Thursday, July 27th … Day 81 … Hiking Day … Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Thursday, July 27th … Day 81 … Hiking Day … Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Cool wake up about 48 degrees, dark forest, Bacon, eggs and home fries …. We are off to the eastern side of the park today, about a 1 hour plus drive, this place it’s big, 378 square miles, Rainier is 14,410’ tall, the 93 mile long Wonderland Hiking Trail circles the mountain and only one road and that circles the park. You could spend all your time just touring this road, extraordinary, mile after mile of jaw dropping scenery, hair raising drops, deep valleys, tall snow-capped mountain peaks, thundering waterfalls and a few dark mountain tunnels just to keep you awake! Wow! This area receives about 20’ of snow per year. Our hike starts at Tipson Lake where we hop on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) for about 2 miles and then joins the Naches Trail for our return to the lake. Well this one tops ‘em all, the most scenic hike we have ever been on. Hiking at about 6,000’ again it did get our hearts pumping a little but the never ending alpine meadows dotted with patches of snow and exploding with new spring flowers at every turn set the tone for our day. Some of the flowers reminding us of Horton the Elephant characters. Wild! Off in the distance glacier melt ponds and lakes, towering snow covered mountains, steep rocky cliffs, hemlocks, firs and cedars filling the forest. We walked on snow today, What?! It’s late July! Wow! So glad we got out of the truck and stepped into and experienced this magnificent place… words don’t touch it! Of course we followed it up with a picnic lunch … on the way back there was a huge cycling event going on, had to be over 200 cyclists racing through the park, amazing ….. amazing … amazing!

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High on the trail.....

won't forget this walk in the woods....

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Lots of posies......

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