The Tatoosh is a prominent subrange near Mt. Rainier National Park’s southern boundary. It’s a pretty mini-mountain range, with the world’s best view of Mt. Rainier. Unicorn, the highest and most enjoyable Tatoosh peak, offers relatively “painless” mixed scrambling and rock climbing in a spectacular alpine area (imagine a half-size scale model of Mt. Jefferson, close to the road). See Beckey’s Cascade Alpine Guide for more detailed look at this area’s geologic and climbing history.
References:<br> Maps: USGS 7 ½ minute series, Tatoosh Lakes and Mt. Rainier East; Green Trails: Mt Rainier East / Packwood<br> Books: Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass, by Fred Beckey<br> Web: Rainier NP’s web site: http://www.nps.gov/mora (with lots of climbing related info),<br> Weather: http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Unicorn-Peak/forecasts/2125<br> http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-121.71025&lat=46.75044#.VWJKOE_BzRY<br> Rainier weather report: http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/weather.htm