The Ultimate Mount Rainier National Park Quiz
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About This Quiz
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?
Mount Rainier National Park is located in central Washington State, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Tacoma.
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, the centerpiece of the Mount Rainier National Park, 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?
This museum is open every day, whereas other visitor centers in Mount Rainier National Park are open seasonally.
from mid-April to mid-October
Mount Rainier boasts _____ campgrounds.
It boasts six campgrounds altogether, one of which -- Sunshine Point Campground -- is open all year round.
What animals might you see at Mount Rainier National Park?
black bears, beavers, mountain goats
You're likely to see black bears, beavers, mountain goats and even black-tailed deer.
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 100 inches of annual rainfall
The western red cedar trees owe their towering height to the abundant rainfall in the area -- about 100 inches (2.5 meters) a year.
Why don't people usually visit Mount Rainier in the winter?
because of its legendary deep snow
Mount Rainier is covered with deep snow in the winter and for this reason people usually go in the summer months.
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?
favorable weather conditions
It depends on the weather conditions. If the area is cloud-covered or misty, you obviously won't be able to see the peak from afar.
What is the source of Mount Rainier's fields of vibrant color?
colorful wildflowers bursting into bloom
The mountain has fields and fields of beautiful wildflowers that burst into bloom during the late spring and summer.
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?
no more than 800 years old
some are more than 1,000 years old
Some trees are more than 1,000 years old. That's a lot of tree rings to count!
What food do marmots and pikas hoard for the winter?
They hoard dried grass to tide them through the winter.
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.
Emmons Glacier is unique in two ways. It is both the largest and lowest-altitude glacier in the continental U.S.
Which of these waterfalls can be found at Mount Rainier National Park?
Christine Falls is in the park, one of many beautiful falls located there.
It is said that the ascent to the summit of Mount Rainier takes two days. Is this true?
Yes, it does indeed take an average of two days to climb to the summit.
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
It took place at the end of the 19th century, the last in a series of eruptions that occurred over a few decades.
at the turn of the 20th century
Mount Rainier was forged by _____ and shaped by _____.
Mount Rainier was forged by fire (volcanic eruptions) and shaped by ice (glaciers).
What happened to Mount Rainier's original top?
It was lost in a huge mud flow.
Scientists used to think it was destroyed in a great eruption, but now they believe that 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"?
author William Cullen Bryant
It was naturalist John Muir who referred to Mount Rainier as the noblest of mountain fire beacons.
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
They are about 6,000 feet (1,828 meters) high.
10,000 feet (3,048 meters) high
May you go backpacking in the national park?
Yes, you may, but you need to secure a permit first.
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