Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim, Washington

Prominence: 0 ft, 0 m

Elevation: 14,200+ feet, 4328+ meters

Approx. Isolation: 0 mi, 0 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 14,200 - 14,240 ft
    (40-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 14,206 ft / 4330 m
    (Range 14,206 - 14,246 ft)
Peak TypeSlope Point, subsidiary to Mount Rainier
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)46° 51' 5'' N; 121° 45' 19'' W
46.851382, -121.755173 (Dec Deg)
594900E 5189401N Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionPierce

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Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2003-07-11 by Jeff Crow
     2009-08-22 by Chris La Caze
     2009-12-26 by Franklin Bradshaw
     2010-07-15 by Michael Lewis
     2011-07-16 by Kevin DeFields (Unsuccessful)
     2011-07-31 by Gene Heinrich
     2012-08-04 by Joe Hans (GPS Track)
     2013-08-11 by Ryan Wichelns
     2014-07-12 by Chad Christensen
     2014-08-06 by Jerry Thomas (GPS Track)

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The snow and ice that surrounds the small 35-acre crater of Mount Rainier drains to marine water by three different rivers. The northern rim drains to the White, Carbon, and Puyallup Rivers, which all join the main Puyallup stream which enters Puget Sound at Tacoma. Most of the ice and water on the southern side of the peak flows to the Nisqually River, which enters the sound between Tacoma and Olympia. Finally, a small area of the southeastern crater rim marks the head of the Cowlitz River, which flows to the Columbia River at Longview and then the Pacific at Astoria.

The indeterminate spot on Mount Rainier’s crater rim where the Ingraham Glacier begins its journey toward the Cowlitz is notable as the highest elevation in the entire massive Columbia River Basin of over 250,000 square miles, which extends from icefields of the Canadian Rockies to the Tetons of Wyoming. Sadly, this spot is almost diametrically opposite the crater from the highest summit of Rainier, the Columbia Crest.

This spot is also, ironically, about where guided climbs led by RMI up the Disappointment Cleaver route often end. The rationale is often that there is no time to cross the crater to the true summit, and that the view is no better across the rim. But the guides could also mention that this spot is the apex of the largest drainage basin in the northwest.

The spot where the Puyallup and Nisqually basins meet on the crater rim is also indeterminate, but it appears to be close to Columbia Crest. The South Tahoma Glacier has lobes that flow to both river systems, so it is very difficult to draw a watershed line that follows a natural ridge in the area.

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  Optimistic Prominence: 80 ft/24 m
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  Key Col: 14,200 ft/4328 m
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    Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim  (WNW)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: South Washington Cascades
Range5: Mount Rainier Area
Range6: Mount Rainier Massif
Drainage BasinsMajor Triple Divide Point
Puget Sound
Pacific Ocean
Puget Sound
Pacific Ocean
Cowlitz (HP)
Columbia (HP)
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Rainier National Park
Wilderness/Special Area: Mount Rainier Wilderness Area
Topo MapMount Rainier West O46121g7 1:24,000

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