Mount Rainier National Park
Includes all lodging, all meals, van shuttles between Seattle and Mt. Rainier, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included between Seattle and Mt. Rainier Park prior to and following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport WA; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
“Leaders were exceptionally helpful!”, Frank
Of all the mighty volcanoes of the Cascade Range, extending from southern British Columbia through northern California, none dominate the horizon as does Mt. Rainier. Rising from the Cascade foothills of central Washington, Rainier easily is the tallest of the High Cascade peaks. At 14,411 feet, Rainier is almost 300 feet higher than Shasta, the only other Cascade volcano exceeding 13,000 feet. On the other hand, as impressive as it is, Rainier is only one of more than 400 volcanoes* that comprise the Ring of Fire that encircles the Pacific Ocean.
The fact that Rainier rises to its lofty height virtually from sea level accounts for the incredible diversity of habitats of both vegetation and wildlife that thrive on the mountain. Temperate rain forests at lower elevations give way to lush subalpine forests, tundra, and ultimately, permanent snowfields and glaciers as elevation increases. Thanks to conservationists, including John Muir, Congress enacted the necessary legislation on March 2, 1899, creating Mt. Rainier National Park, our fifth national park.
*In Timberline’s 40th anniversary year, we are celebrating all things 40!
|Day 1||Narada Falls to Longridge - Van Trump Park overnight at Paradise Inn||6|
|Day 2||Skyline Trail Loop||6|
|Day 3||Chinook Pass: Pacific Crest Trail – Loop around Naches Peak, ovenight at Quicksilver Lodge||6|
|Day 4||Sunrise: Berkeley Park||8|
|Day 5||Sunrise Area: Fryingpan Creek to Summerland Meadows||8|
|Day 6||Sunrise Area:Burroughs Mountain Trail to First or Second Burroughs||6|