Mount Rainier

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Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier over Tacoma.jpg
Mount Rainier with Tacoma, Washington in front.
Highest point
Elevation 14,412 ft (4,393 m)
Prominence 13,211 ft (4,027 m) ranked 21st
Isolation 1,177 kilometres (731 mi)
Listing U.S. state high point
Ultra
Geography
State/Province US-WA
Parent range Cascade Range
Topo map USGS Mount Rainier West
Geology
Age of rock 500,000 years
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Volcanic arc/belt Cascade Volcanic Arc
Last eruption 1894 [1]
Climbing
First ascent 1870 by Hazard Stevens and P. B. Van Trump
Easiest route rock/ice climb via Disappointment Cleaver

Mount Rainier is a mountain 54 miles (87 kilometres) southeast of Seattle, Washington, in the United States. The volcano is the highest mountain in the Cascade Range, at 14,410 feet (4,392 metres). The top of the mountain is mostly covered by snow and glaciers. Rainier is an active volcano, but has not had an eruption for more than 100 years. Some describe Rainier as dormant or inactive.[3]

On March 2, 1899, U.S. President William McKinley made the mountain and area around it Mount Rainier National Park. It was the country's fifth national park.

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