Facing east, across the Nisqually Reach of Puget Sound looms 14,410 Mt. Rainier, the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, and the highest mountain in the U.S. state of Washington. Mount Rainier is ranked third of the 128 ultra-prominent mountain peaks of the United States. Mount Rainier has a topographic prominence of 13,210 ft (4,026 m), which is greater than that of K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain. From the south side of the island lies the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, at the confluence of the Nisqually River and Puget Sound, one of the state’s largest undisturbed waterways and home to over 300 bird species.
From the west side of the island are great views of the Olympic Mountains and closer by Key Peninsula.