Mt Rainier National Park by Motorcycle

This entry is part 12 of 18 in the series American National Parks

The next day we would travel up highway 410 through Mt. Rainier National Park enroute to Port Angeles, WA, where we would catch the ferry to Victoria, BC.

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After a quick night in Yakima we were off on highway 410. It seems to take forever to get to any scenery much less large mountains. Finally we started to climb. The views were getting better and better and then there was the sight that every national park visitor dreads. The line. Not just a line but parked cars. People were out of their cars and playing in the road and hanging out by the over looks. This may take a while.

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A long line of parked cars. We had no idea how far we were from the park.

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We just parked the bikes and took in the views. It was a beautiful day after all.

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I didn’t check to see if there was any construction. Dang. After about 30 minutes the line of cars started moving so we hopped on the bikes to keep up.

About a mile up the road we got around the construction area and found ourselves at the entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.

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Entrance to Mt Rainier National Park

Just past the entrance we came to an overlook where we finally got a view of Mt. Rainier. This is a majestic mountain rising 14,400 ft above sea level. It is believed that Mt. Rainier is the most glaciated mountain in the lower 48 states. It is snow capped nearly year round.

I used to fly by Mt Rainier flying from MSP to HNL. Here are some pictures I took from the air.

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Mt. Rainier poking through the clouds
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Close up of the summit. Mt. Rainier

Here is the view from the overlook by the east entrance.

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As bloggers we have a habit of taking way more pictures than we need. When you have such amazing scenery, you can’t help yourself.

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lots of great scenery
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Beautiful overlook

The road to the visitor center was over 10 miles each way. With the long delay for construction we had to take a pass on this trip. Next time. We needed to get to Port Angeles to catch the ferry to Victoria, BC.

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Mt Rainier in all her glory

True confessions- Before this trip I didn’t even know there was a Mt. Rainier National Park. This is definitely on our list of places to come back and visit. Probably not on a motorcycle.

Captain Dan’s Tips

The obvious one from this trip is to check on road construction. A long delay can really mess up your day.

This is a really beautiful area. Give yourself more time than we did. This is a destination all by itself.

We really liked Yakima. Check it out while you are in the area.

The road to Tacoma was a pain on motorcycles. Just saying.

Here is a link to Washington tourism.

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