National Wilderness Areas
The South Cascades' three snow-capped volcanoes - Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams - rise dramatically above their lesser neighbors in the Cascade Range as the outstanding featured attractions in this widely popular recreational area of South Central Washington.
Mount Rainier National Park is the star attraction and plays host to millions of visitors each year including thousands of climbers who successfully reach Mount Rainier's summit at an elevation of 14,410 feet. The park offers magnificent alpine views, hundreds of hikes, deep forests, beautiful nature walks, attractive campgrounds, and, for the hardy, challenging climbs.
Mount St. Helens, long a favorite of climbers for its easy access and familiar routes, erupted in May 1980 and blew off 1,300 feet of its summit. The eruption caused significant loss of life and major property damage and now the mountain and its immediate vicinity has been designated as the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Visitor Centers offer fascinating studies of volcanic activity for students of all ages.
Mount Adams, in the southwestern corner of the area, rises to an elevation of 12,276 feet and is the centerpiece of the Mount Adams Wilderness. Mount Adams is a popular climb and the mountain plays host to thousands of visitors annually who come to hike and climb on its snow-covered slopes or hike, backpack, picnic and camp among the forested mountains and valleys skirting its lower elevations.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Day Hiking South Cascades (Mountaineers Book) by Dan Nelson. This compact guide features over 100 day hikes with detailed information, charts, full-colored maps and historical highlights. Discover where to camp, extended routes and difficulty ratings on each hike. Order now...
Cascades Rock - 160 Best Multipitch Climbs of All Grades by Blake Herrington. This book is full of information including details on routes, topos and stories of local climbers covering mountain and alpine routes in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and BC plus rock climbing in nearby towns. Order now...
Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume I by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield. A collection of over 75 popular climbing routes are featured along with photographs (half with route overlays), maps and detailed descriptions for a variety of climbs such as ice climbs, hard rock and alpine routes. Order now...
Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume II by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield. Features 100 routes, including top favorite sport and crag climbing areas. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, several with route overlays. Highlights fun, quality climbs for all skill levels. Order now...
Moon Washington, 10th Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Matthew Lombardi. This travel writer and Seattle resident gives an insider's view of everything the Evergreen State has to offer such as great places to eat, scenic drives and volunteer vacations. Discover Seattle's arts and culture, details on climbing Mt Rainier and much more. Order now...
Frommer's Washington State, 7th Edition by Karl Samson. This expert author tells you where to find great places to stay in every price range, the best outdoor recreation and much more. Utilize the planning tools to maximize your next adventure in the Evergreen State. Order now...
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