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Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier over Tacoma.jpg
Mount Rainier with Tacoma, Washington in front.
Elevation 14,411 ft (4,392 m)
Prominence 13,211 ft (4,027 m)ranked 21st
Listing U.S. state high point
Mount Rainier is located in Washington
Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier National Park, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Range Cascade Range
Coordinates 46°51′10″N 121°45′37″W / 46.8528857°N 121.7603744°W / 46.8528857; -121.7603744Coordinates: 46°51′10″N 121°45′37″W / 46.8528857°N 121.7603744°W / 46.8528857; -121.7603744[1]
Topo map USGS Mount Rainier West
Type Stratovolcano
Age of rock 500,000 years
Volcanic arc/belt Cascade Volcanic Arc
Last eruption 1894 [2]
First ascent 1870 by Hazard Stevens and P. B. Van Trump
Easiest route rock/ice climb via Disappointment Cleaver

Mount Rainier is a mountain 54 miles (87 kilometres) southeast of Seattle, Washington, in the United States. The volcano is the highest mountain in the Cascade Range, at 14,410 feet (4,392 metres). The top of the mountain is mostly covered by snow and glaciers. Rainier is an active volcano, but has not had an eruption for more than 100 years. Some describe Rainier as dormant or inactive.[3]

On March 2, 1899, U.S. President William McKinley made the mountain and area around it Mount Rainier National Park. It was the country's fifth national park.


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