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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



Before the arrival of European explorers, Indian tribes lived in the lowlands surrounding the mountain. Some tribes called the mountain "Takhonia," others "Tahoma" meaning "high mountain," "great snowy peak," or just "the mountain."

The, first recorded view of the mountain by a European was made by Captain George Vancouver while mapping Puget Sound in 1792. He mentioned sighting a "remarkably high mountain covered with snow." He named the peak after his friend Rear Admiral Peter Rainier, who never saw the mountain.


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