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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier
The heart of Mount Rainier National Park is the mountain, and it's a biggie -14,411 ft high, covered with glaciers, waterfalls cascading down rocky cliffs, green meadows and profuse wildflowers in summer. Traveling around Mount Rainier, there's something for kids at every age - toddlers can run around easy paths at Paradise or old-growth forests in the Grove of the Patriarchs, older kids and teens will want to stretch their legs on panoramic alpine trails.
Tip: The summer season for Mount Rainier is short, and the best time to visit is July and August.
Mount Rainier Photo Album
    Southeast Stevens Canyon Entrance
    Go camping – Mount Rainier has different campgrounds, available on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can reserve in advance at Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds. Click here for more information.
    Free shuttle – June to September, ride the weekend shuttle bus from Ashford (outside the park) to Paradise, with stops at Longmire and Cougar Rock Campground. Ride the shuttle and avoid crowded parking lots at Paradise. Here’s the schedule.
Mount Rainier wildflowers
  Wildflowers –Mount Rainier gets quantities of rain and snow, and even at Labor Day, the wildflowers are extraordinary –we saw fields of purple asters, alpine lupine, dark blue mountain bog gentians, magenta paintbrush, yellow monkeyflowers, white pearly everlasting, and more.
  Tips for enjoying Mount Rainier

Don't feed the animals – Especially the marmots will come out on the trail and look very cute, but don't give them bread or crackers. Feeding the wildlife is bad for the animals and prohibited in the park.

Changeable weather – Hiking in Paradise close to Mount Rainier, it may be warm and sunny down at the visitor center, but as you go up the mountain, mists can quickly blow in and it will become cold. Have sweatshirts and windbreakers with you on your hikes.

Footwear – Wear closed-toed shoes, don't hike in flip-flops. Dirt trails have sharp rocks, and even in late summer, snow can cover the trail in sections.

Bring water on hikes – In the visitor center at Paradise, fill up your water bottles with delicious filtered water.

Stay on the trails and protect the meadows – Around Paradise (the most popular area), resist wandering off the trail and please don't pick the flowers. The meadows are gorgeous, but fragile environments. Imagine if you and 2 million visitors ran around the meadows, what would happen to the wildflowers?

kids books mount rainier national park

Find out about Mount Rainier National Park – dormant volcano, mountains, glaciers, alpineforests and wildflowers, wildlife (black bears, beavers, eagles, giant salamanders, mountain goats), Native Americans and explorers, animal tracker, conservation and protecting the park. (Easy reader)



Explore Mount Rainier with Ranger Red Fox – glaciers, mighty mountains, ice caves, wonderful wildlife, mini-field guide, forest leaf tracker, map. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)


Mt. Rainier washington childrens books  
Discovering Mt. Rainier
Nancy Field, Sally Machlis

Fun facts about Mount Rainier National Park – plants, animals, wildflowers, glaciers, trails, plus mazes, games, and forest animal stickers. (Activity book)


Best Easy Day Hikes
Mount Rainier National Park

Heidi Schneider, Mary Skjelset

Guide to 30 different hikes around Mount Rainier, ideal for families (half are less than 3 miles round trip). Map, detailed hike descriptions, trail difficulty, and what you'll see along the way. (Guidebook)


Wildflowers of Mount Rainier  
Wildflowers of Mount Rainier
Laird R. Blackwell

Not a kid's book per se, this is our favorite reference for wildflowers you'll see at Mount Rainier, especially in the Paradise area. (Guidebook)


More children's books on other Washington pages.
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