Mountain walking adventure near Seattle.
Snow-capped Mount Rainier—an active volcano—rises 14,410 feet and is the starting point of six major rivers. The icy behemoth also anchors 240 miles of hiking trails, ranging from wildflower-field nature walks to icy summit ascents. To experience it during warm weather, go in July or August; you’ll need raingear the rest of the year.
Paradise Inn, Paradise Dining Room
The dining room has great meatloaf and buffalo stew, and decent views over the mountain.
The property is comfortable and convenient—the trailheads are literally right outside your door.
Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
This outfitter teaches basic climbing skills that enable novices to reach Columbia Crest while attached to a guide by ropes.