Elevation

14,411 ft / 4,392 m

Prominence

13,212 ft / 4,027 m

Range

Cascade

Summits

234 summits

Top climbing months

July   34%

June   25%

August   15%

Most climbed route

Disappointment Cleaver

Class 3 • 8,967 ft / 2,733 m gain

Highlights

  • 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
"Unguided 2-day summit. DC route was quite circuitous with several ladder crossings, rapidly deteriorating due to high temperatures all summer. Also pretty hazy due to a very serious fire burning in the Olympic Mountains. Clear sky on the summit, but 35 mph winds. An epic 2 days I will always look back on with a big smile." - jodola, Aug 9, 2018
"Summit attempt with RMI. Set off for the DC route at midnight from Camp Muir, setting off across the Cowlitz glacier, a relatively flat and straightforward traverse with little to no crevasse danger. It was dark and we followed our guide, along with many other rope teams. We then ascended a rock route up through Cathedral Rocks, a total messy kitty litter like affair - soft sandy gravelly type rock. Not much fun. We crossed the rocks and gained the Ingram Glacier, walking past the IMG camp and other independent tent parties, we sat down for our first of three scheduled breaks. It was dar" - markhadland, Jul 26, 2018
"Climbed the Emmons Glacier the weekend of July 21 and July 22. Freeze thaw has created pretty tough snow conditions (sun cups) up high above 13,500 feet. Route is starting to fall apart and route finding was a challenge in the morning especially with paths meandering through the glacier. First time up this side, which is longer and more elevation gain than the DC, but a beautiful approach. Was able to glissade a good part of the Inner Glacier coming down." - BryHong8, Jul 22, 2018
"Second ascent of Mount Rainier within the last year. Susie was turned back before the summit last year, so we came back to finish the job! Amber, Susie, Erica and I drove up from Vegas and ascended the DC route unguided. The GPS batteries died somewhere on the way up & I didn't notice until we were headed down out of the crater, so the track isn't quite complete. We hiked up in clouds, rain and snow on Tuesday morning, then hiked back down to Paradise through much of the same on Wednesday after summitting. At least we had nice (but cold) weather during our summit bid!" - Kevin, Jun 27, 2018
"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

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