Welcome to South Cascades

Most of the South Cascades are protected by an interconnected patchwork of national parks, forests and wilderness areas. The largest and most emblematic of these is Mt Rainier National Park, inaugurated in 1899, while the most unusual is the Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, formed in 1982, two years after the mountain's eruption.

While development inside the parks is refreshingly light, keen downhill skiers can find solace at Crystal Mountain, just outside the limits of Mt Rainier National Park.

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South Cascades in detail