“Paradise. They didn't name it that without reason.”
This is a visitor center on the South Face of Mt. Rainier, a mountain which is unrivaled in elevation within the state of Washington.(14,411 ft.or 4,392 m) 2.84 miles tall. Visible on a clear day to two thirds of the state, it serves as a compass for the lost on a subconscious level. Referred to locally and simply as "The Mountain", Rainier is ready to pop its cork either in five hours or two hundred eighty years from now. We just don't know when, though some scientists say it is likely next in the U.S., to blow.
In any case, it is gorgeous, sitting in its own macro weather climate and is visually stunning from a constantly changing vista as the visitor moves from the brand new Visitor Center to the myriad trails which fan out from it. Parking is starting to become a serious restriction on the busiest days, so be sure to consult a Ranger at Longmire, on your way up the mountain. Food is available next to the Visitor Center. Overnight accomodations are available at Longmire as well. A volcano would likely change the views, so drink it in now.
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