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

    Mount Rainier

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Park Ranger Fatally Shot at Mount Rainier

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Date: January 1, 2012
Contact: Lee Taylor, 360-569-6515

Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, 34, was fatally shot this morning at Mount Rainier National Park. After a driver failed to pull over during a routine traffic stop Ranger Anderson set up a road block to intercept the driver.The assailant got out of his vehicle and shot Ranger Anderson and then fled on foot. It took 90 minutes for back up to reach Ranger Anderson because the assailant continued shooting at law enforcement as they arrived. Visitors at the Paradise area are in lock down at the Jackson Visitor Center along with park staff. The shooter is still at large. Park staff are being assisted in the search for the shooter by Pierce County Sherriff's Department, Washington State Patrol, and the FBI.

Did You Know?

Tahoma Creek suspension bridge

The 93 mile Wonderland Trail encircles the mountain offering hikers commanding views of Mount Rainier blanketed by 25 icy glaciers. The trail leads through extensive subalpine meadows of wildflowers and lowland old growth forest. The Tahoma Creek suspension bridge is part of the Wonderland Trail.