Staying Cool, Mt. Rainier NP

Mt. Rainier National Park

For those of you who may be living through a sweltering mid-summer weekend, here’s some cool and refreshing photos from Sunrise Point in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington. Sunrise Point, at an elevation of 6,400 feet, is the highest point at the park that is accessible by car. These aren’t photos from last winter. I took them July 3.

Mt. Rainier National Park was established in 1899. It was the fourth U.S. national park.

Mt. Rainier National Park

At a much lower elevation, and at the southern end of the park is Longmire. This was once a mineral spring resort operated by James Longmire, an American explorer who found his way here in the 1850’s.

Longmire, Mt. Rainier NP
A mineral spring at Longmire
Longmire Library
The Longmire Library was originally built in 1910 and at first used as a community kitchen. It has had a number of different uses throughout its history but now once again serves as a library for park staff.
Rusty Springs
Rusty Spring. The water here originated as snow melt or rainwater. It is warmed by geothermal heat and the warm water dissolves iron which oxidizes and gives it a rusty color.
Trail of the Shadows
Western Tanager
Western Tanager
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6 Responses to Staying Cool, Mt. Rainier NP

  1. Donna Janke says:

    These are beautiful photos. Mount Ranier Park looks lovely. I’ve never been to the park, but I’ve sometimes seen the top of Mount Ranier from Vancouver Island when visiting my sister in Victoria.

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  2. retrosimba says:

    What an enchanting place. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

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  3. Vinny says:

    What a beautiful place!

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  4. Bumba says:

    Thanks. I’ve put Mt Rainer on travel list,


  5. Wonderful springs and stone work

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