Spray Park Tarn
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The north face of Mount Rainier from a tarn at Spray Park
Mount Rainier National Park is a United States National Park located in the American state of Washington, some 54 miles south-east of Seattle. Established in 1899 and 368 miles in size, the National Park is centered on the spectacular cone of Mount Rainier, an massive active stratovolcano some 14,410 ft high. The park was established as America's fifth national park in 1899 (following Yellowstone in 1872 and Yosemite, Sequoia, and General Grant National Parks in 1890). The founding of Mount Rainier National Park was led by both local groups, including mountaineering clubs, newspaper editors, businessmen's associations, and University of Washington faculty, as well as by scientists throughout the country, primarily geologists. Mount Rainier, at 14,410 feet, is the most prominent peak in the Cascade Range. The mountain stands nearly three miles higher than the lowlands to the west and one and one-half miles higher than the adjacent mountains. The volcano, which last erupted approximately 150 years ago, is encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice. The park's total area is 235,625 acres, of which 97% is designated Wilderness. In addition to the mountain, the park contains outstanding examples of old growth forests and subalpine meadows. The park contains 26 named glaciers across 9 major watersheds, with 382 lakes and 470 rivers and streams and over 3,000 acres of other wetland types. The Spray Park Trail (6 miles) begins at the Mowich Lake campground and leads to a waterfall and the meadows of Spray Park, as well as views of Mowich Glacier.
January 15th, 2012
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