• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

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    Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »

Staying Alive! The Ten Essentials for Your Trip

A compass aligned to north on top of a topographic map.
A map and compass are two of the ten essential items to bring with when hiking.
NPS, Mike Punches
 
Overview: Students will be introduced to the basic ten essentials necessary for taking a short, three to five mile hiking trip into a local park, national park, or other outdoor trip. The students will participate in a series of scenarios assessing their knowledge of the ten essentials and preparedness for surviving common situations they might face on a short hiking trip.
Grade Level:
5 - 12
Objectives: Students will be able to:
  • Identify the ten essential items suggested for travel on any hiking trip.
  • Understand the importance of carrying each of the ten essential items while on a hiking trip into a local park, national park, or other outdoor trip.
  • Identify other items that might be considered for a trip into a local park.
Lesson Plan:
Staying Alive - word, 45KB
Staying Alive - pdf, 541KB
Resources: Staying Alive Ten Essentials
Staying Alive Master Scenario List
Staying Alive Scenarios
Staying Alive Items for Trip
Staying Alive Ten Essentials Quiz

Did You Know?

President Taft visits Paradise in 1911.

In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...