The region's best picks from our top field correspondent, who's notched more than 1,800 trail miles throughout the West and mapped 116 trips.
George Dunn, co-owner of International Mountain Guides, recalls personal adventures and gives tips about climbing Mount Rainier.
The granddaddy of the Cascades looms above Seattle like a great white beacon for snow junkies. The mountain's 25 major glaciers hold enough ice to bury Manhattan 150 feet deep, and some of the planet's highest recorded snowfalls guarantee powder for all. Paradise, the park's winter epicenter, has year-round road access.
Two years after hurricane-force winds and rain ravaged hundreds of miles of trail in Mt. Rainier National Park, the true damage is finally becoming clear. And what it's telling scientists is alarming: Bigger, more frequent–and more destructive–storms
may be coming.
Where winter strikes year-round
Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.
America's 100 Best Hikes–chosen by you.
Write your own ticket to new adventures with these 10 territory-expanding skills.
Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.
Stop dreaming, start planning with our top tips and picks for boots and gaiters
Get to the top and you'll hear a joyous echo
Snowshoe to a scenic high balcony
You'll never get a bad view of Rainier's glacier-clad slopes.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Washington.
Mind-bending views, close-up wildlife encounters.
The greatest backpacking parks in the United States, chosen for their scenery.
Sure, you can summit Mt. Rainier, but the real treasure isn't on top. It's the Wonderland Trail down below.
In every backpacker's life, there comes a time when you stare awestruck at a mountain and wonder, "What's it like to climb that sucker?"
A small taste of Washington's mighty mountain.