Friday, July 28th … Day 82 … Hiking Day … Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
46 degrees this morning, put the pot on, put the furnace on for a few, light breakfast, on the road early to beat the crowds. We are going to the Paradise area of the park to climb a portion of Rainier. This area has the Inn and Visitor’s Center so it can get a tad busy, there are a lot of short loop trails nearby so everyone can get a taste of the outdoors here without having to gear up and get dirty, the first quarter mile is paved and wide, then the next is gravel, then a narrow one way trail up & up, steep and strenuous, take your pick. We combined several trails eventually following the Deadhorse Creek and that met up with the Skyline trail that ran us up to the base of the Nisqually Glacier on Rainier, I guess about 6,000, elevation. The hike was only 3 ½ miles, but steep and strenuous, many overnighters huffing and puffing their way up with full packs. Like yesterday wild Alpine Meadows were putting on a show in the bright early morning sun, flowers of every size shape and color spotted the landscape, the higher we climbed the more mountains came into view and the sound of waterfalls dropping from the glacier filled the air. Spotted another Spruce Grouse just 20’ away and several furry Marmots as well as some of the fattest chipmunks on this planet. Dozens of Hummingbirds flying about and some just landing on branches (never seen one still before). Just a delightful morning, glad we were early because on the way down there was a steady stream of hikers. The past two days we have taken over 250 photos, it’s crazy, words can’t explain the beauty here at Mount Rainer….. rest and chores this afternoon, tomorrow we will hike on the Wonderland Trail (circles the mountain) along the river for a while …. for a bit … for a spell…..
Never ending ........
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