Inter Glacier

The Inter Glacier or Interglacier, is a small glacier on the northeast face of Mount Rainier in Washington. The body of ice has a volume of 0.6 billion feet3 (17 million m3) and covers an area of 0.3 mile2 (0.8 km2).[2] The glacier lies on top of a wedge called the Steamboat Prow in between the Emmons Glacier to the south and the Winthrop Glacier to the north. The glacier starts below the Steamboat Prow at about 9,400 feet (2,900 m) and flows northeast down to its moraine at 7,000 feet (2,100 m).[3] The gentle topography under the glacier results in a smooth glacial surface with little in the way of crevasses.[1] A small subsidiary peak of Rainier, named Mount Ruth, lies adjacent to the glacier.[3] Meltwater from the glacier drains into the White River.[2]

Inter Glacier
Rainier View from Burroughs 2 (1)
Steamboat Prow, 9,680 feet (2,950 m), (center) with the small Inter Glacier on its northeast face. Steamboat Prow divides Emmons Glacier (left) from Winthrop Glacier (right).
TypeMountain glacier
LocationMount Rainier, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Coordinates46°52′35″N 121°43′37″W / 46.87639°N 121.72694°W[1]
Area0.3 mile2 (0.8 km2), 1983[2]

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References

  1. ^ a b Google Earth images.
  2. ^ a b c "DESCRIPTION:Mount Rainier Glaciers and Glaciations - Mount Rainier Glacier Hazards and Glacial Outburst Floods". USGS. Retrieved 2007-10-07.
  3. ^ a b "USGS Sunrise (WA) Topo Map". USGS Quad maps. TopoQuest. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
Burroughs Mountain

Burroughs Mountain is on the northeast slope of Mount Rainier above Glacier

Basin. It was named for John Burroughs, the naturalist, who visited the mountain

several times. The mountain was first called John Burroughs Mountain.

Burroughs was born near Roxbury, New York, in April 1837, and died in 1931.

He wrote extensively about his travels and was associated with the conservation movement. He became a well known "character" and is best

remembered for his "Nature Essay." Burroughs Mountain is a high ridge formed from an ancient lava flow. Its three summit plateaus get progressively higher. The mountain, located within Mount Rainier National Park, is notable for alpine tundra, with plants typically seen at much higher latitudes. The tundra ground cover hugs the barren rocky plateau and has a short growing season because snow covers the ridge for much of the year in the harsh alpine climate. The unique fragile alpine tundra can be easily destroyed by people walking off the established trail.

The mountain is a popular hiking destination with grand close-up views of the Emmons Glacier, Winthrop Glacier, Inter Glacier, Fryingpan Glacier, Little Tahoma Peak, and views in all directions because most of the trail is above tree line. The trail starts at the Sunrise Historic District and loops up to First Burroughs Mountain (elevation 7160 feet) and Second Burroughs Mountain (elevation 7402 feet). Third Burroughs Mountain (7828 feet) is off-trail and about another mile beyond Second Burroughs. The loop trail is about 6.2 miles and part of this loop trail includes a short section of the Wonderland Trail. Access is limited by snow closing the Sunrise Road much of the year, and even more by ice blocking the trail above Frozen Lake. July, August, and September are the months when the Sunrise Road is seasonally open for vehicle traffic.

Dege Peak

Dege Peak is a 7,006 feet (2,135 m) summit located in Pierce County of Washington state. It is part of the Sourdough Mountains in Mount Rainier National Park. It was named in 1932 for James Henry Dege (born 1868), a prominent Tacoma businessman and Captain of the First Regiment National Guard of Washington. His mother was a descendant of President Zachary Taylor.

The peak is a popular hiking destination with views of the Emmons Glacier, Winthrop Glacier, Inter Glacier, Fryingpan Glacier, Little Tahoma Peak, and views in all directions because the trail is above tree line. The trail starts at the Sunrise Historic District. Access is limited by snow closing the Sunrise Road much of the year. July, August, and September are the months when the Sunrise Road is seasonally open for vehicle traffic.

Antler Peak is its nearest higher peak, 1.03 mi (1.66 km) to the west. Precipitation runoff from Dege Peak drains into the White River.

List of glaciers in the United States

This is a list of glaciers existing in the United States, currently or in recent centuries. These glaciers are located in nine states, all in the Rocky Mountains or farther west. The southernmost named glacier among them is the Lilliput Glacier in Tulare County, east of the Central Valley of California.

Mount Ruth (Washington)

Mount Ruth is an 8,690 ft summit located within Mount Rainier National Park in Pierce County of Washington state. Part of the Cascade Range, Mount Ruth is situated between the Emmons Glacier and the Inter Glacier. Access is via the Glacier Basin Trail. The name of the peak honors Ruth Knapp, daughter of the prospector who built Knapp's Cabin in Glacier Basin below the peak. Precipitation runoff from Mount Ruth drains into the White River.

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