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2 national parks in Washington among most dangerous in U.S., analysis finds

With sweeping views of Mt. Rainier, hikers walk along the Skyline Trail this week. Fall color is currently at its peak at Mt. Rainier National Park. The lack of snow this fall has allowed the fall colors to progress into warm tones of red and yellow. Temperatures in the 60s have brought many hikers to the Paradise side of the mountain. The forecast predicts sunny skies this week turning to clouds and rain on Friday. Snow is in the forecast next week. 

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An analysis of search-and-rescue incidents recorded by the National Parks Authority between 2018 and 2020 shows that Olympic was the ninth most dangerous national park in America. Mt. Rainier is up there as well.

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