One of the most impressive sights one can see here in Washington state is the 14,411 ft (4,392 m) “mountain”. I put this in parentheses because this monster of a “mountain” called Mt. Rainier is actually a volcano. This volcano, that won’t harm anyone of course, can be seen from all around. It doesn’t matter if you are in downtown Seattle or looking out of you classroom window. It’s majestic peak is seen throughout the area.
Seeing Mt. Rainier in the distance is a treat by itself. Especially for someone who comes from a country (the Netherlands) that has almost no hills or mountains at all. But nothing is as spectacular, besides climbing the mountain maybe, as going to the national park around the mountain, with the creative name of: “Mt. Rainier national park”. After multiple people had told me to go there I eventually did so and I was not disappointed.
We got in at Sunrise point, named after the sunrise you can spot from behind the mountain, at about 12.00 a.m. Sunrise point is, at an elevation of 6,400 ft (1950 m),the highest point accessible by car.
Still about 2 kilometers from the top of Mt. Rainier and I could already notice the fresh mountain.
I had a great time and I would recommend this to everybody. We hiked around the trails for about 4 hours and I must say I haven’t seen such beautiful views in a long time.