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 by Dan Nelson. Introducing next-generation trail guides for the Northwest. More day hikes, with options for extending the trip; hike selection conveniently arranged by highway and travel corridors; more hikes close to urban centers; more year-round hikes at low elevation; clear driving directions; a portable size; and more use of color. 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...
Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass (Cascade Alpine Guide) by Fred Beckey. This Mountaineer book contains everything needed to know for climbing the Cascade Mountains including maps, geographic aspects, safety and more. Order now...
Moon Washington, 9th Edition. by Ericka Chickowski. From urban cities to rural towns, this native gives an insider's perspective on everything the Evergreen State has to offer featuring great places to eat, scenic drives and volunteer vacations. Discover Seattle's arts and culture, climbing Mt. Rainier, sleeping in a train car near Elbe and much more. Order now...
Frommer's Washington State. by Karl Samson. In this detailed and completely up-to-date guide, you'll find great places to stay in every price range: sleek Seattle business hotels, romantic coastal inns, historic B&Bs, family-friendly motels, rustic cabins, and more. Order now...
Hidden Washington: Including Seattle, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, Cascades and Columbia River Gorge (Hidden Travel) by Eric Lucas. This author gets to know each community by going from neighborhood to neighborhood. This book will take you to all the great spots while describing both the famous attractions and hidden favorites. Order now...
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