Mount Rainier National Park Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Mount Rainier National Park

If you have extra time, Grove of the Patriarchs Trail is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Paradise, which is located at an elevation of 5,400 feet, is a great place to start your park visit and where you'll find the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center, the main visitor center for the park. It offers general information, exhibits, a park film, guided ranger programs, a gift store and

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    Sunrise
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    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    From its elevation at 6,400 feet, Sunrise offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of the surrounding valleys. From this perch, travelers will have views of Mount Rainier and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range, such as Mount Adams. Sunrise is also the highest spot in the park that can be reached by

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    Grove of the Patriarchs Trail
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    #3 in Mount Rainier National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This 1-mile loop trail, which is located west of the Stevens Canyon Entrance on the Ohanapecosh River, takes you to an island where 1,000-year-old Douglas fir and western red cedar trees tower over you. Visitors call this a "beautiful loop trail" and say the old growth trees are "amazing." Travelers

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    Silver Falls Trail
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This 3-mile round-trip trail, which begins from the Ohanapecosh Campground, takes visitors to gorgeous Silver Falls and is relatively flat and easy to hike, making it popular with families. The trail follows the river to the falls, crosses a bridge and then loops back to the campground. Visitors call the

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    Skyline Trail
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    The start of the 5 ½-mile Skyline Trail sits near the entrance to the Jackson Visitor Center atParadiseand is marked by stone steps inscribed with a quote by John Muir that reads: "… the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in

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    Longmire
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    Museums, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    When the park was established in 1899, James Longmire's homestead and mineral springs resort became the park's headquarters. Longmire settled in the area in the mid-1800s, discovered the springs and opened a rustic resort. Today, the original 1916 headquarters shelters a year-round museum with information and exhibits that tell the

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