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Situated on the west side of the Cascades in Washington State, Mount Rainier is the highest volcano of the range and the 5th highest mountain in the contiguous forty-eight states.  The Yakima Indians originally named it Tahoma, meaning "Great Snowy Peak," an apt name for the 14,410-foot mountain which is capped with snow year-round.  Twenty-six named glaciers carve into its rocky slopes.  To acknowledge and preserve its natural beauty, President William McKinley designated 235,625 acres in the region as Mount Rainier National Park on March 2, 1899.  About 2 million people visit annually; the peak is especially attractive to climbers for its beautiful snowy conditions.

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