Rainier on My Parade!

Mt. Rainier, 14411’, 4392m, in Mt. Rainier National Park, highest peak in state, Cascade Mountains, and highest volcano in U.S. Image taken from an alpine tarn in Moraine park on the north side of the peak showing a sunset reflection of the  5000-foot Willis Wall. Gigantic avalanches thunder down this wall at unpredictable intervals. Image taken in 4x5 film format August 1977. This amazing image, scanned at 2400dpi (280MB in size) even shows detail in moon when enlarged to full resolution (about 30x40 inches at 300 dpi).

We finish our tour of amazing public lands in the Pacific Northwest with Mount Rainier National Park. At more than 14,000 feet, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape, while the wildflower meadows and forests that ring the peak offers visitors a great place to explore. This beautiful shot of Mount Rainier – showing a sunset reflection in a lake – was taken from the north side of the peak along the Moraine Park Trail. Photo courtesy of Ed Cooper.