Wednesday, April 15, 2015

M is for Mountains

There are, according to various sources, at least 63 named mountain ranges in Washington.  The two major ranges are the Olympic Mountains on the Olympic Peninsula close to the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

The Olympic Mountains are home to Hurricane Ridge (covered in H is for Hurricane Ridge) and you will find Mount Rainier, the highest mountain and volcano in Washington at 14,411 feet in the Cascade Mountains.  You can see Mount Rainier from many viewpoints in the state and it is truly majestic.

Our first sighting of Mount Rainier when we arrived in Washington, August 2014
I suppose Washington’s most recognizable mountain is Mount St. Helens, location of the catastrophic volcanic eruption in 1980, and now a National Volcanic Monument administered by the U.S. Forest Service. 

Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens are definitely on our list of places to explore.

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