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.