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Excursions

take a hike

MOUNT RAINIER AND MOUNT ST. HELENS Memorial Visitor Center, open year-round with exhibits about the mountain and its glaciers. Later, hike one of several trails, from short, relatively flat loops to steep climbs on the mountain. On weekends, rangers lead hikes through the brilliant wildflower meadows, alive with marmots and chipmunks, and in winter, they guide snowshoe walks. Get more information about this area from Visit Rainier at visitrainier.com. TRAVEL INFO It’s a 2.5-hour drive to Mount Rainier. Take I-5 south to exit 127, continue

on Hwy 512 east, Hwy 7 south, and Hwy 706 east through Ashford to Mt. Rainier National Park’s Nisqually entrance. See page 74 for tour operators offering trips to Mount Rainier. Mount St. Helens gained

fame when it erupted in 1980, blowing a massive hunk off the mountain’s northern side and leaving it with a distinct “U” shape. For the best views of the crater and the slowly recovering forest, drive Highway 504 east from Castle Rock. Stop first at the Silver Lake Visitor

MOUNT RAINIER: Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center Paradise visitor area; visitrainier.com • Mount Rainier Visitor Center 30027 SE 706 E, Ashford; mt-rainier. com • HVisit Rainier visitrainier.com • MOUNT ST. HELENS: Fire Mountain Grill 15000 Spirit Lake Hwy, Toutle; fmgrill.com • Johnston Ridge Observatory end of Hwy 504 at 52 mile marker; open May through October; visitmtsthelens.com • HMount St. Helens Cowlitz County visitmtsthelens.com • Silver Lake Visitor Center five miles east of I-5 on Hwy 504; visitmtsthelens.com • SNOQUALMIE FALLS AND CASCADES: HCity of Snoqualmie Visitor Information Center 38767 SE River St, Snoqualmie; snovalley.org • HSalish Lodge & Spa 6501 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie; salishlodge.com • Snoqualmie Falls 6501 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie • The Summit at Snoqualmie 2181 Hwy 906; summitatsnoqualmie.com • HFor more Visit Seattle partners, see page 69

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Visit Seattle Travel Planners’ Guide 2014

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The HUGE white dome of Mount Rainier, one of the most prominent peaks in the world, looms southeast of Seattle. On clear days, the volcano is a breathtaking presence on the horizon. Up close, the views are even better: glaciers shine in the sunlight, meadows are filled with wildflowers, and the foothills have everything from mossy old-growth forests to roaring waterfalls. For an intimate experience with the 14,410-foot peak, head to Mt. Rainier National Park’s Paradise area. Start by exploring the Henry M. Jackson

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