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Cowlitz Chimneys and the Sarvant Glaciers

The Cowlitz Chimneys and Sarvant Glaciers at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, USA.

cowlitz chimneys and the sarvant glaciers in mount rainier national park

Cowlitz Chimneys and the Sarvant Glaciers in Mount Rainier National Park

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   I have most often viewed the Cowlitz Chimneys in Mount Rainier National Park from the eastern side of the park near Tipsoo Lake. I photographed this panorama of the Chimneys from the Sunrise area of the park along the Silver Forest Trail. The Cowlitz Chimneys are the remains of a rhyolite plug at Mount Rainier and the highest Chimney (South Chimney) has an elevation of 2318m (7605 ft). I had thought when I made this photograph that the patches of snow and ice below the chimneys were just that – the remaining snowfall from the previous winter. However, upon some research it seems that these are the Sarvant Glaciers and are “permanent”. From comparison photographs it seems these glaciers may have melted beyond their usual ebb and flow in recent years due to lower snowfall levels in the winter and warmer temperatures.

You can see more photographs from this area in my Mount Rainier National Park Gallery.

Mt. Rainier from Tipsoo Lake Lookout

mount rainier from tipsoo lake lookout

9 exposures stitched, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 IS USM @ 97mm

Mount Rainier with the Cowlitz Chimneys, Barrier Peak and Governors Ridge in the foreground (L to R). I shot this panorama during my last trip to Mount Rainier National Park from a spot along SR 410 near my other Tipsoo Lake panorama.

Sunrise Point Panorama

Panorama from Sunrise Point in Mt. Rainier National Park. From left to right: Crystal Mountain, Yakima Peak, Natches Peak, Governors Ridge, Tamanos Mountain, Goat Island Mountain, Cowlitz Chimneys, Little Tahoma, and Mt. Rainier. The White River is in the foreground.

11 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm

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sunrise point and mt rainier

The Cowlitz Chimneys

The Cowlitz Chimneys are comprised of the Main (south) Chimney (7600 feet or 2 316 m), the Central (middle) Chimney (7420 feet or 2 261 m) and the North Chimney (7015 feet or 2 138 m). The Chimneys lie to the East of Mt. Rainier and just south of the Goat Island and Tamanos Mountains. These shots are taken from Sunrise in Mt. Rainier National Park.

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Sunrise Panorama

Panorama taken near the road to Sunrise in Mt. Rainier National Park. From left to right the names of the prominent peaks are: Tamanos Mountain, the Cowlitz Chimneys, Goat Island Mountain, and of course, the lower parts of Mt. Rainier. This was just after I had learned how quickly the weather can change – within 5 minutes the Sourdough Mountain ridge at Sunrise had completely been overcome with clouds and the temperature dropped dramatically. This was pretty much the last glimpse of Mt. Rainier from Sunrise that day.

9 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm

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