We spent a week visiting Mt. Rainier during the middle of July. When we first arrived, the Mountain was clear of couds (see photo # 1, at left). In the afteroon, a few clouds would sometimes form around the mountain, but it stayed remarkably clear for our entire visit.
We joined a Ranger-led walk through the sub-alpine forest near the Paradis Visitor's Center. It was very informative as we learned about the amazing adaptions that are required for plants and animals to survive in this extremely harsh environment. Along the way, Jim spotted a cedar drain pipe that probably dated from the time the Park facilities were first built. It is still there, working the way it was designed to work.
Here are some additional photos of the mountain, taken from different locations and at different times and days: