14,411 ft / 4,392 m


13,212 ft / 4,027 m




225 summits

Top climbing months

July   34%

June   25%

August   15%

Most climbed route

Disappointment Cleaver

Class 3 • 8,967 ft / 2,733 m gain


  • Most prominent mountain in the contiguous US (prominence is greater than K2!) and the 21st most prominent mountain in the world
  • Huge, active stratovolcano with 2 craters on top, last eruption 1894
  • 26 major glaciers, it’s the most heavily glaciated peak in lower 48 states
  • Centerpiece of Mount Rainier National Park, only 54 miles from Seattle
  • Thousands attempt to summit each year, but only about half of attempts succeed mostly due to weather or conditioning
"Trip of a lifetime. Went with a guided IMG trip. 3 days. Day 1 left Paradise up the Muir Snowfields to Camp Muir. Arrived late afternoon. A few hours to get setup for the night and enjoy the day. Day 2 did ice axe, self arrest, rope work training on the top of the Cowlitz Glacier. Then hiked up to Ingraham flats for a short 1.5hrs. Got set up and enjoyed the sunshine and had a briefing on whats to be expected the next morning. Went to 'bed' at 5pm ish. Slept for 3 hours. Then up at midnight to get ready for the summit push. Departed at 1:26am up through the Dissapointment Cleaver, across the " - MarkJPerkins, Sep 16, 2017
"Climbed with Alpine Ascents via the Disappointment Cleaver. Route had collapsed the previous week so we were the first to head up the new route. It was a bit dicey moving through the seracs in a very circuitous route avoiding the very wide late season crevasses. We were the first group to the top and began our descent when it was still dark. " - GlacierSmith, Sep 1, 2017
"We planned on leaving Camp Muir at 11:00 PM, as this was our first full attempt at the summit and we were unsure of our pace as a rope team. We ended up leaving at 12:10 AM--Jeremy came down with an illness and the three remaining people adjusted the plan and redistributed group gear. Saw the Northern Lights from Cathedral Gap. Made it Ingraham Flats at 1:10 and the summit at 6:40. We were treated to a glorious sunrise on the way up while resting and allowing a team member to recover from some altitude-related light-headedness. Headed down at 8:00 AM and returned to Camp Muir at 11:30. Disappo" - TynanRammGranberg, Jul 17, 2017
"We did it!!! There were some trials and tribulations along the way, but we made the summit! Started from Paradise and took the DC route. Camped at Muir Camp the first day and set out a bit after 11pm. 2 members of our rope team were not being team players, so we ended up almost having to turn back at the top of the cleaver. Luckily, that wasn't the case & we made the summit around 8am after Jose joined our rope team. The route was in good condition and weather held out until we got back to Muir Camp, when a big lenticular cloud engulfed the summit. We rested for a little bit, then packe" - Kevin, Jul 10, 2017
"Did a one day/single push summit of Mount Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver Friday Night/Saturday Morning. The route is continuing to open up fast. A good 1/3 of the Cleaver is melted out now, and there are 10 or 12 crevasse/snow bridge crossings (most small). The giant "Tsunami" cornice is still overhanging the route on the big traverse from the Cleaver to the Emmons Glacier, with some ice fall from it already evident. When that thing goes, it's going to cover the path (which has been moved lower down the mountain) - hopefully no one is on it. We had winds of about 30 MPH, but overall c" - BryHong8, Jul 7, 2017



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