Mount Rainier ( Fall 2009 )

posted Sep 1, 2011, 3:32 AM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Sep 1, 2011, 4:35 AM ]
Mount Rainier - the highest mountain around Seattle. Approximately 14400 feet high. It towers over the Seattle skyline on sunny days. The Paradise Inn is a historic resort - at approximately 5600 feet. After that you can walk up a path, with a very scenic view through the meadows - towards Mount Rainier. Even during May - July, you will always find snow even at 7000ft. I parked my car near Paradise Inn and then went up to approximately 8500 feet.

Top: A lonely beaver sits on a rock at Rainier National Park. 
1st Row: The view around Paradise; Pictures of the Rainier peak clicked from the path starting from Paradise
2nd Row: A closer view of Mount Rainier; historic Paradise Inn; view around Paradise Inn at sunset. 

Mount Rainier is also an episodically active volcano.

Mount Rainier, the highest (4392 m) volcano in the Cascade Range, towers over a population of more than 2.5 million in the Seattle Tacoma metropolitan area, and its drainage system via the Columbia River potentially impacts another 500,000 residents of southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. Mount Rainier is the most hazardous volcano in the Cascades in terms of its potential for magma water interaction and sector collapse, and major eruptions or debris flows even without eruption. It poses significant dangers and economic threats to the region but despite such hazards and risk, Mount Rainier has received little study.

Pictures of Rainier and Paradise Inn