Eatonville is a bit southeast of Seattle in the vicinity of Mt. Rainier National Park which was the major purpose for our visit. We parked at Rainbow RV Resort which is located on picturesque Lake Tanwax. On a clear day, which we were fortunate to experience, you can see the peak of Mt. Rainier from the RV park.
At 14,410 feet, Mt. Rainier is the tallest volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range and the most glaciated peak in the continental United States with 26 named glaciers. We entered the park at the Nisqually entrance which is in the southwest corner of the park. Near the Longmire area we stopped for a hike that took us up to a spot with a nice view of Mt. Rainier. We continued on the main road stopping to check out waterfalls and other viewpoints. We went as far as the Paradise area which is the most popular spot in the park. It takes you to about 5,400 feet in elevation. The National Park Service says that “Paradise is the snowiest place on Earth where snowfall is measured regularly.” It has an average of 671 inches of snowfall per year with 1,122 inches recorded during the winter of 1971/72. Mt. Rainier NP is a little off the beaten path but well worth a more extensive visit.
Next stop: Portland, OR