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The Wonderland Trail
encircling Mount Rainier


Mount Rainier

General Information    History    Volcanoes/Glaciers    Flora and Fauna    Weather
Hiking/Camping    Other Activities


Flora and Fauna

The forests surrounding the mountain are predominantly Douglas-Fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, and several species of fir.  The alpine meadows above them are summer time celebrations of color as wildflowers bloom in July and August. Their broad vistas are cool and remote, with majestic sweep and rising snowline. In August tiny alpine ecosystems flourish at the toes of the ice fields.

Animals living in the park include bear, deer, elk, mountain goats, mountain lions, bobcats, beaver, marmots, squirrels, rabbits and raccoons, and a variety of resident and transient birds.