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Everyone’s Favorite Mountain

Everyone's Favorite Mountain

About Mount Rainier

The closest university to Mount Rainier, PLU is ideally located for students interested in exploring Washington’s highest peak. “The mountain,” as locals call it, is a constant presence on campus. It’s fewer than 50 miles away from PLU and stands a towering 14,410 feet. PLU students regularly visit Rainier to ski, hike, take photos and research volcanic deposits, glacial runoff and prehistoric peoples.

  • Mount Rainier is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States, meaning it has the longest length between its peak and its base.
  • With 26 major glaciers and 36 square miles of permanent snowfields and glaciers, Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states.
  • Mount Rainier National Park is about 235,613 acres and is visited by more than 2 million people per year.
  • The mountain previously was called Tacoma, and also was referred to as Talol, Tahoma, Tacobeh and Pooskaus by various Native American tribes.
  • PLU also is just 75 miles from Olympic National Park, the largest national park in Washington state.
  • From Mount Rainier’s summit one can see Mount Hood, Glacier Peak, Mount Baker, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens.
  • Mount Rainier is part of the Cascade Range, which stretches from Northern California to Washington.