Mount Rainier National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Carbon Glacier

    by chewy3326 Updated Nov 12, 2005

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    Most people miss this corner of the park. The Carbon River Road leads from Enumclaw to the Ipsut Creek Campground. From the campground, hike 2 hours and 3.5 miles one-way to the Carbon Glacier. The trail is mainly gravel, and doesn't provide too much shade. You'll cross a suspension bridge, and walk alongside the Carbon River most of the way. The glacier is dirty and isn't the prettiest sight, but the view of the mountain is grand. Also, there are plenty of wildflowers along the trail.

    Carbon Glacier
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    Clouds obscuring Mount Ranier

    by goingsolo Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    It began as a typical day in the Pacific Northwest- overcast. But the sun slowly burned through the clouds and allowed Ranier to come into full view. For most of the morning though, Ranier remained hidden behind the grayish curtain offering only a peek at the immense snow covered mountain.

    Mount Ranier

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    Wildlife

    by goingsolo Updated Jul 9, 2004

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    The park rangers estimate that there are approximately 2,000 elk within the park boundaries. The elk were reintroduced to the park in the 1900s. At the present time, park officials are concerned about damage to meadows occuring as a result of elk migration.
    None of that bothers this little one, who's a deer and not an elk. He's found a good spot rright near the road.

    Deer grazing by the side of the road.

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    Snow in Paradise

    by goingsolo Written Jul 7, 2004

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    Paradise is located at about 5,600 feet, approximately a mile above sea level. It receives an average annual precipitation of 600 inches per year. During the winter of 1971-1972, 1,172 inches of snow fell, which is a world's record. At least it is according to the nps website.

    Paradise

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    LITTLE TAHOMA

    by mtncorg Written Dec 16, 2003

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    Little Tahoma is a huge pyramidal satellite of Mt Rainier standing just to the east. It rises to 11138 ft/2802 m. Best climbed from Summerland to the east or from Paradise, you cross both the Cowlitz and Ingraham Glaciers. It is about 10 hours from Paradise. Rotten rock awaits.

    Little Tahoma in morning sunlight, Cathedral Rocks
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    • Mountain Climbing
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    View from the summit

    by goingsolo Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    Again, not the summit of Ranier, but a lookout on a nearby mountain. On a clear day, it is possible to see the North Cascades from here.

    Mt Fremont summit

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