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Mount Rainier National Park 2025 Calendar

Mount Rainier National Park in western Washington State preserves some of the best of nature’s scenic treasures. Described as an Arctic island in a temperate sea of coniferous forest, Mount Rainier is the tallest volcano in the Cascade Range and the largest single-peak glacial system in the contiguous United States. The Mount Rainier National Park 2025 calendar captures the park in all of its seasonal beauty through words and photographs by Ronald G. Warfield.

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

 

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Mount Rainier locations featured in this edition include:
• Mount Rainier basks in a warm magic-hour glow of strong side lighting as shadows stretch across the slopes of Alta Vista. The Mountain is “out” as winter revelers flock to Edith Creek Basin to ski, snowshoe, or snowboard.

• The jagged flourish of Pinnacle Peak projects above snow-flocked subalpine fir and mountain hemlock. In winter, when clouds often obscure views of Mount Rainier, skiers and snowshoers orient on the Pinnacle and other serrated peaks of the Tatoosh Range.

• This altocumulus stacked lenticular cloud portended a storm which brought more than nine feet of snowfall and 100-mile per hour winds to Paradise. This was not a day to climb.

• As the 320-foot plummet of Comet Falls splashes into spray, rainbows embellish the mist. Day-hikers ascending the 1400-foot rise
on the 1.6-mile Van Trump Park trail before noon enjoy a cool rest break in the spectral mist.

• Scenery-packed Spray Park attracts lovers of flower-filled meadows who prefer to avoid crowds of other flower enthusiasts. Slowmelting snow banks conceal the subalpine meadow through June. Patience is rewarded in July when avalanche lilies fill every nook and cranny, as this becomes the supreme subalpine meadow in Mount Rainier National Park.

• Beginning in late June, yellow glacier lilies ring melting snow banks. As the snow banks disappear, white avalanche lilies carpet every open space in the subalpine meadow. Flower enthusiasts, hiking on the Skyline Trail a short distance from the Paradise Inn, easily imagine that an avalanche of fine snow has fallen over Edith Creek Basin. Energy stored in bulbs over several growing seasons allows the lilies to emerge from the snow cover and explode into bloom.

• A dense old-growth forest of Alaska yellow cedar, mountain hemlock, and subalpine fir once shrouded the flat-topped Bench on the northern flank of the Tatoosh Range. A fire in 1886 left only the cedars that stand as silvery snags among the recovering forest. Beargrass, formerly sheltered beneath the forest cover, now dominates the foreground view of Mount Rainier. Some beargrass clumps bloom every summer in this sun-drenched meadow along the trail to Bench and Snow lakes.

• Masses of purple subalpine lupine spread an intoxicatingly fragrant carpet over the sea of wildflowers on the Lakes Trail on Mazama Ridge. Upon viewing this scene, naturalist John Muir declared that the flower-filled meadows of Paradise Valley were the most extravagantly beautiful subalpine garden he had ever found.

• Only a few weeks after luxuriant summer flowers wane, the subalpine meadows reignite in a blaze of autumn glory. The crowds of summer flower devotees have vanished, but autumn at Mount Rainier National Park excites color connoisseurs to compare brilliant local scenes with the best displays in North America.

• Mountain hemlocks, silhouetted by autumn evening light, frame a tranquil scene reflected in an ephemeral pool in the Tatoosh Range. In one gigantic visual gulp, this balcony view provides just the right perspective for us to comprehend Mount Rainier, at 14,411 feet in elevation, the tallest volcano in the Cascade Range.

• A warm glow highlights snow-flocked mountain hemlock and subalpine fir and bathes the slope of Mazama Ridge with the final rays of the setting sun at the end of a perfect day. After storms have deluged Paradise with more than a third of the average annual 652 inches of snowfall, the rime and snow-flocked trees bow like white-cloaked monks facing away from prevailing winds.

• Mount Rainier looms over a monochrome wonderland of white. Standing at Glacier Vista after moist Pacific storms have dropped a prodigious amount of snow on Paradise, it is difficult to imagine that glaciers worldwide are retreating. Of the 25 major glaciers on Mount Rainier, the Nisqually is the sixth largest by area and one of the six that flow from The Mountain’s summit.

 

About Ron Warfield

Photographer/Author Ron Warfield has lived near mountains throughout his life. Degrees in forestry, geology, and wild land ecology from Colorado State University provide a natural basis for his photography. Throughout his career as a Park Ranger-Naturalist with the National Park Service, he carried a camera. Since retiring from the position of Assistant Chief Park Naturalist at Mount Rainier, he has become a full-time outdoor photographer focusing on national parks across North America. Ron and his wife reside in Washington.

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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 11 × 14 × .25 in