
 K Spire8886 
Meany Crest
 
Meany Crest            

 7200+
 Mount Ruth8690             



            Name      Elevation
(feet) 
                      Name       Elevation 
(feet)  
 
     
 Northwest Region    Sunrise Region 
 

Old Desolate
 

 7137
 
Burroughs Mountain from Sunrise


Borroughs Mountain
 

 7828
 

Sluiskin Mountain
 

 7026
 
Fog on Fremont
 

Mount Fremont
 

 7317
 

Tillicum Point
 

 6782
 
Goat Island Mountain from above Summerland


Goat Island Mountain
 

 7288
 

Andrew
 

 6716
 
Skyscraper Mountain
 

Skyscraper Mountain
 

 7078
 

Crescent Mountain
 

 6715
 
Antler Peak
 

Antler Peak
 

 7017
 
Mineral Mountain
 
 650
 
Dege Peak
 
Dege Peak
 
 7006
Fay Peak


Fay Peak
 

 6492
 
Marcus Peak
 

Marcus Peak


 6962
Mount Pleasant from Hessong Rock


Mount Pleasant
 

 6454
   

McNeeley Peak


 6786
Heesong from Pleasant


Hessong Rock
 

 6385
   

Baker Point
 

 6400+
First Mother Mountain


Mother Mountain
 

 6375
  
Slide Mountain from the Palisades
 

Slide Mountain
 

6339
 

Pacific Point
 

 6240+
 
Brown Peak from near Sunrise Point
 

Brown Peak
 

6332
 Castle Peak 6110  Sunrise Point 6120+
 Aurora Peak 6094  Scarface 6108
 Tyee Peak 6000+    
Tolmie Peak Summit


Tolmie Peak
 

 5920+
  

 
 Eastside Region
 
 Northern Crags 5780   Cowlitz Chimneys7605
 

Wallace Peak
 

 5760+
 
Tamanos Mountain Evening Glow
 

Tamanos Mountain
 

6790
 
Sunset
 
 5713
 
Heading to Barrier Peak

Barrier Peak

 6521
Howard Peak from Tolmie


Howard Peak
 

 5683
  
Naches Peak and Sheep Lake
 

Naches Peak
 

 6452
 

Recstone Peak
 

 5680+
 
The true summit
 

Seymour Peak
 

 6337
 

Sweet Peak
 

 5560+
 
Yakima Peak
 

Yakima Peak
 

 6226
From the true summit


Florence Peak


 5508
 
Double Peak from Tamanos
 

Double Peak
 

 6199
 Authur Peak 5465 
The view of Mt. Rainier from...
 

Shriner Peak
 

 5834
 Gove Peak 5310  Buell Peak 5756
 Tirzah Peak 5208  Bald Rock 5409
 Goat Island Rock 5200+    
Howard from Berry


Berry Peak
 

 5120+
  

 
Paradise Region
 
 Division Peak 4927  Panorama Point 6920+
Florence from the ridge


Virginia Peak
 

 4880+
   

Glacier Vista
 

 6336
 Paul Peak 4800+  Alta Vista 5960+
 August Peak 4680+   Inspiration Point 4844
 Pigeon Peak 4480+  Ricksecker Point 4200+
 
     
 
Southwest Region

    
Tatoosh Range
 
Pyramid Peak from the user...


Pyramid Peak
 

 6937
 
Looking SouthEast at Unicorn...
 

Unicorn Peak
 

 6971
 Iron Mountain 6283 
Boundary Peak
 

Boundary Peak
 

 6960+
 Copper Mountain 6280+ 
View of Pinnacle Peak from...


Pinnacle Peak

 
 6562
    
Foss and some other obscure...


"Foss Peak"
 

 6524
East flank of Mt. Wow from...


Mount Wow
 

 6040+
 
Stevens Peak from Unicorn
 

Stevens Peak
 

 6520+
Mount Ararat


Mount Ararat
 

 6010
 
Plummer Peak
 

Plummer Peak
 

 6370
 Mildred Point 5935 
Castle Peak from Steven's...
 

The Castle
 

6240+
 Satulick Mountain 5577 
Wahpenayo Peak (tallest) from...
 

Wahpenayo Peak

 
 6231
Gobblers Knob from Lake George
Gobblers Knob 5485 
Lane Peak from the road
 
Lane Peak
 
 6012
 Tumtum Peak 4678 
Denman Peak center as seen...
 

Denman Peak
 

 6006
 
  
The east face of Chutla Peak...
 

Chutla Peak


 6000+
 
  
Eagle Peak is comprised of...
 

Eagle Peak
 
 
 5958


  

Getting There

The National Park Service Directions website describes the Park entrances and how to reach them. A brief summary is provided below:
Rainier Entrance Map
                                  Rainier Entrance and Vicinity Map                                    National Park Service Map 


Six official entrances to the Park:

- Southwest Entrance near Ashford

- Open year-round via SR-706

- Northwest Entrances
- Carbon River
- Open year-round via SR-165 through Wilkeson
- Mowich Lake
- Opens in summer and closes by mid-October or first snowfall
- East Entrance (Chinook Pass)
- Open Memorial Day Weekend through late Fall (or as conditions permit) via SR-410
- Northeast
- Open by July 1 through early September or as conditions permit via SR-410
- Southeast
- Open Spring through Fall via SR-123

Red Tape

This is a very popular national park, so expect fees and rules. Not as bad as the Canadian National Parks though.


Fee and Reservation Highlights
As of June 2014

- Entrance Fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle: $15
- Senior and military discounts available

- Mount Rainier Annual Pass: $30
- Private, non-commercial vehicles

- Climbing Pass:       $45 per person (25 years or older)
      $31 per person (21 year or younger)

      - Required to climb above 10,000 feet or onto any glaciers.

      - Wilderness Permit: Free

      - Wilderness Permit: Free (first-come-first-served - 30% of permits)

- Wilderness Permit: Free (first-come-first-served - 30% of permits)
      $20 (reservation for group - 70% of permits)

      - Required for overnight backcountry trips.
 
      - Not required for day hiking.

      - Obtain permits are ranger stations.

      - The National Park Service recommends making reservations for backcountry camping. 
- The Park starts accepting reservations by fax and mail on March 15th each year.
- Reservation can also be made in-person at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center which opens to the public in late May)
- Reservations for popular campsites along the Wonderland Trail fill up fast.
- It is often not possible after late spring to reserve necessary campsites to complete the entire 90-mile loop for the early July to end of September time period.

- Required for overnight backcountry trips, not required for day hiking.



- Many things (e.g. fires, pets, bicycles) are prohibited. 
- Follow Leave No Trace principles 



Camping

Four campgrounds are located within Mount Rainier National Park:
Paradise Glacier Moraine Winter Camp
Paradise Glacier Moraine Winter Campsite at sunrise - Feb. 2005
- Cougar Rock
- Ohanapecosh
- White River
- Mowich Lake

U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds are also available outside of Mount Rainier National Park
- Snoqualmie Ranger District (Mather Memorial Parkway [SR-410] campgrounds only)

Designated backcountry camping areas (41 total) are located along trails throughout the Park.
- A Wilderness Permit is required for overnight camping and reservations ($20 fee) is recommended in many areas.
U.S. Park Service Map of backcountry campsites.
- Backcountry off trail zone camping is also available.


Private camping and lodging outside the Park:




Images

Mt. Rainier from Bear Cr. Mtn.