Mount Rainier - Southeast Crater Rim, Washington

Prominence: 0 ft, 0 m

Elevation: 14,200+ feet, 4328+ meters

Approx. Isolation: 0.27 mi, 0.44 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 TypeSub-Peak, subsidiary to Mount Rainier
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)46° 51' 5'' N, 121° 45' 19'' W
46.851382, -121.755173 (Dec Deg)
594900 E 5189401 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionPierce

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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 256
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Selected Trip Reports:
     1979-07-01 by Jim Walseth
     2003-07-11 by Jeff Crow
     2008-09-05 by Owen Gabrielson
     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)
     2013-04-29 by Don Elwell
     2013-08-01 by James Stone
     2013-08-11 by Ryan Wichelns
     2014-07-12 by Chad Christensen
     2014-08-06 by Jerry Thomas (GPS Track)
     2016-06-17 by Andy Westbrock
     2016-06-29 by Tomoko Nakajima
     2016-06-29 by Eric Schafer (GPS Track)
     2016-08-25 by Eric Schafer (GPS Track)
     2018-06-28 by Jeremy Benezra (GPS Track)
     2018-07-29 by Ananth Maniam
     2019-06-10 by Ayelet Bitton
     2020-07-01 by Benjamin Podawiltz (GPS Track)
     2021-04-20 by Dustin Wittmier (GPS Track)
     2021-07-07 by Nicholas de Steiguer
     2021-07-18 by Andrew Coulthard (GPS Track)
     2022-07-12 by Eric Onnen (Unsuccessful) (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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Looking toward the SE crater rim from Columbia Crest - the summit of Mount Rainier (2014-08-03). Photo by Max Schrempp.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 0 ft/0 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 80 ft/24 m
  Line Parent: Mount Rainier
  Key Col: 14,200 ft/4328 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 0.27 mi/0.44 km
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
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    Mount Rainier  (WNW)
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
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean
Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean
Cowlitz (HP)
Columbia (HP)
Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Rainier National Park
Wilderness/Special Area: Mount Rainier Wilderness Area
Topo MapMount Rainier West O46121g7 1:24,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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