Mount Rainier

Volcano Research Project, Mr. Davis

Mount Rainier ascends 14,410 feet above sea level and stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. It is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world and even made the Decade Volcano list. It is still considered an active Volcano and is a stratovolcano. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars that would threaten the whole Puyallup River valley.The Mount Rainier National Park is near Seattle, Washington. The forests, parkland, wetlands, lakes, and rivers harbor dozens of species of birds, animals, reptiles, and fish make you feel as if you are in an area away from civilization. There is much exploring, hiking and fun activities to do such as hiking, climbing, biking and even fishing in this beautiful park.

The climate is generally cool and rainy, with summer highs in the 60s and 70s. While July and August are the sunniest months of the year, rain is possible any day, and very likely in spring, fall, and winter. Snow will remain at the 5,000 to 8,000 feet elevation well into mid-July. Prepare for weather change if you make a visit to Mount Rainier!

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