The Ultimate Mount Rainier National Park Quiz
by Staff
Mount Rainier National Park is a beautiful natural wonder, arguably one of the most spectacular in the entire U.S. Recreational activities are in abundance there -- it's only a question of when to go and how long you want to spend there. Take this quiz to learn more about visiting Mount Rainier National Park.

Where is Mount Rainier National Park located?

  • east Vermont
  • upstate New York
  • central Washington

Which of these statements is true?

  • Mount Rainier is the only volcano in the Cascade Range.
  • Mount Rainier is one of several volcanoes in the Cascade Range.
  • Mount Rainier is in the Cascade Range but it is not a volcano.

When is the Longmire Museum open?

  • every day
  • from mid-April to mid-October
  • on weekends only

Mount Rainier boasts _____ campgrounds.

  • four
  • six
  • eight

What animals might you see at Mount Rainier National Park?

  • black bears, beavers, mountain goats
  • spotted deer, buffalo, otters
  • wild horses, rabbits, eagles

What accounts for the very tall western red cedar trees in the area?

  • the very fertile soil on the forest bed
  • the abundant sunshine
  • the 100 inches of annual rainfall

Why don't people usually visit Mount Rainier in the winter?

  • because of its legendary deep snow
  • because they don't have vacation then
  • because it is extremely cold then

You can sometimes see Mount Rainier's snow-capped peak more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) away. What does this depend on?

  • your eyesight
  • favorable weather conditions
  • neither of the above

What is the source of Mount Rainier's fields of vibrant color?

  • colorful wildflowers bursting into bloom
  • varied crops, such as maize and wheat
  • rare grasses of all shades that grow there

How old are the trees in Mount Rainier's forests?

  • up to 400 years old
  • no more than 800 years old
  • some are more than 1,000 years old

What food do marmots and pikas hoard for the winter?

  • dried grass
  • dried berries
  • nuts

What makes Emmons Glacier on the north side of Mount Rainier unique?

  • It is the oldest glacier in the continental U.S.
  • It is the highest glacier in the continental U.S.
  • It is the largest glacier in the continental U.S.

Which of these waterfalls can be found at Mount Rainier National Park?

  • Multnomah Falls
  • Christine Falls
  • Malchite Falls

It is said that the ascent to the summit of Mount Rainier takes two days. Is this true?

  • yes
  • no
  • depending on how slow you walk

When was the most recent volcanic eruption?

  • at the turn of the 19th century
  • at the end of the 19th century
  • at the turn of the 20th century

Mount Rainier was forged by _____ and shaped by _____.

  • lava, glacial melt
  • fire, ice
  • sandstone, water

What happened to Mount Rainier's original top?

  • It was lost in a huge mud flow.
  • It was destroyed in a great eruption.
  • It imploded due to its enormously heavy glacial weight.

Who referred to Mount Rainier as "a noble beacon of fire"?

  • pioneer Daniel Boone
  • author William Cullen Bryant
  • naturalist John Muir

At some 16,000 feet (4,876 meters), Mount Rainier towers over its mountain neighbors. How high are they?

  • 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) high
  • 6,000 feet (1,828 meters) high
  • 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) high

May you go backpacking in the national park?

  • yes
  • only by permit
  • no