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Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier over Tacoma.jpg
Mount Rainier with Tacoma, Washington in front.
Elevation14,412 ft (4,393 m)
Prominence13,211 ft (4,027 m)ranked 21st
ListingU.S. state high point
Mount Rainier National Park, Pierce County, Washington, USA
RangeCascade Range
Coordinates46°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 mapUSGS Mount Rainier West
Age of rock500,000 years
Volcanic arc/beltCascade Volcanic Arc
Last eruption1894 [2]
First ascent1870 by Hazard Stevens and P. B. Van Trump
Easiest routerock/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.


  1. "Mount Rainier". United States Geological Survey. 
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  3. Ball, Jessica. "Voices: Dead or alive ... or neither? Why a dormant volcano is not a dead one," Earth Magazine (American Geosciences Institute). September 8, 2010; retrieved 2012-6-14.

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