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|Mt. Rainier National Park|
Mt Rainier features an extensive network of trails which provide access to many of the most popular featurs as well as to the wilderness backcountry. More than 300 miles of recreational trails can be found within the boundaries of the park.
The most famous trail is the Wonderland Trail, a 92.2 miles trail which completely circles the mountain, which was completed in 1915-1916. The challenging but beautiful route may take 8-14 days to complete if attempted at one time. At various places there is a "high" and a "low" trail, the higher being more rugged and scenic. There is also a network of designated campsites which are found 8-12 miles aparpt on the trails.
For potential visitors, ParkVision recommends "Story Behind the Scenery" guides and "Trails Ilustrated" maps.
Another popular trail is the Nisqually Vista Trail, located in the vicinity of Paradise Inn and the visitor services in Paradise Valley, is 1.2 miles long and provides an outstanding view of the Nisqually Glacier.
There are a number of additional trails in the Paradise area just above Paradise Inn. This trail climbs up the meadow and provides spectacular views of Mt. Rainier.
One of the most interesting features in the park is Box Canyon where the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz River has cut a deep chasm through the rock. The area features a paved nature trail which allows visitors to view the canyon and cross the river on a bridge far above the water.
The trail also leads by rocks which bear the scars of glaciers which carved the topography of the area. Such rocks can be seen in the right foreground section of the picture.
There are a large number of trails in the Sunrise area, most of which provide spectacular views of the east side of Mt. Rainier, the Tatoosh Range, and other scenic wonders of the park. Here, the Sourdough Ridge Nature Trail leads from the main building in the Sunrise Valley.
The Sourdough Trail leads from Sunrise Point to the Sunrise area. The view of Mt. Rainier from this trail is spectacular.
Information about Mt. Rainier National Park has been drawn from personal experience, data available in the park itself, and a number of other sources, including:
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- Whitney, Stephen. Western Forests. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.
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