Mount Rainier National Park was the fifth national park to be created and was opened by William McKinley in 1899. It is immense, measuring 236,000 acres, while the mountain itself, the fifth highest in the United States, stands out from the Cascade Mountain Range at 14,411 feet. The park has so many diverse ecosystems, such as old-growth forests, gigantic glaciers, waterfalls, alpine meadows teeming with wildflowers, and deep gorges and valleys.
It is home to an abundance of wildlife. Cougars, black bears, bobcats, deer, elk, mountain goats, and many other animals roam freely, while golden eagles, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and spotted owls fly over the beautiful park. Visitors may hike, camp, climb, sled, cross-country ski, and snowboard through the park. Permits are required for overnight camping. Photo: peteleclerc/Fotolia
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