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Old 06-24-2012, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Hi, I am new to the state and I will be here for 7 more weeks. I have driven on HWY 12 through Mt rainier national park....but there weren't very many view of MT. Rainier (I can only remember like one or two) and it just bugs me how close/large/beautiful Mt. Rainier looks in the backdrop of Tacoma. My question is: is there a road I can take to get me as close as possible to the base for a stunning view? Looking through Google Earth, it seems like Mowich lake road gets super close.


Any ideas? Youll have to be detailed as I am not familiar with anything.

Thanks!
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Randall County, TX
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Due to missing a street I needed to turn in during my days in long haul trucking, I accidentally found a road that has a great view of Mt. Rainier. From HWY 512, take the Pacific Ave (HWY 7) and go south. After several miles, you'll come to the 507/7 split. You'll want to continue south on 7. Go several more miles to 224th St E and turn east (left turn). Once you're in a clearing from the trees, Mt. Rainier will be very visible. The view isn't all that bad, IMO.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:27 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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Another option is highway 410. From Enumclaw go out through the little town of Greenwater, and a few miles past the
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort you will be very close to the back side of the mountain with great views. That road is closed in winter but this year opened in late May.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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Another option is highway 410. From Enumclaw go out through the little town of Greenwater, and a few miles past the
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort you will be very close to the back side of the mountain with great views. That road is closed in winter but this year opened in late May.
the gondola ride at Crystal will give you the most amazing view of Rainier possible (on a clear day)
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:30 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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I'm all the way in Olympia and get amazing views of Mt. Rainier on my drive to work. The key is - it must be a clear day. We lived here for a month before even catching a glimpse of Rainier. If you want to be close to Rainier and get a view, if my memory serves me correctly, there is a pretty sick view from the road going to the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mt. Rainier National Park.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Yakima, WA
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The flight from Seattle to Yakima goes right past Mount Rainier (you need to be sitting on the starboard side of the aircraft) with a superb view of Mount Rainier on a clear day.
It's run by Alaska airlines with Bombardier Q400 twin turboprop aircraft.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:13 PM
 
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the gondola ride at Crystal will give you the most amazing view of Rainier possible (on a clear day)
+1 on that. Nice place to eat on top as well. If the weather is good you can sit outside and get really nice views in all directions.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:35 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Parking lot of Paradise Lodge is pretty good view
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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You have to hike a little to get the best views from the Mowich Lake area.

The best views from a road are either in Paradise or Sunrise. If you're going to pay to see the mountain, please support the National Park and not Crystal Mountain - you'll save money and you'll get a better view.

You can also get great views from the Tipsoo Lake area, which is in the National Park but outside the fee area.
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